So you’re thinking of starting with ‘C’…?

This entry contains much of the same material as Things you should’ve learned in ‘C’ class: 0 – Introduction  – but aimed at those who have not (yet) taken a ‘C’ class.

Many people seem to adopt the jump-in-at-the-deep-end-and-hope-you-learn-to-swim-before-you-drown approach to start developing in ‘C’.

While it is, of course, possible to learn a programming language by yourself, it requires a good deal of disciplined study and practice to learn it well. Therefore I thoroughly recommend a taught class as the best way to go.
I can recommend the following local training providers:

Other providers are, of course, available; eg,

And some offer “self-study” options; eg,

If you do intend to go ahead with a DIY approach, the first thing you will need is a good textbook – or textbooks. ‘C’ is a very long-established and widely-used language – so there are plenty to choose from!

Some general books are listed here:

The Association of C & C++ Users (ACCU) website has a section dedicated to book reviews:

A free online ‘C’ textbook can be found here:

A complete set of ‘C’ programming course notes is available here:

Answers to a range of Frequently-Asked Questions about ‘C’ programming can be found here:

A description of all the functions provided by the standard ‘C’ library can be found here:

Addendum – 1 May 2012:

I stumbled upon this this great list of ‘C’ books, tutorials, FAQs, etc:

Although it starts with some AVR-specific stuff, the vast majority is entirely general.

Addendum – 10 Dec 2013:

Wikibooks has a free online ‘C’ book offering, “a comprehensive look at the C programming language and its features”

(PDF, printable, and e-reader versions also available).

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