[OT] Programming in C

October 8, 2004

Programming in C (3rd Edition) by Stephen Kochan
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Sams; 3 edition (July 8, 2004)
ISBN: 0672326663

I know this is a little off-topic here but I had to put a plug in for the 3rd edition of the Programming in C book by Stephen Kochan. I am a huge fan of Steve’s writings and own every single copy of his books. In fact, I learned programming in C in the early 90’s using the first edition of this book. Back in the day, I used to manage a list called ‘LEARN C/C++ TODAY‘ that started off as a mailing list in 1992 and led into a website in 1994 running on my little 386 Linux box running NCSA’s httpd. I remember I had just moved from SLS to Slackware Linux just days before I launched the site. Those were the days!!

Back to the book – Steve sent me an email a few weeks ago to let me know that the 3rd edition of the book had shipped. He ended up mailing me a signed copy of the book and I was pleasantly surprised to have my name endorsing the book on the back cover. I haven’t written any C code in the last 8 years but it was still a lot of fun to read through the book and take a trip down memory lane. Just like the other editions of this book, this book does not disappoint. I love the clear, concise writing style that uses examples to teach new concepts. I still believe that this is the best tutorial for anyone that is starting out programming in C. I wish Steve would get into Java, as I would love to see a Java book of the same caliber. Great job Steve and I think everyone programming in C should own this must-read book.

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