Computer Programming

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  1. cjenkins505 macrumors member

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    Hi I know this is a little out of the ordinary, but do you guys know any great books for beginning computer programming?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Depends on the language.

    "Programming and Problem Solving with C++" is nice for C++; it's what we used at my university.
     
  3. cjenkins505 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yah I want a book that is for newbs. I have never taken a class in it or read a book about it so it would have to be a beginners one.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    What language are you looking to learn? There's scripting languages (Perl, TCL, etc) and then compiled languages (C, C++, ...). I guess the starting point is usually C, and the canonical book for learning C is "The C Programming Language" by Kernighan and Ritchie.
     
  5. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    'C for dummies' is pretty good
    http://www.amazon.com/C-Dummies-One-Two-Bundle/dp/1568849397
    the title may be a bit annoying but its really simple, with any code the only real way to learn it is to practise it over and over and over again, reading a book or sitting in a lesson wont magically put the code into your head.
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Exactly! you can read all the books you want but until you start writing,compiling, and running code you won't really learn much. Also it helps to have a goal - what do you plan to use the knowledge for? Are you thinking of writing a new iPhone app? A new utility?
     
  7. Olivier L. macrumors member

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