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Let Us C (Computer Science) 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1934015254
ISBN-10: 1934015253
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Y. P. Kanetkar is a popular author and world-renowned instructor who has written several books and software programs in C and C++.
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Product Details

  • Series: Computer Science
  • Paperback: 593 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 8 edition (March 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934015253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934015254
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am totally at a loss at figuring out this ridiculous excuse for a book had managed to survive eight editions...this is an insult and and a mockery to the C language and to everyone who is serious and curious enough to learn it,in these days dominated by the "easier" C# , Java &co.
There is actually a dire need for a comprehensive, accurate, engaging and fun to read book on C (the one I dream about would be one introducing at the same time operating system and C programming, or embedded programming and C) so even a mediocre text would be welcome, but reading this one will be a major waste of time or money for any reader, and as other have noted might even be dangerous as it will lull you into the illusion of knowing the fundamentals of C programming while you have barely scratched its surface.
This book is so bad that I don 't even know where to start to bash it.. it's a superficial, boring, wordy descriprion of the syntax illustrated by stupidly simple examples, it won't teach you neither programming conceps nor the richness , intricacies and richness of the language. Being such an "essential" language, C can be made to appear deceptively simple. That's exactly what this text does. Dynamic memory allocation is barely mentioned, pointers get just a cursory treatment.. no mention whatsoever about data structures.. basically all you can do after wading through the hundreds of pages of this text is writing for loops and if conditionals...
As if this was not enough, this book is abysmally obsolete. The author has evidently never taked the trouble to update his text through the many editions.. it's still about 16 bit integers and turbo c/c++, and towards the end it talks about win32 programming (yeah the hungarian notation ridden basic windows API..
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Don't waster your time or money on this. The book is a filthy mashup of the most useless things one could think of. The author quibbles with the syntax and has nothing useful to say. It is surprising how it survives eight editions. The very things you are told not to worry about, for example, interpreting expressions like ++c--++, y----++, and so on, because such evaluation depends on how the compiler parses expressions, and has nothing to do with programming, fills the book from cover to cover.
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This books is for you only if :

1) You are completely new to C.
2) Have no prior or little knowledge or programming.
3) Want to develop logical thinking with c programming.

The author explains basic programming concepts in much detail to get you started with programming.
If you have knowledge of other programming language then you might be familiar with for loops and if statements.
In that case you can get another book for quick translation. This books assumes that you haven't done any programming before.
Several basic data types and control statements are covered in depth.
I would recommend to get a copy of Let us C solutions for practice problems too.
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