How did you learn C programming?

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    How did you learn C programming?

    My question is, "Is it necessary that one go to school to learn C?"

    What are some, or if there is any, requirements to be an expert programmer? Is it just how much effort one put into it..?

    I'm asking this because I havn't got any schooling on this matter and I'm now trying to study it on my days off from my work.

    So I'd like to get a response from individuals of this site about how they got to this point. Perhaps, a brief history of yourself would be nice.

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    I learned C and C++ just from books, never in school.
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    >I learned C and C++ just from books, never in school.

    But did you go to school that teachs you about computer?

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    I learned C by reading a C++ book, and really picking up the pieces

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    I was taught C in a class, everything I know about C++ was self taught from books and forums like this one. You don't need to take a class, just a good book and a place (like this one) where you can ask questions when you get stuck.
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    I learned from books, forums, online tuts, and lots of example code. And yes, you do have to put alot of effort into it, C(++) isn't easy to learn.

    >> But did you go to school that teachs you about computer?
    Basic computer operating is totally different than actuall programming, it wouldn't make much of a difference.

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    Basic computer operating is totally different than actuall programming, it wouldn't make much of a difference.
    But CS course can give you some viewing of the programming that is hard to achieve just by studying examples... Programming is not just a code-writing, it is a little bit more there.
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    I learned C from books and experimentation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Utopus View Post
    But did you go to school that teachs you about computer?
    Not really. Everything we learned at school about computers I already knew.

    On the other hand, I later started studying CS, and I learned lots of new things there.
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    I learned C/C++ in my Computer Science course



    and no....you dont have to go to class to learn C/C++ just get a few books and start reading/coding
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    Well, I learned programming by reading the manual that came with my Commadore VIC-20. Later I taught myself assembly by reading the manual that came with the compiler for the VIC-20. Then when they taught us basic computer operation in 7th grade, I hacked the grades and gave my friends A's. They had a class in college for C/C++, but it was mainly targetted to the PLC-5, so I mostly learned everything I know about C/C++ from books, and practical experience. About the only CS I know is amdahl's equation, and that its only good as a rule of thumb measure. IMO the best people in any field tend to be self taught.
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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    I learned it from the internet, which is a really bad idea I might add. The internet suxx

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    I learnt PHP from books and by helping people online. Later, I was taught C++ in junior college, but for it the first year it was basically a variant of C with cin and cout. They introduced classes and OOP in the second year with minimal coverage of C++ strings. I pretty much had to pick up more modern C++ myself from books and online messageboards.
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    The knowledge of C was downloaded directly into my brain when I interfaced with the Ancient Database on P4R-611. Along with that critical knowledge, I also received the information required to make the world's first buckwheat pancake.

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    Really? I learnt C when I was stuck in a time loop because of P4X-639

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