[Noisebridge-discuss] Recommendations for learning C?

Brian Cloutier briancloutier2010 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 12:26:21 PST 2012


On Mar 9, 2012 4:22 PM, "Robert Chu" <robertayoungchu at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> 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. .

This is a mistake I make all the time, don't worry too much about
optimizing how you learn. To be honest it doesn't matter if you're using
the absolute best tool or not, any book is going to get the job done.

This is especially true when it comes to computer programming. No book can
ever teach you how to program, you teach yourself and the book is there to
make it easier to teach yourself.

> I most likely will focus more on comprehending it then working with the
code exercises there

This is a terrible idea, the most important thing you can do is exercise
the things you've learned by practicing and trying them out with real code.
The arguments you will have with your compiler are invaluable.

- Brian

> 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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