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C for Dummies, Volume 1 Paperback – August 23, 1994

ISBN-13: 078-5555058781 ISBN-10: 1878058789

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (August 23, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878058789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878058782
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Write — and Understand — C Programs in No Time!
  • The Fun and Easy Way to Find Out About C Programming
  • Your First Aid Kit for Writing and Using C Programs
  • Use C to Tell Your Computer What to Do — Explained in Plain English
Free C "Cheat Sheet" Inside

C For Dummies, Volume One, is for you if you've tried to figure out C Programming but have met with keyboard-pounding frustration. This book assumes you don't have a Ph.D. or work at MIT or Bell Labs. You're a bright person, but you require a bit more handholding than you have found in any other C book. You have your complier. You have that will. Fear not! This hand guide will get you up and running with the C language in an informative and entertaining way not yet conceived by any other programming book.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to:

  • Find coverage on all popular compilers, including the latest from Borland and Microsoft
  • Discover "Cheat" boxes that offer useful tips on typing in programs
  • Write your own C program and make it do something useful!
  • Use a compiler to translate source code into language your computer can understand
  • Avoid unimportant or laborious concepts
  • Find no math! (Okay, very little math.)
  • Uncover shortcuts, tips, and suggestions for avoiding pitfalls
  • Hone your C knowledge with chapter quizzes and final exams

About the Author

Dan Gookin is the author of IDG Books Worldwide's #1 international bestseller DOS For Dummies, 2nd Edition, as well as Word For Windows 95 For Dummies, and PCs For Dummies, 4th Edition. He is the coauthor of Illustrated Computer Dictionary For Dummies, 2nd Edition.

More About the Author

Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for over 20 years. He combines his love of writing with his gizmo fascination to create books that are informative, entertaining, and not boring. Having written more over 120 titles with 12 million copies in print translated into over 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes seems to work.

Perhaps his most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world's fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times #1 bestseller (though as a reference, it could not be listed on the NYT Bestseller list). From that book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomena to this day.

Dan's most popular titles include PCs For Dummies Word For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Droid X For Dummies. He also maintains the vast and helpful Web site, www.wambooli.com.

Dan holds a degree in Communications/Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Presently, he lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his sons playing video games inside while they watch the gentle woods of Idaho.

Customer Reviews

Overall, well-written, funny, understandable and clear.
"levigardner"
Start to finish I read this book like it was a novel, lol I wanted to keep reading and find out what others things I could do!
Jeff Carter
I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about programming or learning the c language.
Kenneth L Bieber, Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn how to program C, but don't know anything about programming, that's alright. This is the ONLY book that takes you from complete computer ignoramus to an intermediate programmer! Get it now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1996
Format: Paperback
I've read books before that try to teach you something
difficult, like..oh..really understanding Windows 95. But
this book doesn't throw you into the Sea of C without a life
jacket. The author, starts out with a laugh and ends with
a laugh. If the author wasn't such a good programmer, I'd
suggest that he get a job as a comedian. But even though
he does make a lot of jokes, he accomplishes teaching you a
somewhat difficult thing, the C programming language. Wow,
a self teaching book that actually accomplishes what it sets
out to do. Oh my God, I would have just bought the book to
see that. The author walks you through C with alot of
examples, and ALOT of patience. The only reason I didn't give
the book a perfect 10 is because it doesn't go through the
majority of the language. There's a second volume which I am
still waiting for. But since it is going to be written by
the same author, I will of course be first in line to buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony on March 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn C, this is the one book to buy. If you get stranded on a desert island and have nothing but a C compiler, this is the book for you. Seriously, if you have been looking to learn C but don't know which to buy, BUY THIS ONE! I went through 3 other beginners C books and I couldn't understand them, this one I went through in a week and I loved it. If you buy the book and do not like it, then you might not have a sense of humor, lots of jokes in the book. I just wish Dan would write books on Java and C++. The book is funny and very easy to understand, the perfect book for the person who knows nothing about programming. Dan, you rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Carter on January 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing, it teaches C in a way that you can understand; with either little knowledge of programming or absolutly none, this book is the best out there. Start to finish I read this book like it was a novel, lol I wanted to keep reading and find out what others things I could do!
Also: pick up his second volume, C for dummies Volume 2 while you are at it, it picks up where this one left off with more advanced topics such as pointers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.H on January 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are new to computer programming and or the C language, C for dummies is the book for you. Dan Gookin has a way of making sense out of programming that no other author was able to show me. Dan's humor and style make learning fun. I cant wait to start the next volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
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I bought this book knowing that is was slow moving, which was what I thought I would want from it, having found all other C books way too technical. Whilst this book is good at getting over the very basic concepts of C (OK I haven't read vol. 2 yet), it is the other extreme - very very very slow moving. By page 150 it is just getting past printing stuff in pure text mode onto the screen. I guess I under-estimated myself in terms of how well I would pick up the functions!
I thought it was too slow for me, although did help me a little with the slight differences between C and say, Perl, which I already had some experience with. If I hadn't had any experience with Perl, I think this book would have been ideal! As for a comment I saw saying that the programs don't compile properly, it has been tested on Microsoft and Borland C compilers, and I tried using the generic instructions with DJGPP (a freeware compiler) and they worked fine!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Patterson on October 14, 2003
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The amount of non-standard code and poor programming practices inside this book are astounding. Let me iterate that main() must return int. dos.h is not a standard header file. It must be understood that C is a portable language, with certain "built in" functions and header files. As a beginner book, I believe that you should understand the actual language, before moving into different extensions of it. Many people do not use DOS/Windows for development. I use Linux for instance. On an upside, the writer does have a sense of humour, which is the only thing that prevented me from throwing this book into the trash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kooman on June 5, 2000
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Like all of the "For Dummies" books, this volume caters to the absolute layman. NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF PROGRAMMING NECESSARY. Everything is explained extremely, extremely lucidly so that a complete ignoramus can learn the language somewhat proficiently. There is only one warning I have. Dont expect to become an expert at C after reading both volumes. Go to another book, such as "C How to Program" or the Kernighan and Ritchie classic for intermediate to advanced programming.
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