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  • By Alex on April 6, 2014

    I bought this book because other reviewers said it was very good. And it is well organized and written. Some reviewers thought that the jokes were superfluous, and some are. It would be nice if the so called humor was marked so you could skip it, as it does not really add to the learning. The problem I had with the book is that I could not see how the programs to ran from my IDE because the DOS window would flicker and close instantly. Starting them from the CMD prompt was slow because I had to type in the whole directory name - which seemed to be made unnecessarily long for no reason (as least not explained in the book). I had to go on line and search for answers - like finding a needle in a haystack for someone who knows nothing about programming like me. It would have been so much easier if the author had explained how to do this in Chapter 1. If you have buy this book and use and IDE and you cant get your programs to run, try entering - getchar(); - before the last line - return(0);. You may have to add that line after the - scanf(); functions also.Another problem is the very first program. The classic program that everyone in the world writes for their first program is called the "Hello World" program. The author chose to distort that to the "Goodbye Cruel World" program. This was an unfortunate choice, quite tactless. The is such a huge problem with teen and young adult suicide these days, many of these kids are depressed, at the very age when one is learing how to program, that this seems to be insensitive. He could have tried "Look out World, here I come!

  • By Nick Tuttle on February 23, 2015

    This book is excellent for getting a jump start if you have never or hardly ever coded C. I found this book full of straight to the point information and you begin putting your skills to the test immediately. Great buy.

  • By docbill on March 20, 2013

    I like it as it is one of the few books that are pure C (I use it in my microcontroller class) and it costs about 1/5 of what C textbooks cost. Lots of examples and still on line support. I recommend it as a good start to anyone who wants to learn C. Some topics, like file I/O are lacking, but otherwise it is a good first book,

  • By Marc Doyon on July 20, 2015

    good book easy to read and understand

  • By Robyn H. on September 30, 2013

    Helpful for a few of my classes when dealing with programming. easy to understand and comprehend also easy too look for vital information through the back of the book.

  • By customer on November 9, 2016

    positive

  • By Clayton Johnson on August 26, 2011

    This book truly is a great place to start learning C. It doesn't expect you to have any background in programming, which is a huge plus. I took a programming class my first semester at college and passed with ease (one of the professors at the school wrote the book for the class and it was really easy to understand). The second semester we started learning C and I think the worst thing about the class was the book. The book expects you to understand a bunch of terminology and gives you examples that make little sense unless having prior experience.This text is well written and isn't dry at any point. The author is constantly using humorous examples to keep your attention. The text does use examples that work in Borland and MS text editors/compilers, but if you use a free text editor/compiler like Code::Blocks you should be perfectly fine.I read something about the compilers that are used in the book not being compatible with Linux in another review, but I think that the author was using the two most popular environments at the time. There are other compilers that will work with Linux (I know Code::Blocks works with Ubuntu Linux, but not everyone uses Ubuntu).Short version: If you have any curiosity (or just want a great refresher because you forgot it over summer, haha) to learn C language and want to be able to understand it the first time, I highly recommend Vol. 1 and 2. Most other books will give you a big run around and not spell it out in common people terms, which is fine for some people but these books have the rest of us covered :)

  • By Desertman84 on August 23, 2015

    Dan Gookin uses humor extremely well to teach about the basics of the C language in C For Dummies.It is fast,concise and versatile. As Gookin would state,"It is time to boss your computer around instead of the other way around". Also,it takes the mystery out of programming especially for newbies in the programming world and those who have yet to learn their first language. I consider it a great primer for C and one would learn the basics painlessly especially with the use of humor considering the jokes worked extremely well.


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