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I tried K&R, but personally I preferred Sam's "How to Learn C in 21 Days", so I switched over to that - it's meant for people with no programming experience, so you can skim the first few chapters quite easily.
Last edited by JohnGraham; 12-13-2009 at 10:26 AM.
My standard advice on books: no one book is good enough for a subject about which you are serious. For learning, you will want something tutorial in nature, with simple examples. Soon after using that, you will need a reference book, with just the bare facts organized by small subjects, such as function names. Then, you will want something more meaty, or possibly problem-specific. I trust most things published by O'Reilly, especially of the reference category. Dummies books, might suffice for a while as a first tutorial.
I love this one!!! And it's really pleasant to read.
I'm a technical books addict (I think not a so common addiction), and thanks to amazon, I can feed my addiction without spending so much... Here's my best of:
"C traps and pitfalls" by Koenig, the second book on C to read when beginning, after the bible (the K&R of course)
"Expert C programming" by Van der Linden, as I'm not english, it takes me a while to understand the connection between the wrapper, and the 2nd title, "deep C secret"...
"Safer C" by Les Hatton, not for the beginner but if you want to make serious C programming, you can not go without it.
"C unleashed" introduces some interesting techniques
If you're interested in numerical processes, two more titles:
"C language algorithms for signal digital processing" by Embree and Kimble
"Numerical recipes", the C version (didn't read the C++ one)