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New to C/C++

  1. Dec 28, 2007 #1

    Defennder

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    I'm new to programming languages in general and I discovered that engineering students at my university, of which I am one, have to take a first-year introductory course to programming in C. Apart from the fact that I'm clueless as to where to start, I'm looking for a good text which I can learn from. Can anyone here recommend some good introductory texts I can learn from. I'm currently looking through some of the websites listed in the stickies here but I don't see any recommended texts.

    Can someone comment on whether Engineering Problem Solving with C by Delores M Etter is a good starting text?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Dec 28, 2007 #2

    Dr Transport

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    Why don't you wait until the course starts to make a decision about whether or not you need an additional text. If you're in a hurry, try the Schaum's Outline, it is inexpensive.
     
  4. Dec 28, 2007 #3

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    C Primer Plus by Stephen Prata is my main reference book for C and is the text I used in my introductory programming course. The C++ Primer by Prata is also good introduction to C++.
     
  5. Dec 29, 2007 #4

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    Thanks for the recommendations. I'll go check them out. Reason why I wanted to get a recommendation is because I learn rather slowly and would therefore need some kind of head-start to study at the same pace as the rest.
     
  6. Dec 29, 2007 #5

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    Its generally a good idea to get a head start. In this way you won't be surprised by the lectures. You can also take sometime to write some questions that are perplexing and discuss them with your professor.

    I haven't read Engineering Problem Solving with C, but from the book summary it sounds quite interesting, but not at an introductory level. You should probably pick it up after you're done with your introductory course. Have you read book reviews? You may even want to preview a copy of the book at your school's library.
     
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