Good C book?

This is a discussion on Good C book? within the C Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; Its handy to have hard references around. Especially since instead of saving files to the hard-drive, often times we all ...

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    Its handy to have hard references around. Especially since instead of saving files to the hard-drive, often times we all have a nasty habit of only bookmarking links. Plus you can take a book with you to read while traveling or have something to fall back on when you forget to back up certain documents and reformat.

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    "The C Programming Language" is a great reference, but for a total newb, I'm left wanting more. I'm going to dig through some links and completey forgot about amazon. Thanks for the help everyone.

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    >"The C Programming Language" is a great reference, but for a total newb, I'm left wanting more.
    Fair enough. I was the same way, but I highly recommend going back to K&R every now and again. You'll find that it has a lot more to offer than you think right now. Every time you open it up (for a long time) you'll probably learn something new that was either uninteresting on the last reading, or was too subtle for you to notice at the time.

    Believe it or not, you can learn to program very well with C using just K&R. Of course, if you need more hand-holding on the basics of programming then a second book covering those basics is a good idea. K&R assumes you know the basics from another language.
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    It's weird, books for total n00bs tend to confuse me, personally, even though I am one... K&R is a lot easier for me to comprehend.

    I guess that invalidates any advice I could give you on this subject.
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    What I think causes that confusion is the fact that they may focus on details that need not be given too much energy explaining. Then you are thrown off a little by the fact that so much time and energy was spent on telling you "Put a semicolon at the end of a line of code."

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