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Programming in C (3rd Edition) Paperback – July 18, 2004

ISBN-13: 075-2063326664 ISBN-10: 0672326663 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 3 edition (July 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672326663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672326660
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over two hundred thousand readers agree that Stephen Kochan is among the elite of programming book authors.

The powerful and easy-to-learn C language is still among the most popular programming languages available, especially among game and small device programmers.

Programming in C, Third Edition has been thoroughly updated to the most recent C standard with current source code examples.

Programming in C, Third Edition is a revised edition of a classic programming title. Author Stephen Kochan's style and thorough explanations have earned him a place among the most respected of computer book authors. Although the C programming language hasn't undergone any major changes, it's enjoying new life among game programmers and small device programmers, where its simple elegance makes it the ideal choice for small fast programs. Large game developers, such as Nintendo, use C almost exclusively. This edition combines the time-tested instructional style of Stephen Kochan with updated and relevant examples.

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Learn C programming from one of the best. Stephen Kochan'sProgramming in Cis thorough with easy-to-follow instructions that are sure to benefit beginning programmers. In its third edition, the style in this book remains true to the simple, instructional style of previous editions. It provides you with updated and relevant examples of how C programming can be used with small, fast programs, similar to the programming used by large game developers such as Nintendo. If you want a one-stop-source for C programming, this book is it!


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This is the best introduction to C I have ever found.
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This is an excellent book for beginners who want to learn Programming in the C language.
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The book has a very straightforward style, and was easy for me to understand.
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Nuey on March 23, 2005
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I was still left scratching my head after having read twice and attempting the problems in K&R. Literally, I was excited as I read Kochan's book. His presentation is so clear, with the right balance of explanation and examples without being too wordy/vague/simplistic? (SAMS C in 21 Days) or too terse (K&R).

This book is an excellent introduction to C language (covering all the fundamentals and then some) with some consideration on good programming practices. I'm happy to see they've released a new edition.

After Kochan definitely consider any or all of the following:

C Traps and Pitfalls, Expert C Programming, C Companion, C Puzzle Book, and Memory as a Programming Concept in C/C++. Cheers!
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Todd Wilder on August 28, 2004
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As someone who is very familiar with programming logic using VBA but who has never stepped foot near C or C++, i found this book to be a great book. Technical books can quickly turn into fire kindling if there details that are not fully explained, but so far I have not found a single character of code that is not explained in the book. The book also manages to not be a "Bible" on C, it only presents key programming tools and common, practical programs. An awesome book for both beginners and those who are familiar with programming and simply need the C vocabulary
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
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I found this book indispensable both to learn C and to learn a way of thinking about C. The author uses a well selected and deliberately sequenced set of program examples to thoroughly demonstrate what's going on. These programs are developed and modified from one chapter to the next to show different features of the language. I even have better insight, now, into a few mathematics concepts that I've always had trouble with because of the author's excellent presentation of these concepts using C language -- truly amazing. The writing style is logical, well-paced and consistent -- I never found myself trying to guess what the author meant -- which is pretty incredible with most computer books these days. And after reading the book in its entirety, I was able to see that the whole work was planned to succeed by the thoughtful cohesion of supporting elements (like a good program) rather than thrown together to succeed by sheer force of volume (like, say, a Microsoft product?). The best chapter on C functions that I've read anywhere. Possibly the best introductory book on C in my opinion.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dreyfus on August 9, 2005
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After having unsuccessfully searched for the perfect C tutorials and also K&R C, I can confidently report that this is by far the best introductory text to the C language. You can think of it as K&R in a truly tutorial mode. Very complete coverage of language features and just the right amount of instructional aid without being too terse on the one hand (K&R) and without being to plodding and wordy on the other (Deitel and others). You should find it as a thorough yet relatively quick read. Kochan has a very nice writing style which makes the tutorial also very enjoyable and rewarding. The example programs are short and sweet; very similar to the kinds of programs found in K&R. There are also lots of appropriately challenging programming exercises at the end of each chapter and half the answers are available on the author's website ([...] Another good feature is that the tutorial is arranged by subject matter so you can use it also as a user-friendly reference in addition to K&R.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gary King on October 7, 2004
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I suggest this book to anyone who wants to, or are thinking of, delving into C - no matter how deep!

What I love about this book is that it's good for a non-motivated person like me as well, because the exercises at the end of each chapter really make me wanting to finish them up (sort of like how teacher used to make us do it in high school.) If you think you already know the material of a chapter, then just skip to the exercises and try to see if you can do those - if you can, then just continue on. If you can't, then simply check over the chapter again to re-test your knowledge.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1999
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Over the years I read over 30 books on computer programming and this is the absolute best computer book ever written. Anyone looking to learn how to programming in C should start reading this book. Then read the K&R standard reference and that will be all you will ever need. No amount of praise for this book is too much - it is just that good! Its a shame Kochan hasn't written more. Boy how I use to wish he'd write a Programming in C++ book.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Relentless on May 18, 2005
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if not the best computer-related book I've read. The author's unassuming and eloquent discourse makes reading the book a very interesting proposition. The manner in which the topics are covered are absolutely great and very intuitive. The books is absolutely well structured and well supported. It was surely a surprise to find a computer-programming book where the author was candid and unambiguous. As a programmer coming from Java I found this book to be quite helpful and straight forward. The chapter on pointers and references does a superb job at getting the reader to understand the concept and to be able to apply it. The appendices are also great with lots of handy information. This is one of the few computer books that I actually dare to recommend buying without any qualms.
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