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Teach Yourself C in 24 Hours (Sams Teach Yourself) Paperback – June 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself
  • Paperback: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; Pap/Cdr edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672310686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672310683
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,615,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Teach Yourself C in 24 Hours gives beginning programmers everything they need to know to start writing their own programs in C, the most popular programming language and the core language taught in schools. It also provides a battery of skills to help readers reach the next level in programming. And with the bonus compiler included on the CD-ROM, Teach Yourself C in 24 Hours is a self-contained starter kit. - Teaches the basics of C programming in a proven, task-oriented format

- Provides a complete starter kit for beginning C programmers

- CD-ROM contains the authors' code and examples from the book and C compiler to run the programs


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Customer Reviews

I bought this book a year ago and one thing I can say is it is very bad.
"chrisl555"
No explanation what's ever on Windows Development and it's published in 1997 and its compiler is one of the worst!!!!
paulcao@msn.com
Not knowing anything about C I read this book and learned a tremendous amount.
David L. Van Popering

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David L. Van Popering on January 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
Not knowing anything about C I read this book and learned a tremendous amount. I am now following it with the O'Reilly Practical C Programming and after reading these 2 and doing all of the exercises, I find I am totally confident to tell any interviewer "Yes, I AM a C programmer".
People get too hung up on the "24 hours" or "21 days" in the titles. Someone who is serious about learning will recognize that these are really "24 lessons" or "21 lessons". The point is that this book (and others in the series) are designed to be self-taught tutorials, each chapter building on the previous one.
Readers of these reviews must be aware that many who make a strike against these types of books are either not truly committed to their studies, or already have programming experience and have become 'reviewing snobs', forgetting what it is like to start out with little or no programming experience. I whole heartedly recommend this book, as well as many others from the Teach Yourself series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ross Harvey on January 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
24 hours..hmmm, not sure thats very accurate. Maybe to someone familiar with C programming, but if you are a complete 'newbie' to C, you really need to learn the _basics_ before buying this book.
There are mixed reviews, but you have to consider what you really want from this book.
If you have practiced a bit of C and want to widen your core skills, this is the book for you.
I found this book better to use as a reference, rather than a learning source.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David van Popering on January 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
Not knowing anything about C I read this book and learned a tremendous amount. I am now following it with the O'Reilly Practical C Programming and fter reading these 2 and doing all of the exercises, I find I am totally confident to tell any nterviewer "Yes, I AM a C programmer".
People get too hung up on the "24 hours" or "21 days" in the titles. Someone who is serious about learning will recognize that these are really "24 lessons" or "21 lessons". The point is that this book (and others in the series) are designed to be self-taught tutorials, each chapter building on the previous one.
Readers of these reviews must be aware that many who make a strike against these types of books are either not truly committed to their studies, or already have programming experience and have become 'reviewing snobs', forgetting what it is like to start out with little or no programming experience. I whole heartedly recommend this book, as well as many others from the Teach Yourself series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
It is a well-written book about the standard C (i.e., ANSI C.) The basic concepts and standard C functions are clearly covered in the 24 chapters of the book. I teach C/C++ and Java at school. This book has been selected into the reference book list to my students who normally learn C first, and then move to C++, Java, or Windows development with some specific software tools. It is true that learning C is harder than learning Basic. But the sample programs and exercises enclosed in the book help the reader to come up the learning-curve quickly. As for compilers, I personally like Visual C++. (Don't be fooled by the name of "Visual C++". These days, most commercial C compilers are bundled into C++ compiler packages, such as Visual C++, and Borland C++.)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
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I have purchased this book with only the desire to learn the C language. What I got was a way to get lured into someone else's schemes of making either a quick buck or a quick fame (neither of which should work in this fashion). It does not serve SAMS reputation at all to have its name behind the undigested book material publishing. FIRST OF ALL, UNLIKE all the other reviews I have read or seen about Tony Zhang's book "SAMS Teach Yourself C in 24 hours" (ISBN# 0672310686) I have CONCRETE points of fault I found with this book and the logic behind it. Before deciding to pour out this criticism of this book I have tried every which way possible to reach either Mr.Zhang or MacMillan technical support by e-mail, regular mail and phone. Needless to say they all were UNRESPONSIVE. Zhang's e-mail is invalid, SAMS e-mail did not reply. I wanted to discuss with the author the glaring problems I encountered while going step-by-step through the his material. SAMS tech support (number is NOT toll-free and is another number you get after you call 317-581-4669) was INSULTING. No recorded voice remains after the call and ONE only assumes he or she is on hold because the line offers no sound to indicate that someone will be with you).
Point#1: ALLOCATING MEMORY TEXT AND EXAMPLES. On page 260 (ch.17) author states an incorrect statement: "Because the malloc() function returns a VOID pointer, its type is automatically converted to the type of the pointer on the left side of an assignment operator." IT IS FALSE. It does not work with all the compilers (at least none of those I tested it with which are the included TC and the Visual C++ 4.
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