Thread: Tell me which book to read

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    Tell me which book to read

    What book do you think that should be good enough for a beginner to start with C? I tried to read on The C Programming Langauge by K & R, but it's above my programming knowledge. I bought C/C++/C# Programmer's Bible by Jamsa. If you have already heard of it, do you think that should be enough for a beginner to learn the things where The C Programming Language picks up on?

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    Adrian G. Mowrey

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    The C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie.

    Good for: Learning the C Programming Language.

    Not good for: Learning to program a VCR, learning general programming concepts.. Possibly not ideal if you've never done any programming before, but Your Mileage May Vary.

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    Split from the "book recommendations" thread, which is for "why you think book 'x' is good".
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    "Beginning C" by Ivor Horton.

    Geared for beginners, and also shows several real-world problem solving examples. Covers ALL the basics, and then some. Has a clear writing style, that's easy to follow.

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    You can get the PDF at: /* removed */
    Last edited by laserlight; 06-01-2008 at 11:36 AM. Reason: Link of dubious legal status.

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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

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