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Recommended books for a beginner in C?

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Hello!....am a beginner in the field of computer science and programming.Am persuing my computer science engineering course and hav jst begun wid C programming language.Am using the book "Let Us C" by yashwant Karnetkar which assumes no prior programming background and am really finding it helpful.But I did like to kno which books are recommended for a beginner in C language.Would u please give suggestions for the same and also at which stage should i start referring K&R which i presume is considered the 'bible' of C?Would u also direct me regarding the approach i should undertake for better understanding and a strong command in the language?Any other suggestions or poignant points i should keep in mind while learning the programming language?.....................thank u in advance.................
Aug 15 '08 #1
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gpraghuram
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I think K&R is the best book and you can start with that book also.

raghu
Aug 15 '08 #2

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can we use K&R widout having any programming background?
Aug 15 '08 #3

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Yes you can. Some of the more advanced topics may be a little bit confusing at first but I think it's still the best book to learn C. But why don't you don't just learn C++ instead? You don't need to learn C first, in fact many think it's better if you don't. "C++ Primer" by Stanley B. Lippman is a good beginner's book.
Aug 15 '08 #4

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But why don't you don't just learn C++ instead? You don't need to learn C first, in fact many think it's better if you don't. "C++ Primer" by Stanley B. Lippman is a good beginner's book.
Even in half of positive 4+ star reviews on amazon it' mentioned that it's not a book for a beignner in C and, in some cases, even not for a beginner in C++.
Aug 15 '08 #5

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I have never used this specific book but I have used some of his other books, all of which I found easy to understand and well organized. It is called 'Thinking in C++' and is written by Bruce Eckel. There is also a second volume.

Another suggestion is to get more than one book. The more the merrier (though it can get to be expensive quickly).

Edward
Aug 15 '08 #6

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Can you please tell which book to refer for Data Structure in "C"? thanks.
Aug 16 '08 #7

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For Data Structure, read "Datastructure through C and C++" by Tenenbum.
It is a great book on datastructure.
Aug 18 '08 #8

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Take a look at this book. I have used it and although the title doesn't mention datastructures it does a very good job of demonstrating them. The link above takes you to the orielly site where you can read exerpts from the book to get a feel for it.

Edward
Aug 18 '08 #9

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