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    C How to Program by Deital is good, but extremely dense and much worse for it.
    Last edited by Salem; 12-10-2009 at 09:05 AM. Reason: I'm not having people recommend herbie schildt without knowing what they're talking about

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    I am very happy with "a Book on C" by Al Kelley and Ira Pohl (4th edition). It's about ANSI C.
    It explains everything very well and (for me) in depth.

    The biggest advantage is that it starts with an "overview of c" (first chapter, about 50 pages) to get one started. Then you can read on, chapter by chapter, but with the foundations you have from the overview, it should be possible to jump to other chapters.

    Very good exercises at the end of each chapter.
    I have the dutch translation "De Programmeertaal C".

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    The C programming Language by Kernighan and Ritchie is a very good introductory book for learning C. But it is also a very concentrated book and every word has to be read with care as it contains a lot of details.

    If you do not have any experience in programming, I suggest you first read the book by Balagurusamy and then K & R.

    I don't recommend Let us C because it contains a lot of stuff specific to Windows which is not needed for beginners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by =CrAzYG33K= View Post
    Let us C by Yeshwanth Kanitkar - I got this book from my college
    library. This is a popular book and is available everywhere. The language
    used is simple and is the best for beginners.
    It is a MUST for all beginners! and is in pretty simple language too!
    I have 8th edition(9th edition is out BTW!).From 5th edition ,this book have chapter on GNU/Linux platform as well.Good Job

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    Quote Originally Posted by prakashjk View Post
    I have 8th edition(9th edition is out BTW!).From 5th edition ,this book have chapter on GNU/Linux platform as well.Good Job

    This is the problem........C is not an Easy language. Every wondered why System Engineers get paid the most and not Java programmers?........

    Let us C does not tell you anything about :- Memoization, Defensive Programming and Writing Secured C code.

    These 3 aspects are the core of any decent C program and Let us C tells you nothing about that.

    And what about explaining the C libraries?......Ok C has only a bunch of libraries but <ctype.h>, <string.h> and other libraries deserve mention.

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    When I was getting started in C most of the introductory books on C were...well....too introductory. They explained what C was but not really what to do with it. This book by Herb Schildt Amazon.com: Born to Code in C (9780078814686): Herbert Schildt: Books

    teaches with real-world projects (how to create a database, game, etc). More hands-on than many books. For the longest time it was a favorite of mine...
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    "Understanding Pointers in C" by Yashwant Kanetkar.

    Its a very nice book, contains nice examples and easy to understand. It is best for the beginners.

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    I'm almost done reading The C Programming Language 2nd edition. I'm at the 8th chapter, and i started to wonder what book should i pick next.

    K&R is my first book.

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    There are actually many good books on C. However, i feel that most times you can find just about everything that you are looking for online. What most programmers really want is a good reference and not a book explaining every possible detail on C.

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    Which Book Next

    I just completed ANSI C By Balaguruswamy
    I learned basics in loops,decision making,arrays and structure which book can come next for me
    I want to learn some graphics, and other beauty about C language

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    This is amazing

    read the book "illustrating C"

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    i use sams C primer plus as my first book to learn C,
    i like this book , it also include many ansi c features.
    and i read this book , the c programming language, i use this book as reference

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    C Programming is another nice book to begin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plain View Post
    I have several C programming books and the one I like best is 'A Step-by-Step Guide To C Programming' by Jean Paul Corriveau. I bought in a second hand store for 75 cents. It appears from some of the seller stamps on the back to be a early college text and was published in 1998.

    I like it because Mr. Corriveau doesn`t assume you have any experience and takes you through each phase of learning one step at a time. He explains what I think is the major downfall of beginners since I am one: syntax and formatting. There are plenty of examples along the way but he doesn`t get bogged down in one area. It is really a good self-teaching book if you can find it.

    If you can find one and buy it you won`t regret it.
    I happen to be the author of that book! Thanks for the good word. The book had so few sales that Prentice-Hall no longer prints it. I had a contract to write for PH a C++ book with the same simple approach. But I ran out of time and energy. So, it never reached publication. C or C++ is out of my professional life now. If you google my full name, you will discover where my new interest is now...

    Cheers!

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    I'm by no means an expert.

    I've heard that K&R is an excellent book, so I bought it.

    I also bought C All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies.


    Is there anything anyone can recommend to me to pay extra attention to in either of these books?

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