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Author:  Dan Gookin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0764570684
ISBN-13: 9780764570681
Sku: 36325305
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 7.75L x 1T
Pages:  390
Edition Number:  2
Age Range:  NA
Find out how to tell your computer what to do

Design and develop programs, compile and link code, fix problems, and more

Come "C" what all the excitement''s about! C programs are fast, concise, and versatile, and you''ll be writing them in no time. This friendly book unlocks the mysteries of coding, compiling, adding comments, and using keywords, I/O, variables, integers, and all the rest. You''ll write your first C program before you finish Chapter 1!

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Understand the entire program development cycle
  • Link code to create executable programs
  • Debug and deploy your programs
  • Use floats, integer variables, and if statements
  • Write functions and use loops
From the Publisher:
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|If you're like most people, the above seems like nonsense. Actually, it's computer sense-C programming. After digesting C For Dummies, 2nd Edition, you'll understand it. C programs are fast, concise and versatile. They let you boss your computer around for a change. So turn on your computer, get a free compiler and editor (the book tells you where), pull up a chair, and get going. You won't have to go far (page 13) to find your first program example. You'll do short, totally manageable, hands-on exercises to help you make sense of:||

  • All 32 keywords in the C language (that's right-just 32 words)||
  • The functions-several dozen of them||
  • Terms like printf(), scanf(), gets (), and puts ()||
  • String variables, numeric variables, and constants||
  • Looping and implementation||
  • Floating-point values||

|In case those terms are almost as intimidating as the idea of programming, be reassured that C For Dummies was written by Dan Gookin, bestselling author of DOS For Dummies, the book that started the whole library. So instead of using expletives and getting headaches, you'll be using newly acquired skills and getting occasional chuckles as you discover how to:||

  • Design and develop programs||
  • Add comments (like post-it-notes to yourself) as you go||
  • Link code to create executable programs||
  • Debug and deploy your programs||
  • Use lint, a common tool to examine and optimize your code||

|A helpful, tear-out cheat sheet is a quick reference for comparison symbols, conversion characters, mathematical doodads, C numeric data types, and more. C For Dummies takes the mystery out of programming and gets you into it quickly and painlessly.

Only slightly less anticipated than sequels to the Star Wars trilogy, but infinitely more useful, C For Dummies, Volume Two covers essential advanced topics that other books about C scarcely touch on. Best-selling author Dan Gookin takes on topics such as strings, arrays, pointers, structures, disk access, and multiple modules--and renders them comprehensible. Plus, with over 100 sample programs, C For Dummies, Volume Two shows readers C in action, with code that is readily adaptable for their own projects.
Author Bio
Dan Gookin
Dan Gookin got started with computers back in the post-vacuum-tube age of
computing: 1982. His first intention was to buy a computer to replace his aged and constantly breaking typewriter. As a restaurant worker, however, Gookin was unable to afford the full word processor setup, and settled on a computer that had a monitor, keyboard, and little else. Soon his writing career was underway with several submissions to fiction magazines and lots of rejections. The big break came in 1984 when he began writing about computers. Applying his flair for fiction with a self-taught knowledge of computers, Gookin was able to demystify the subject and explain technology in a relaxed and understandable voice. He even dared to add humor, which eventually won him a column in a local computer magazine. Eventually Gookin's talents came to roost as a ghostwriter at a computer book publishing house. That was followed by an editing position at a San Diego computer magazine. During this time, he also regularly participated on a radio talk show about computers. In addition, Gookin kept writing books about computers, some of which became minor bestsellers. His favorite quote is "Computers are a notoriously dull subject, but that doesn't mean I have to write about them that way."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeEdition:   0002
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0390
Product attributePublisher:   Wiley Publishing
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