[Noisebridge-discuss] Recommendations for learning C?

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Fri Mar 9 15:49:44 PST 2012


Remember...

Be a pointer.

On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM, Robert Chu <robertayoungchu at gmail.com> wrote:
> I remember you Bandit, thanks for support by being open to answering
> questions.
>
> Cheers
> Rayc
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>> how's your assembler on *nix?
>>
>>
>>
>> On Fri, 2012-03-09 at 14:35 -0700, bandit wrote:
>> > 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?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > 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.
>> > >>
>> > >>
>> > >>
>> > >>
>> > >>
>> > >>
>> > >>         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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