Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)

Author: Greg Perry
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ISBN: 0672305100
Publisher: SAMS (08 April, 1994)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 24,408
Average Customer Rating: 4.61 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
Not depressing like most beginers books.
If you've never programed before, this is the book for you. I've tried several different books, and most either start out by pointing out that the author doesn't "really" think you're the village idiot, or drone on about why C is too complicated for mere mortals to swallow anyway.

Instead, Perry leaps right into the coding while minimizing the techno-babble. He makes it seem as easy as it really is, from start to finish. He starts with the basics, keeping them basic, and presents each new concept in an easily digestable manner. The information flows so easily and coherently that you'll be surprised at how quickly you're picking it all up. This isn't to say that learning C won't take dedication on your part, just that it is not rocket science as most would have you believe.

By the time you've finished the book, you'll have a decent understanding of how to write simple DOS programs. Once you feel comfortable with C, I'd recomend Charles Petzold's, "Programming Windows". Windows programming is a bit more complicated, but with Perry's help you'll be better prepared to takle it.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Incredibly Helpful
I'm using this book to prepare for my first C programming class, and so far is has been perfect. I first tried to learn C by using a programming textbook, but it just didn't explain things as well as I needed. I debated between this book and C for Dummies, finally deciding on this one because it looked more user-friendly. And I have not been disappointed! All the nuances of C are explained and not glossed over (like in a general textbook). He explains everything in a very easy-to-read way. I feel totally prepared for a real C programming class now. This book is GREAT!!

Rating: 5 out of 5
An excellent book on C for "beginners". Anyone with previous programming knowledge should look elsewhere.

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