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C: How to Program

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For courses in C - Intro to Programming/CS1, C - Programming for Business; C - Programming for Technology, and for programming language survey courses. Highly practical in approach, this text introduces fundamental notions of structured programming and software engineering - and progresses quickly to more intermediate material. It covers the full C language, key library functions, object-oriented programming in C++ and Java, and event-driven GUI programming in Java. - NEW - 300 page introduction to C++, brings students up-to-date with material from the recently revised C++ How to Program, 4/E - assuming only the C material as a prerequisite. - Updated introduction to Java 2 and programming GUIs, familiarizes students with content from the recently revised Java[trademark] How to Program, 5/Eassuming only the C material as a prerequisite. - A standalone appendix on the latest C standard - C99 - Contains several Live-Code[trademark] examples demonstrating the powerful new capabilities of C99, motivates the rational for C99 and highlights key differences between C99 and the version of standard C presented in Chapters 2-14. - Use of a pseudocode approach to structured program developmen

1255 pages, Paperback

First published February 4, 1992

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Harvey M. Deitel

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Profile Image for XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy.
1,473 reviews442 followers
April 28, 2016
Done with the class! Book was good but the exercises didn't always cover what was in the chapter so you definitely need more than the book.
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303 reviews887 followers
April 16, 2020
This is definitely how you should not learn programming.
This can be used as a reference book and should not be used for beginners to teach programming.

The book is too voluminous and will not let you become a programmer, you can read the entire book and solve all the problems given in the book and yet remain unable to program.

So I would not recommend using this book if you are a beginner. In fact programming can't be learned effectively through books. It would be wise to read books after you become a coding.

Coding is learned by doing! i.e. with each project you do you become a coder.
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Author 2 books54 followers
November 23, 2013
I've always had a phobia when it came to programming, especially anything concerning "arrays" or "pointers". I remember borrowing this book from the university's library after being stuck for days in my assignment, and little did I know that this book would improve my programming skills tremendously. Don't let the "ant" on the cover page make you think that this book is a waste of time because it's the best reference one can have if he/she has no background at all in programming as a whole. I tried all the "Deital" books concerning the different programming languages like C++, Java..etc and they were as good as this one. Would recommend it to any beginner.
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31 reviews
April 8, 2012
Without this book, I wouldn't be able to be a good programmer, If u really want to be a good dot net developer then you must read it especially object oriented chapters.
14 reviews
January 11, 2011
My first programming book... This is where it all started!! :)
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7 reviews7 followers
September 19, 2013
This book explains very clearly and understandable. This book really helped me as a newbie programmer.
8 reviews
September 6, 2007
This book had great examples and was useful to me when I first started programming.
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154 reviews29 followers
November 27, 2020
Used to read this book in order to pass Programming course in the university. I suppose most of the universities in Iran teach C language and they usually use this book as a resource. Having some mistakes in the Persian printed version makes me rate it 3 star.
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January 7, 2019
Please tell me how I read I was Mark as want to read but now how I read🤔
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June 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very Good Book on C (Emphasis on Beginners)
February 3, 2005

This book is used in FSU's CGS 3408 course: "Introduction to Programming with the C Language." In the preface, the Deitels state that this book is for everyone (beginners to experts) who want to learn C. They've made a very good stab at that goal, but realistically, I'd have to say that those who are professional programmers in other languages will find this book too long for their needs. For beginners (and even those moderately versed in other languages), this is an excellent book. I really have only three minor gripes about it:

- First, throughout the C portion, the book uses scanf as the default for getting user input. Unfortunately, as my compiler warned me constantly (and I verified on the web), scanf has been "deprecated" (I guess that's a fancy way to say don't use it, use something else). Unfortunately, the book talks about alternative IO in only one chapter near the end of the C portion and very rarely uses it. So, this book teaches as a standard an input method that's been superseded.

- Second, and related to the first, the book clumps all IO except for printf and scanf into a single chapter near the end. It would have been a lot better if they had introduced alternative IO a little at a time throughout the book. As it is, my eyes just glazed over when I hit that chapter.

- And, finally, though this might sound weird, there are too many exercises at the end of each chapter. I read through this book on my own and so had no way of choosing which exercises to do. Some of the chapters have over 40 programming exercises. I suppose this is great at a college where the instructors can select different exercises for years without repeating. But, as an individual, I'd have preferred a handful of in-depth exercises focusing on the chapter material instead of a huge number of varied exercises (some of which don't seem to have much bearing on the chapter).

One note about the content of this book: most of it (over half) is dedicated to C. It covers C in detail. The remaining half is equally divided between C++ and Java. The level of detail in those chapters (and the exercises, too) comes nowhere near that in the C portion. If you're interested in C++ or Java, those chunks in this book are good, but you'll really need to read dedicated books to get the full treatment.

Overall, a very good book. Experienced programmers might prefer something more terse, but all others will be pleased. I give it 4 stars out of 5.
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13 reviews2 followers
June 27, 2013
"How is it possible that a book with a surfer bug on the cover is not good?" - That was the first thing that crossed my mind when saw this book on the library shelf, and it is really great indeed! I had tried other books on the same subject, but it seem to me that they were meant to be read by programmers, and I wanted to learn how to program. The craziest thing is that (as the title sugests) this one really show you 'how to program'! To wrap up: if you're just getting to know C language, you must try this one.
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6 reviews1 follower
June 23, 2007
This book is easy to learn and you can find any basics topic of oop there.
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249 reviews7 followers
March 9, 2012
Excellent book for an introduction into C. Has everything you would possibly need and more.
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3 reviews2 followers
July 3, 2012
Günümüzde Programlamaya ildi duyan insanlar genellikle C öğrenerek bu işe başlarlar. C Dilini incelikleriyle öğrenmesinize yardımcı olacak bir rehber kitap.
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21 reviews5 followers
March 20, 2014
very good book. Grants you to be from zero to hero.
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