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C Programming in One Hour a Day, Sams Teach Yourself

C Programming in One Hour a Day, Sams Teach Yourself

7th Edition

Bradley Jones, Peter Aitken, Dean Miller

Oct 2013, Paperback, 704 pages
ISBN13: 9780789751997
ISBN10: 0789751992
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Sams Teach Yourself C Programming in One Hour a Day, Seventh Edition is the newest version of the worldwide best-seller Sams Teach Yourself C in 21 Days. Fully revised for the new C11 standard and libraries, it now emphasizes platform-independent C programming using free, open-source C compilers. This edition strengthens its focus on C programming fundamentals, and adds new material on popular C-based object-oriented programming languages such as Objective-C.

Filled with carefully explained code, clear syntax examples, and well-crafted exercises, this is the broadest and deepest introductory C tutorial available. It’s ideal for anyone who’s serious about truly mastering C – including thousands of developers who want to leverage its speed and performance in modern mobile and gaming apps.


Friendly and accessible, it delivers step-by-step, hands-on experience that starts with simple tasks and gradually builds to professional-quality techniques. Each lesson is designed to be completed in hour or less, introducing and clearly explaining essential concepts, providing practical examples, and encouraging you to build simple programs on your own. Coverage includes:

  • Understanding C program components and structure
  • Mastering essential C syntax and program control
  • Using core language features, including numeric arrays, pointers, characters, strings, structures, and variable scope
  • Interacting with the screen, printer, and keyboard
  • Using functions and exploring the C Function Library
  • Working with memory and the compiler
Contents at a Glance

PART I: FUNDAMENTALS OF C
1 Getting Started with C
2 The Components of a C Program
3 Storing Information: Variables and Constants
4 The Pieces of a C Program: Statements, Expressions, and Operators
5 Packaging Code in Functions
6 Basic Program Control
7 Fundamentals of Reading and Writing Information

PART II: PUTTING C TO WORK
8 Using Numeric Arrays
9 Understanding Pointers
10 Working with Characters and Strings
11 Implementing Structures, Unions, and TypeDefs
12 Understanding Variable Scope
13 Advanced Program Control
14 Working with the Screen, Printer, and Keyboard

PART III: ADVANCED C
15 Pointers to Pointers and Arrays of Pointers
16 Pointers to Functions and Linked Lists
17 Using Disk Files
18 Manipulating Strings
19 Getting More from Functions
20 Exploring the C Function Library
21 Working with Memory
22 Advanced Compiler Use

PART IV: APPENDIXES

A ASCII Chart
B C/C++ Reserved Words
C Common C Functions
D Answers

Sams Teach Yourself C Programming in One Hour a Day
The Seventh Edition of Teach Yourself C in 21 Days

PART I: FUNDAMENTALS OF C
1 Getting Started with C
2 The Components of a C Program
3 Storing Information: Variables and Constants
4 The Pieces of a C Program: Statements, Expressions, and Operators
5 Packaging Code in Functions
6 Basic Program Control
7 Fundamentals of Reading and Writing Information

PART II: PUTTING C TO WORK
8 Using Numeric Arrays
9 Understanding Pointers
10 Working with Characters and Strings
11 Implementing Structures, Unions, and TypeDefs
12 Understanding Variable Scope
13 Advanced Program Control
14 Working with the Screen, Printer, and Keyboard

PART III: ADVANCED C
15 Pointers to Pointers and Arrays of Pointers
16 Pointers to Functions and Linked Lists
17 Using Disk Files
18 Manipulating Strings
19 Getting More from Functions
20 Exploring the C Function Library
21 Working with Memory
22 Advanced Compiler Use

PART IV: APPENDIXES

A ASCII Chart
B C/C++ Reserved Words
C Common C Functions
D Answers

  • Fully updated for the new C11 standard and the latest open source C compilers
  • Revised and updated edition of the classic C programming tutorial for serious self-taught learners
  • Concise examples and well-crafted exercises provide step-by-step, hands-on experience
  • Begins with simple tasks and gradually builds to more complex, professional-quality techniques
  • Covers the latest version of the classic C language that is finding new applications ranging from gaming to mobile devices

Bradley L. Jones manages and directs the Developer.com Network, which includes sites such as Developer.com, CodeGuru, and DevX. He has developed systems using C, C#, C++, SQL Server, PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, HTML5, and more.


Peter Aitken was on the faculty at Duke University Medical Center, where he cut his programming teeth developing computer programs for research. He is an experienced author in the IT field—on both applications and programming topics—with more than 70 magazine articles and 40 books to his credit. Aitken currently works as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry.


Dean Miller is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience in both the publishing and licensed consumer product businesses. Over the years, he has created or helped shape a number of bestselling books and series, including Teach Yourself in 21 Days, Teach Yourself in 24 Hours, and the Unleashed series, all from Sams Publishing.