Best C Book

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    Best C Book

    i bet you all get this a lot, but what is the best book for a beginner to buy? i don't just want to know simple stuff though, i would like to be fairly advanced by the time i finish the book. are the "C for dummies" books any good? i can get the first and second edition for $40. any suggestions?

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    If you can get both books for $40 that sounds like a deal. Most of the good books aren't much better than any other good C book, just different. The only book that can really be considered the BEST is the K&R series, written by C's inventors. Be sure to get either ANSII or the newer version, not the first.

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    A lot of people say that the C Programming language book by K&R is a great book, a little bit difficult for new people to the language, but still, a great reference, you can download this book in kazaa or another place.

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    Problem Solving Using C
    Structured Programming Techniques
    by Yuksel Uckan

    This is a great book for beginners and I still use it to this day as a reference. I have the second edition, however I've had this book for probably four years so I'm sure there must be a newer edition by now.

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    C How to program, by Deitel and Deitel, is a good book, I like the it's style in presenting information.
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    ive just received my "Pointers on C" book byKenneth A. Reek
    and IMO its not for totally newbies its more for "advanced" ppl.
    but u can still have a look at it fo reference

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    Originally posted by GanglyLamb
    ive just received my "Pointers on C" book byKenneth A. Reek
    and IMO its not for totally newbies its more for "advanced" ppl.
    but u can still have a look at it fo reference
    Is that book only about pointers in C?!
    If so, I never thought that there will be a book about pointers in C, only.
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    I have found that the Sams 'Teach yourself C for Linux Programming,' while not maybe a stand alone book, is a good addition to say K&R's book. What I mean by this is that, for me, it has been a very good compliment to K&R.

    http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/item.a...2F6BEBA89F2502

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    >>Is that book only about pointers in C?!
    Nope, but it does focus on them a lot because they're so nice :-)
    *Cela*

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    From my own personal experience, I've found just being in possession of K&R's The C Programming Language improves your ability to code*. It has a mystical influence on your spirit, as it subconsiously teaches you C.

    And it's a good reference to boot.

    The only beef I have with it is that 30 (Well, it was when I bought it 3 years ago) for a book printed using UNIX tools and a cheap printer is a bit much. How much was it when it first came out?

    *Not a guarantee.

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    Originally posted by Cela
    >>Is that book only about pointers in C?!
    Nope, but it does focus on them a lot because they're so nice :-)
    That's more reasonable... And yes pointers are a very important part of C and C++, although many people think they are not easily learned, but to be a pro. in C or C++ one should master pointers... especially for implementing data structures, and for windows programming.
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    Let's say, pointers is one of the main important's things that a C/C++ programmer should learn, and yes, it's not so easy

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