- 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: 448 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,472 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 already knew c++ before buying this but i wanted a more in depth understanding before proceeding to direct x framework.
Holy cow i didn't realize how much info this book was going to have!
For 35 bucks this book is deff worth it!
This is the definitive guide to c++!
****FOR THE ERRORS****
I have bought this book new and its stated that this is the 3rd printing which was printed in july 2012!
I don't see any errors so don't be afraid of the errors, there may not be any!
This is my favorite book in my library
There are several typos in the book, but nothing that is a showstopper. I wouldn't even count then as a nuisance, just a few bumps along the road.
I highly recommend this for anyone learning C++!
to write a review based on a few things I have seen.
1. The book is very well organized. It starts from absolute basics, and builds
on everything from there. This makes going from chapter to chapter very easy.
2. Some of the examples are very easy, and others are not. You do not want a
book that does everything for you. You might get stuck for hours, but in the end
you will learn something, which leads me to...
3. The downside of this book (actually I noticed that could be debatable), is
the number of typos in the examples of code. You can tell that the editors did
catch all the copy-paste mistakes as they were made quite a bit. But sometimes I
sat for hours wondering why my code wouldn't compile only to realize he made a
typo mistake. One of them I remember is when he had done a 'switch' statement,
he left out the integer expression... and being a newbie, it takes awhile to
catch. And he confuses his pointer names A LOT, naming one *pt then switching
to *pn. The up-side to this is you will be fixing people's code in the real world,
debugging, etc... so that's how I look at it. But frustrating nonetheless.
4. Sometimes it isn't quite clear how he is explaining a certain point, but
after thinking about it a bit, it starts to make sense later, usually in examples
or when he explains other ways of doing it. For the most part, the explanations
are pretty good.
Bottom-line, the standard hasn't changed too much since this edition so unless
you want to fish out top-dollar for the 6th edition that is out now, this one
will do fine; I got mine new for $10 shipped.
I actually started with Java as my first language and classes, objects, etc
didn't make too much sense until I studied them in C++ from this book... I
recommend studying C++ as a first language rather than Java like most schools
and universities do as Java is a more higher level language than C++, meaning
it has a little more abstraction level, however in theory Java is 'easier' to C++.
Just that C++ answered all my problems I had with Java.