C All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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  • Covers everything users need to get up to speed on Cprogramming, including advanced topics to take their programmingskill to the next level
  • Walks C programmers through the entire development cycle of a Cprogram-designing and developing the program, writing source code,compiling the code, linking the code to create the executableprograms, debugging, and deployment
  • Provides thorough coverage of keywords, program flow,conditional statements, constants and variables, numeric values,arrays, strings, functions, pointers, debugging, prototyping, andmuch more
  • Addresses some advanced programming topics such as graphics andgame programming as well as Windows and Linux programming
  • Includes dozens of sample programs that readers can adapt andmodify for their own uses
  • Written by the author of the first-ever For Dummies book-a manknown for his ability to take complex material and present it in away that makes it simple and fun
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If you’re like most people, the above seems like nonsense.Actually, it’s computer sense—C programming. Afterdigesting C For Dummies, 2nd Edition,you’ll understand it. C programs are fast, concise andversatile. They let you boss your computer around for a change. Soturn on your computer, get a free compiler and editor (the booktells you where), pull up a chair, and get going. You won’thave to go far (page 13) to find your first program example.You’ll do short, totally manageable, hands-on exercises tohelp you make sense of:

All 32 keywords in the C language (that’sright—just 32 words)The functions—several dozen of themTerms like printf(), scanf(), gets (), and puts ()String variables, numeric variables, and constantsLooping and implementationFloating-point values

In case those terms are almost as intimidating as the idea ofprogramming, be reassured that C For Dummies was written byDan Gookin, bestselling author of DOS For Dummies, the bookthat started the whole library. So instead of using expletives andgetting headaches, you’ll be using newly acquired skills andgetting occasional chuckles as you discover how to:

Design and develop programsAdd comments (like post-it-notes to yourself) as you goLink code to create executable programsDebug and deploy your programsUse lint, a common tool to examine and optimize your code

A helpful, tear-out cheat sheet is a quick reference forcomparison symbols, conversion characters, mathematical doodads, Cnumeric data types, and more. C For Dummies takes themystery out of programming and gets you into it quickly andpainlessly.

If you’ve thought of programmers as elite intelligentsia whopossess expertise (and perhaps genes) the rest of us will neverhave, think again. C++ For Dummies, 5th Edition,debunks the myths, blasts the barriers, shares the secrets, andgets you started. In fact, by the end of Chapter 1, you’ll beable to create a C++ program. OK, it won’t be newest,flashiest video game, but it might be a practical, customizedinventory control or record-keeping program.

Most people catch on faster when they actually DO something, soC++ For Dummies includes a CD-ROM that gives you all youneed to start programming (except the guidance in the book, ofcourse), including:

Dev-C, a full-featured, integrated C++ compiler and editor youinstall to get down to businessThe source code for the programs in the book, including codefor BUDGET, programs that demonstrate principles in the bookDocumentation for the Standard Template LibraryOnline C++ help files

Written by Stephen Randy Davis, author of C++ Weekend CrashCourse, C++ for Dummies, takes you through the programmingprocess step-by-step. You’ll discover how to:

Generate an executableCreate source code, commenting it as you go and usingconsistent code indentation and naming conventionsWrite declarations and name variables, and calculateexpressionsWrite and use a function, store sequences in arrays, anddeclare and use pointer variablesUnderstand classes and object-oriented programmingWork with constructors and destructorsUse inheritance to extend classesUse stream I/OComment your code as you go, and use consistent codeindentation and naming conventionsAutomate programming with the Standard Template Library(STL)

C++ for Dummies 5th Edition is updated for thenewest ANSI standard to make sure you’re up to code.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.

Windows may rule the world of popular computing on PCs around theglobe, but DOS still has a place in the hearts and minds ofcomputer users who vaguely remember what a C prompt looks like.Even if DOS (with all its arcane commands and its drab, boringlook) isn't your idea of the best way to get things done on a PC,you'll find plenty of fast and friendly help on hand with the thirdedition of DOS For Dummies.

Here's a plain-speaking reference guide to all the command-linestuff and nonsense that makes DOS work, whether you're a native DOSuser or are an occasional dabbler who needs the operating system torun all those cool games under Windows.

DOS For Dummies, 3rd Edition, avoids all the technicaljargon to cut to the heart of things with clear, easy-to-understandexplanations and step-by-step help for

Changing disks and drivesDealing with the DOS promptManaging filesRunning DOS inside WindowsInstalling and running DOS-based software programsWorking with the printer and serial portsUsing the mouse and keyboardTroubleshooting problemsUnderstanding DOS error messages

All the basic DOS commands, from APPEND to XCOPY, aredemystified to make life in DOS much more bearable. This handyguide has plenty of helpful tips and tricks for bending DOS to yourwill, without having to dedicate your life (and all your free time)to mastering this little corner of the PC.

Author Dan Gookin's first edition of DOS For Dummiesbecame an international best-seller. He considers himself acomputer "guru" whose job it is to remind everyone that computersare not to be taken too seriously. His approach to computers islight and humorous, yet very informative. Gookin mixes hisknowledge of computers with a unique, dry sense of humor that keepsyou informed – and awake.

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