Head First C

Author: David Giffiths & Dawn Griffiths
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 591
ISBN: 978-1449399917
Aimed at: Beginner
Rating: 4.5
Pros: Good concept coverage, real life lab projects make it fun
Cons: Very UNIX oriented
Reviewed by: Bill Cunningham

C is a difficult language for a beginner. Do this book succeed it making it "brain friendly"?

Author: David Giffiths & Dawn Griffiths
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 591
ISBN: 978-1449399917
Aimed at: Beginner
Rating: 4.5
Pros: Good concept coverage, real life lab projects make it fun
Cons: Very UNIX oriented
Reviewed by: Bill Cunningham

By no means is C an easy language to learn. There are lots of places where you can get lost even if you are familiar programming other languages.

Head First C tries to present material as simply as possible using illustrations, like all Head First titles, to show the reader complex concepts in a simple manner.

 

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If you want to learn the C programming language, even if you've never learned a programming language before, this is a great starter book. This book takes you through most of the C language (all 26 keywords) and some of the standard libraries.

If you follow along like the book suggests, you get to work on real life type projects such as Arduino programming, interfacing with OpenCV an open source video library, and an asteroid-type game. Along the way you learn programming concepts such as concurrency, threading and data structures.

The book does have a few drawbacks if you've only done programming from a Windows environment. The book makes extensive use of command line tools and you might not be all that familiar with them. Tools such as gcc, make and gdb can be a little intimidating to use at first, especially for a beginner.

I would recommend this book for the beginner programmer and those who would like a peek at data structures and computer science concepts. This book covers quite a lot of material and functions, but is very UNIX centric in its approach.

 

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Tribal SQL

Author: Diana Dee et al
Publisher: Simple Talk Publishing
Pages: 466
ISBN: 978-1906434809
Audience: DBAs
Rating: 4.7
Reviewer: Ian Stirk

The book’s introduction says "This is a book for [SQL Server] DBAs, for things you think they really ought to know…", so how does it fare?



The Art of Unit Testing

Author: Roy Osherove
Publisher: Manning
Pages: 296
ISBN: 978-1617290893
Audience: C# users and others using statically typed languages
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Alex Armstrong

If you don't already use unit testing, this book is a complete and clear guide to the idea and how to implement it.


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