Thread: Programming in C by Stephen Kochan or C Primer Plus by Stephen Prata?

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    Programming in C by Stephen Kochan or C Primer Plus by Stephen Prata?

    Hi,
    I have been through the recommended books link. There was also a question about someone asking between C Primer Plus and another book. But my quesiton is more for the two books - Programming in C by Stephen Kochan or C Primer Plus by Stephen Prata?

    I am planning to buy a book for learning C programming and have focused on these two, but not able to choose one.

    Anyone here could suggest which is a better amongst these two?

    Please note - The C Programming Language by K&R was something I found too terse and difficult for my level.

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    This is a good book: "C Programming: A Modern Approach, 2nd Edition"

    Amazon.com: C Programming: A Modern Approach, 2nd Edition (8601300250168): K. N. King: Books

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kernelpanic View Post
    This is a good book: "C Programming: A Modern Approach, 2nd Edition"

    Amazon.com: C Programming: A Modern Approach, 2nd Edition (8601300250168): K. N. King: Books
    Hi Kernelpanic,

    Thanks for taking time to reply. I had written a reply earlier, but looks like I forgot to hit the "Submit Reply" button, so I've written my answer with request again below.

    I will be thankful if you could let me know why you suggest the K.N. King book? Is it because the two I stated earlier lack in some way or do they contain erroneous code or bad practice?

    Kindly elaborate.

    Thank you once again for taking time to reply.

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    Hello pmu,

    The best way is you look into the books. All three books you will find also as pdf-file so you can see which book is the right for you, and then buy this.


    My best time with C was from 1988 to 1997/98, a long time ago, and I had to always a book for learning. The PDFs now about C are "nice" for me.


    What I have seen is that King, Kochan and Prata all three are well but it is your decision which book is for you the best - structure, conception, expression, etc

    Good luck!

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    I used to teach C & C++ at a University level.

    The book I used to use (Since updated) in my class was:

    C Primer Plus, 6th Edition
    Stephen Prata

    Currently, there is one other that I would also recommend:

    C Programming, A Modern Approach
    Author: K. N. King

    Neither one matches how I taught C, and neither is completely up to date, but either would be good to learn C on your own.

    K&R is a great history book, but IMHO, not acceptable for learning C currently using the C99 or C11 Standard.

    A good classroom course with a qualified instructor is best for most people, but either book would be fine if that is not an option.

    Good luck!

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