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"?

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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Attacking Network Protocols

Author: James Forshaw
Publisher: No Starch Press
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1593277505
Print: 1593277504
Kindle: B071V4DYVC
Audience: developers interested in security
Rating: 4.5
Reviewer: Kay Ewbank

Despite the rather worrying subtitle of 'a hacker's guide to capture, analysis, and exploitation', t [ ... ]



Murach's HTML5 and CSS3 (4e)

Author: Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm
Publisher: Murach
Date: Mar 2018
Pages: 736
ISBN: 978-1943872268
Print: 1943872260
Audience: Web developers
Rating: 4.5
Reviewer: Ian Elliot
HTML5 and CSS is the core of the web - it's time to master both.


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