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Jul 04, 2000, 20:40 (6 Talkback[s])

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"Although the book is titled Teach Yourself C for Linux Programming in 21 Days, nearly everything in the book pertains to C in general and will be valid across almost all platforms whether your working with Linux, Windows, Macs or some other platform. The Linux specific information does not really begin until chapter 19 which covers process and signals. Chapter 20 covers advanced compiler usage including a brief overview of the make utility. Although make is not covered in depth you will be able to make simple makefiles suitable for most simple applications. Finally chapter 21 concludes with a brief discussion of GUI programming with GTK+."

"The book takes you from the extreme basics all the way to a few advanced topics and does a good job of it. The code examples are complete code examples and a short, sweet, and to the point. There are very few 'code snippets' in the book. What I mean by that is code taken out of context to show an example of a function or concept in action. I would rather be presented with a short but complete example and that is exactly what the books does. Very few of the examples go over 50-60 lines of code and comments. However, at the end of each week you are presented with an example that uses everything learned so far and are a good way to see how everything you have learned meshes together."

"The only good way to learn programming is to dive in and work with it. Simply reading about a programming language or technique is just not enough (at least for me). To really ground the concepts you have to do something with them to keep them in long term memory. The exercises allow you to begin the process of internalizing the C language. However, if you want to really understand C and programming in general I urge you to go well beyond those exercises and do something useful after reading the book. It does not have to be a mammoth project, but you should try something fairly non-trivial."

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