C For Dummies

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    C For Dummies

    Is C For Dummies a Booke worth buying? It is £11.99 on amazon.com and i heard its good cuz they have Java, C, C++ for dummies too, a whole set.

    just wondering cuz i might buy it. let me know.

    reece.

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    For 12 bucks I would say, sure why not. I haven't heard anything particularly bad about it. It won't teach you to program wrong. If you have the cash to spend, then go ahead and buy it.
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    The people I know hate that book. Not a book for beginners. If you like tutorial-style books get one of the Teach Yourself C series of books.

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    If C++Builder for Dummies is any indication, I wouldn't waste my time. I picked it up used because there was such a lack of references for C++Builder, but it was useless.

    For C there are so many choices that I wouldn't even bother with a Dummies book.

    I learned C from the Teach Yourself in 21 Days book...that was before the newer series that could do it in 24 Hours... ...I'd suggest it, as well as The New C Primer Plus, which I still refer to on occasion.

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    Thanks for replies.

    So if i was to spend a bit of money on a book, the best shot would be teach yourself C in 21 days? and that would teach more than this website does because ive finished the tutorials for C and im still stuck and dont know how to really build a program.

    does the 21 days book teach OpenGL by anychance, or how to do proper interfaces using widget or whatever because i want to learn to make programs with proper layouts.

    let me know please.

    thanks, reece.

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    C for Dummies is riddled with errors, including the advocacy of utilising undefined behaviour such as fflush(stdin).

    The best book for learning C is probably "The C Programming Language" 2nd edition by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie.

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    I would suggest getting a *good* C-only reference, and then a *good* OpenGL reference...a quick search on half.com showed many OpenGL books...I'm guessing the good ones will assume some proficiency in C...

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    I think it depends on how much previous experience of programming you have. 'C for Dummies' is good if you know absolutely squat - and I'm talking about not even knowing what a variable is - it's really aimed at those whom are complete beginners not only to 'C' but to programming in general.

    "The C Programming Language" 2nd edition by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie. As cwr said, this is a good book, but it's difficult to learn from if your're a beginner, as it assumes previous programming knowledge to a certain extent.

    Get them both

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