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style="MARGIN: 0px">Write powerful C programs…without
becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to get
comfortable with C, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time.
You’ll learn all the basics: how to organize programs, store and
display data, work with variables, operators, I/O, pointers, arrays,
functions, and much more. C programming has neverbeen this
simple!



Who knew how simple C programming could
be?



This is today’s best beginner’s guide
to writing C programs–and to learning skills you can use
with practically any language. Its simple, practical instructions
will help you start creating useful, reliable C code, from games to
mobile apps. Plus, it’s fully updated for the new C11 standard and
today’s free, open source tools! Here’s a small sample of
what you’ll learn:

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• Discover
free C programming tools for Windows, OS X, or Linux

style="MARGIN: 0px">• Understand the parts of a C program and how
they fit together

• Generate output and
display it on the screen

• Interact with
users and respond to their input

• Make
the most of variables by using assignments and expressions

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logical operators

• Save time and effort
by using loops and other techniques


Build powerful data-entry routines with simple built-in functions

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access and use

• Manage your data with
arrays, pointers, and data structures


Use functions to make programs easier to write and maintain

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for you

• Handle your computer’s
memory as efficiently as possible

• Make
programs more powerful with preprocessing directives


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Reviews for C Programming Absolute Beginner's Guide (3rd Edition):

5

July 25, 2015

352 pages of very easy to read and understand text. I tried the Kindle sample, and the PlayBooks one. This is much better IMO. The code examples are well commented, and very relevant to the subject. Will definitely start purchasing all my tech manuals this way, as it's FAR more convenient to car...Full Review
5

August 31, 2018

As a person who was interested in C but never had strength and patience to fully understand it I am extremely satisfied with this book. It teaches you basic programming concepts which may discourage someone who programmed before but it didn't bugged me. The book is divided into easily understandable parts and covers a large portion of C programming language. Some of the chapters might seem advanced such as saving files to the computer, setting up data structures or allocating the heap but they are explained really well. Overall a great book, a must-have for someone starting with programming or just wanting to learn C.
4

Jan 25, 2015

This is the textbook for one of the courses I teach. I recently read it to review the changes between this (3rd) edition and the 2nd edition of the text. I was pleased to find that some, but not all, of the corrections I had made to the text in my lecture notes were addressed in the new edition.

Greg Perry is an amazing man. His disability did not hold him back one bit. He is an accomplished programmer and a prolific author. His authorship isn't limited to computers either. He wrote a book about This is the textbook for one of the courses I teach. I recently read it to review the changes between this (3rd) edition and the 2nd edition of the text. I was pleased to find that some, but not all, of the corrections I had made to the text in my lecture notes were addressed in the new edition.

Greg Perry is an amazing man. His disability did not hold him back one bit. He is an accomplished programmer and a prolific author. His authorship isn't limited to computers either. He wrote a book about the unintended consequences of the government's protection of the Handicapped which led to him being featured in an episode of Penn and Tellers TV show titled, "Bullshit". He's an amazing author and this is a very effective book for beginners to learn how to program in C. ...more
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June 5, 2017

As a person who was interested in C but never had strength and patience to fully understand it I am extremely satisfied with this book. It teaches you basic programming concepts which may discourage someone who programmed before but it didn't bugged me. The book is divided into easily understandable...Full Review
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Sep 19, 2016

Still reading this book, but am using it in the CS50 course (online auditing) The nice thing about the book is that it is fairly simple to follow, and it also works with a free compiler (CodeBlocks) that you can download and code along with the programs the book shows.

The course uses another book which I find more methodical and detailed but not as easy to get through.

If you're looking for a book to use- and I mean use, to learn coding basics this is pretty good. You learn basics but not more. Still reading this book, but am using it in the CS50 course (online auditing) The nice thing about the book is that it is fairly simple to follow, and it also works with a free compiler (CodeBlocks) that you can download and code along with the programs the book shows.

The course uses another book which I find more methodical and detailed but not as easy to get through.

If you're looking for a book to use- and I mean use, to learn coding basics this is pretty good. You learn basics but not more. The downside of reading this is that you do need to try some projects that push your skills and that the book doesn't cover to really get an understanding of coding. (This is where the CS50 course helps.)

Would recommend though since I refer to it all the time. ...more
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Nov 27, 2019

Ooooh math scary!
OOOoooh reading literature books scary!
Tame the magical computer to help you keep INVENTORY, print out the SALES from the last trimester!

This book is very, very, very basic, and only should be read by people who are actually barely able to spell C, as the author warns in the beginning (although I think he meant it as a selling point). And then only if you want to be patronized about how scary math, computer and fancy computer words are every few paragraphs (Oh, those Computer Ooooh math scary!
OOOoooh reading literature books scary!
Tame the magical computer to help you keep INVENTORY, print out the SALES from the last trimester!

This book is very, very, very basic, and only should be read by people who are actually barely able to spell C, as the author warns in the beginning (although I think he meant it as a selling point). And then only if you want to be patronized about how scary math, computer and fancy computer words are every few paragraphs (Oh, those Computer Programmers trying to feel superior with their Fancy Words!).

It is feels very, very, very dated. Like it was written in the 80s. And a few references to 2013 movies and Facebook don't really help hide it. You can also find many mistakes in the text and the code that were never corrected through the few editions.

I only finished it out of sheer stubbornness and I regret it.

If you're an absolute beginner, but you don't fancy being treated like an absolute moron, the first few chapters of the Big Nerd Ranch Objective-C book will be infinetely more enightening, actually explain things instead of making a joke about how crazy such and such feature is, and leave you better prepared for expanding into more advanced topics. ...more
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Apr 25, 2016

It's a great book for ABSOLUTE beginners, as the title suggests.

You can read this even if you've never even heard of programming before. When you finish it, you'll be comfortable with the language.

I'm really glad that this happened to be the first book I decided to read on the subject. And when i say "subject" I mean not only the C programming language, but coding in general.

If you have previous experience with the language, though, maybe you should look for other sources.
5

Mar 16, 2016

Blown away by this book! Reading it as a beginner, I must say everything is explained so well that I just have to recommend it to anyone starting out. Plus, when you finish it, perhaps read it 2 or 3 times, you are not only no longer a beginner but already an intermediate programmer! Amazing book. Superbly written so that it is easy to understand. 5/5!
4

Oct 17, 2016

You do not need to have any programming knowledge to understand this book. It is what it is, an absolute beginner's guide. It offers an amazing learning experience for the reader. With the free code block compiler available online you are good to go.
3

Aug 22, 2017

Complements CS50 well, but I find it lacking in itself as there are no exercises or problem sets in the book, and just copying code is not a very efficient way to learn. On the other hand, it did clear up some things from CS50, so ultimately it was worth reading.
3

Dec 11, 2017

Not a bad resource, but I find the lack of exercises allowing you to fill in or try out your own code disappointing.
5

Jul 01, 2016

Really well done short book introducing actual beginners to C Programming. Uses analogy and examples to walk you through concepts. writer definitely understands how to teach. (I wish i wouldn't have looked at his author page though, sheesh, more programming books and less of the others, please.)
5

Jul 18, 2015

Only gives you a glimpse of what the language is about..which is perfect for beginners. managed to finish this in two slacking workdays.
1

April 6, 2015

352 pages of very easy to read and understand text. I tried the Kindle sample, and the PlayBooks one. This is much better IMO. The code examples are well commented, and very relevant to the subject. Will definitely start purchasing all my tech manuals this way, as it's FAR more convenient to carry a tablet around.
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