- Paperback: 984 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 5 edition (December 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672326965
- ISBN-13: 978-0672326967
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 455 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Stephen Prata teaches astronomy, physics, and programming at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. He received his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His association with computers began with the computer modeling of star clusters. Stephen has authored or coauthored over a dozen books, including C++ Primer Plus and Unix Primer Plus.
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C Primer Plus
C was a relatively little-known language when the first edition of C Primer Plus was written in 1984. Since then, the language has boomed, and many people have learned C with the help of this book. In fact, over 500,000 people have purchased C Primer Plus throughout its various editions.
As the language has grown from the early informal K&R standard through the 1990 ISO/ANSI standard to the 1999 ISO/ANSI standard, so has this book matured through this, the fifth edition. As with all the editions, my aim has been to create an introduction to C that is instructive, clear, and helpful.
Approach and Goals
My goal is for this book to serve as a friendly, easy-to-use, self-study guide. To accomplish that objective, C Primer Plus employs the following strategies:
Programming concepts are explained, along with details of the C language; the book does not assume that you are a professional programmer.
Many short, easily typed examples illustrate just one or two concepts at a time, because learning by doing is one of the most effective ways to master new information.
Figures and illustrations clarify concepts that are difficult to grasp in words alone.
Highlight boxes summarize the main features of C for easy reference and review.
Review questions and programming exercises at the end of each chapter allow you to test and improve your understanding of C.
To gain the greatest benefit, you should take as active a role as possible in studying the topics in this book. Don't just read the examples, enter them into your system, and try them. C is a very portable language, but you may find differences between how a program works on your system and how it works on ours. Experimentchange part of a program to see what the effect is. Modify a program to do something slightly different. Ignore the occasional warnings and see what happens when you do the wrong thing. Try the questions and exercises. The more you do yourself, the more you will learn and remember.
I hope that you'll find this newest edition an enjoyable and effective introduction to the C language.
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I am a competent R programmer interested in expanding my skills to something more high performance, After struggling through the classic but sparse K&R text on C, I turned to this book. It has not disappointed. I am halfway through the book and now can easily handle basic I/O, different variable types, operators, functions, arrays, pointers (well, are pointer ever easy?) and most (all?) control statements. It is a comprehensive text that thoroughly explains principles including how and why things go wrong. The end-of-the-chapter review questions include answers, and the programming exercises (also at the end of each chapter but sans solutions) are appropriate applications of principles and skills. They were challenging, but not so impossibly hard that they could not be solved. This book, and learning C in general, also provides insight into how computers work - how they are storing the information and how to access that information, for example. Lastly, the book is wryly funny, sprinkled with all sorts of jokes about the inconveniences computers and programming can cause humanity (e.g. From Chapter 10: "There is no need to subject yourself to the ridicule of your compiler.") I'm sure the book has some downsides, but I have not yet found them. The mistakes in syntax other reviewers refer to appear to have been corrected in this edition.
Note: I do have basic programming skills in other languages, but I think this book would be fine for any "true" novice as long as they gave themselves time and diligently worked through the exercises.
The book covers basic to fairly advanced concepts and the reader have a good understanding of C if they take the time to use this book (do all the examples, etc).
An excellent book.