[clug-progsig] beginning c programs
rob.s at telus.net
Mon Feb 14 20:36:13 PST 2005
You may just want to get through one book on programming, then try a few
small projects. I've got about 5 more chapters to read in the 24
"chapter" book on C that i've been reading. I'm starting to get sick of
looking at the thing, since i've been reading it for about 4 to 6 months
now. There was one point (about half way finished) in the book where i
did not want to keep reading it. I figured that this was where most
people got to in programming, then gave up. Every so often i get the
urge to return the book to its owner, unfinished, but then i keep
thinking of all the people that try programming and gave up. I just dont
want to do that.
My advice is to take the book in digestable chunks, perhaps a chapter at
a time, until its all finished.
Remember to take breaks from it every so often. :)
Good luck with your efforts.
Michael Walters wrote:
>Hello Shawn and other members of the programming special interest group,
>I noticed that Shawn's example program that he gave me is very similar to the
>first program in "Absolute Beginner's Guide to C" Second Edition.
>I am doing as Shawn suggested and doing my programming in small steps. I wrote
>my first three programs just a few minutes ago and they all work! The first
>program was called "helloworld.c" which Shawn suggested. The second program
>is called begin20050214.c by me and consists of the beginning program in my
>text. The third program is called program3_20050214.c and prints out the
>message "This program is written pretty!". The only difference between this
>program and the first two is that I used tabs to indent the lines to make
>them more readable and pretty.
>Does Shawn or anyone else in the group know how to set the tab to 3 spaces in
>the vim editor as suggested by my text? right now my tab in the vim editor is
>set to 8 spaces, which is more than what I want.
>I am going to work through "Absolute Beginner's Guide to C" before I try
>anything fancy. Shawn, I agree with you that right now the goal of writing
>code that can be called by Open Office is too complex to be within reach
>until I have gone through smaller steps. However, I never intended to try to
>tackle the problem right away, but it will probably take at least a year and
>perhaps two to get to the point of writing applications which Open Office can
>call. I might perhaps look at the source code of some open office
>applications in perhaps six months. But even after looking at the source code
>of these applications, I will not start to try to write my own code until I
>go through at least one more of my other 13 C programming texts. Eventually I
>plan to go through my 3 C++ programming texts too.
>By the time I have gone through all of my 14 C programming books and 3 C++
>programming books I should be able to write a few simple C and C++ programs
>that can be called by open office. But that may be five years away.
>Michael Walters - an absolute beginner in C programming
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