[Noisebridge-discuss] Recommendations for learning C?

bandit bandit at cruzio.com
Fri Mar 9 13:35:22 PST 2012


I happen to be a C expert (30+ years, well over a million LOC as a guess).
I am glad to answer C questions when I am at NB on Saturdays.
(I am the guy with one hand.)

I recommend "Learn C in 21 days" over the white book.
The white book (K&R 2) is the absolute best piece of tech writing I have
ever seen,
but for a beginner, "21 days" is better - it breaks the pieces down better.

... bandit


>
>
>     Great! I've been lonely in there the last several
> weeks. Note that Robert is finishing up his SQL class
> at 6 PM and tends to run over. We can deal with that.
>     Note also that the format is specified as "study
> group" rather than class. The idea is that we're all
> humbly studying along trying to help each other; the
> class format is that some one person goes blah blah...
> and everybody else has to shut up and listen.
>     In fact, mostly the C part of things has been a
> class, but that's entirely negotiable per your (and
> anyone-else-who-shows-up's) wishes.
>     You've got access to a linux computer, yes?
>
>
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> On Thu, 2012-03-08 at 12:03 -0800, Robert Chu wrote:
>> Thank you all for recommendations so far.
>>
>>
>> Daravine: if I could borrow The C Programming Language, 2nd Edition,
>> by Kernighan and Ritchie. That would be wonderful.
>>
>>
>> Andy: Thank you for the recommendations.
>>
>>
>> Jim: I am looking into coming in on Tuesdays to attend the C class.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks for all the given and upcoming recommendations
>> Cheers
>> Rayc
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM, jim <jim at systemateka.com> wrote:
>>
>>            Why don't you come by the Turing classroom at 6 PM
>>         some Tuesday evening. That place/time is scheduled for
>>         C programming (and assembler, per interest) on Linux.
>>
>>            As to books, that depends on your experience. If you
>>         have little or no programming experience, then Stephen
>>         Kochan's ANSI C is probably the best book--it is not
>>         complete but it's a really well written intro to the
>>         language. Also Steven Prata (C Primer Plus) and Robert
>>         LaFore (I forget the title) have very good books for
>>         people just getting into C.
>>
>>            One of the best books for those who are serious was
>>         put out by MIX publishing. It claims it's written for
>>         intermediate level students, but those must be some smart
>>         and/or determined intermediates. It's divided into two
>>         sections, tutorials and reference. Both sections have
>>         lots and lots of examples, and to have example code for
>>         each library function is rare in a book.
>>            I donated a couple of copies to the library. I'm
>>         afraid that some pinhead threw them out because they're
>>         written for MS-DOS. That they're written for MS-DOS has
>>         nothing to do with their value. It's the explanations and
>>         example code that's valuable.
>>
>>            The K&R book has two editions: you probably have the
>>         ANSI C edition; check to be sure, as the older edition is
>>         pre-ANSI spec and in a few ways will throw you off.
>>
>>            There is a huge number of tutorials on the internet.
>>         It takes time to sort through those that make sense to you.
>>         I have links to some that I like. Wikipedia has very good
>>         info on C programming.
>>
>>
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>>         On Thu, 2012-03-08 at 07:01 -0800, Robert Chu wrote:
>>         > Good morning Noisebridge Community,
>>         >
>>         >
>>         > I have decided to start learning C programming and was
>>         wondering if
>>         > anybody could give me good recommendations on: books,
>>         videos, talks,
>>         > papers, etc. So far I am studying from the book Sam's Teach
>>         Yourself C
>>         > in 21 Days Sixth Edition.
>>         >
>>         >
>>         > All resource recommendations are greatly appreciated, and
>>         most likely
>>         > would be a catalyst to my learning.
>>         >
>>         >
>>         > Cheers
>>         > Rayc
>>
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