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Monday, May 17, 2004

--[ Book Review: C Primer Plus 4th edition




* by Stephen Prata
* Paperback: 970 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.10 x 9.26 x 7.36
* Publisher: SAMS; 4th edition (September 19, 2001)
* ISBN: 0672322226

Book Excerpt:

-[ C Primer Plus is a conversational-style book aimed at those new to C programming. A friendly and easy-to-use self-study guide, this book will be appropriate for serious students of programming, as well as developers proficient in other languages with a desire to better understand the fundamentals of this core language.

As with all the editions, author Stephen Prata's aim has been to create an introduction to C that is instructive, clear, and helpful. Programming concepts are explained along with details of the C language; the book does not assume that you are a professional programmer. Many short, easily typed examples illustrate just one or two concepts at a time, since learning by doing is one of the most effective ways to master new information. Finally, review questions and programming exercises at the end of each chapter punctuate the most critical information and help readers digest the most difficult concepts. The text has been updated to accommodate the emergence of a new standard for C-C99. ]-


After I was done with my C programming course, I decided not to take the advanced portion and learn on my own. I have attempted to read many book on programming in the past but the whole concept never sank in. At college I took the C programming class not because it counts for my credit but because i needed the extra push, and it was well worth it.
I picked up this book from the library about a week ago and have been reading it since, The C Primer Plus is a whooping 750 pages long and consists of 17 chapters. Unlike other books this one gives you the information right away and explains it in a clear and thrall fashion. Although I did have some issues with the book's presentation of certain topics concerning grammar, spelling, and code It's advantages far outweighs the disadvantages. Probably, however, it's biggest drawback is not having answers to the programming exercises and only to the short questions. I would recommend this book to any one who is serious about learning C. The book is for beginners and would take you from a complete newbie in programming to a relatively intermediate level.

C primer plus get an 8 out of 10


Other reviews done on this book:

Linux Questions .org
ACCU.org
The Code Mill
Tao Security (Saturday, November 01, 2003)


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Next read (which i already started) is C programming in 21 days and it is not going to take me 21 days ;)

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