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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Making Embedded Systems

Author: Elecia White
Publisher: O'Reilly, 2011
Pages:328
ISBN: 978-1449302146
Aimed at: Programmers wanting to get into embedded
Rating: 4
Pros: Insightful
Cons: Not specific enough to be practical
Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead

The idea of getting programmers interested in embedded systems is a good one but  [ ... ]



Leading Lean Software Development

Author: Mary & Tom Poppendieck
Publisher: Addison-Wesley, 2009
Pages: 312
ISBN: 978-0321620705
Aimed at: Leaders of software teams and of organisations 
Rating: 4.5
Pros: Highly readable, thought provoking
Cons: Sometimes seems to stray off topic
Reviewed by: Sue Gee

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