[Noisebridge-discuss] Recommendations for learning C?

Robert Chu robertayoungchu at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 16:22:23 PST 2012


Harvey (who comes in at night usually) was tutoring me on C, and he said he
didn't like how the book I was using layed out it's code exercises.
So I am a little on the fence about continuing with Learn C in 21 Days. I
most likely will focus more on comprehending it then working with the code
exercises there.

Cheers
Rayc

On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Matt Joyce <matt at nycresistor.com> wrote:

> 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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