Thread: C Book Recommendations

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    C Book Recommendations

    Use this thread to recommend books on C. Please include a description of what this is book is good for, and not good for, etc...

    UPDATE By webmaster--below is a listing of the books most commonly recommended in this thread:

    The C Programming Language, Kernighan and Ritchie
    C: How to Program, Deitel and Deitel
    Sams Teach Yourself C in 21 days, Jones and Aitken
    Let Us C, Kanetkar
    C Primer Plus, Prata

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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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    Let Us C-5th edition
    Yashwant Kanetkar
    This book is best if you are programming for the first time.It does not assume any background knowledge of programming.It teaches C programming using a simple compiler like Turbo C. But once you have mastered basic features it unveils how modern programming world uses it under windows and linux.It contains lot of programming excercise and examples.But buy the latest edition(5th)

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    C How to Program by Deitel and Deitel

    The books really nice for beginners to start out with a modern compiler like VC++ and starts from the basics. It also has special boxes for common errors performance tips portability tips etc.

    Also they teach you a method to implement a problem. Then after they introduce us to a new topic(say arrays) the old problem is revisited and implemented using the new concept(arrays) and shows us how arrays has made the implementation more elegant.
    This really helps in developing a coding style for beginners.

    The only problem i found is that the book is its pretty thick.

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    Best Book for DATA STRUCTURES is

    DATA STRUCTURES By Seymour Lipschutz

    It includes 457 solved problems and algorithms well explained. Very useful for Data Structure Beginners.
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    ANSI C - E . Balagurusumy

    This is the best C primer book especially if you get hold of the latest edition. Especially good for learning the basics of the language as all possible syntax of any new function etc are given and the book is very vivid in nature .This however comes with a price as some advanced concepts are not mentioned at all .If you are trying to learn the C language (which is probably the most difficult part) I strongly suggest this book.

    Other than that for data structures I suggest Data Structures using C by Tenebaum

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    For german users:

    C von A bis Z
    All basics you have to know about C programming. With sourcecode-examples and lots of useful graphics.

    also available as Open Book:

    There's also a Linux-Unix-Programming book and a book for Shell-Programming... (I haven't read them).

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    I like this one

    Try Visual C++ For Dummies. Only the first part is specific to Visual C++, and it goes right from the very begininning of programming, and then finishes with object-oriented.

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    Try Visual C++ For Dummies. Only the first part is specific to Visual C++, and it goes right from the very begininning of programming, and then finishes with object-oriented.
    Of course, being C++ for Dummies, it teaches C++ not C...
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    As the name implies, the book aims to teach programming in the Linux environment and the codes inthe book are written in C. Good for people who want to learn basics of system programming under GNU/Linux.

    The book can be downloaded as seperate PDF files (one PDF for each chapter) from the URL above.

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    Sam's Teach Yourself C for Linux Programming.

    Well presented and good explanations for learning C.

    Out of print but still findable on

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    Harbison & Steele, "A C Reference Manual"

    I'm never far from my copies of K&R (previously mentioned in this thread) and Harbison & Steele's "A C Reference Manual"

    It won't teach you HOW to program C, but it has all the information in one place, neatly accessible, and easy to read.

    If you're just beginning, it may not seem helpful at first, but as you progress, I think you'll find it very nice to have.

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    Try out Advanced C Programming in Unix Environment ... its one of d best book of C in Linux environment

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    Jamsa's C/C++ Programmer's Bible [Jamsa & Krander]

    1500 'versets'; I've found it really useful
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    C PEARlS by Yashwanth Kanethkar is good for some advanced c programming.

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