View Full Version : Would someone recommend the book of C Primer Plus?

10-25-2012, 07:42 PM
For a person like me that never programmed before, and has a mental disorder which prevents me, or that person learning at a normal pace, and would like to learn C/C++. Would someone recommend reading the book of C Primer Plus? Or would someone recommend reading a better C book? Also, what would be a really good free GUI C complier for a Windows 7 desktop PC? Or what about MinGW?

Thank you,

10-25-2012, 07:57 PM
Six (http://cboard.cprogramming.com/general-ai-programming/78266-programming.html) years on this forum and you've never programmed before? There's some good advice on that thread. Start small. If learning is difficult, then go slow enough to gain familiarity with one topic at a time. There's apparently no rush.

And MinGW is a good start - perhaps the Code::Blocks IDE would suit your needs.

10-25-2012, 08:10 PM
That didn't help me. What C programming book is good? Or C Primer Plus is recommended in this case? So, pretty much if I don't understand then I won't get any help, right? I simply asked about a particular book. Sorry I never programmed before. Redirecting back to my lock topic does not help. What would help if someone could either help me, or at least tell me that this forum is unable to help me without linking me to my threads, and then I won't ask my questions.

10-25-2012, 08:21 PM
1. I cannot give any advice about that book in particular. The book I personally learned from probably wouldn't be recommended well anyway (and is likely many years out of date).

2. I linked your old thread because it contained links to tutorials, in case that might help.

3. You asked about a compiler, and I (who also uses Windows 7) mentioned an IDE I've had great satisfaction with.

4. Don't confuse me with the entire forum. I'm sure someone will have better advice for you - I was just trying to offer the best help I could personally.


More information for those who might offer help: Have you never written a program before, ever (even a "Hello World" type introduction)? Or did you get the basics and are looking for further guidance?

10-25-2012, 08:27 PM
I'm sorry. Yes, I will certainly take your advice.

How does the MinGW IDE Code::Blockes work? Or is it already on by default?

I'll take a look in my threads for the tutorials.

I'm sorry again. Will you accept my apology? Thank you for your help and advice.

10-25-2012, 08:44 PM
And IDE (integrated development environment) is nice and friendly, because for basic usage, it take care of most of the details.

There's a tutorial on this site (http://www.cprogramming.com/code_blocks/) for downloading and setting up Code::Blocks.

You need to figure out if you want to learn 'C' or 'C++'. It all depends on what you want to accomplish.

What do you want to accomplish? Are you more interested in software development? Embedded technology (like microcontrollers)? Or just a general education?

And do you have minimal experience? Or zero experience?

Feel free to ask questions if you have an earnest desire to learn. We're here to help.

And don't apologize - showing that you've learned something from the help of others is immensely more gratifying.

10-26-2012, 10:36 AM
Thank you! I just received this reply now. I would like to learn C/C++, and ASM just for fun. Also, I have zero experience including in areas such as HTML, or even in PHP just to name a few. I don't know how to program at all. I'll take a look at the tutorial later. Thank you!