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Problem Solving and Program Design in C (6th Edition)

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Perfect for beginners

By Hubert Dupont - November 8, 2009

I don't understand how could someone give one star to this book. In this book, there's almost every thing a beginner needs to learn. First and foremost, a beginner must learn to use a "systematic" method to design his programs, so there's a whole chapter on top-down design, and a whole chapter on modular programming, AND at the end of each chapter there's a case study enforcing good program design by applying a consistent framework:

problem,
analysis (data requirements),
design (initial algorithm, refinements and structure chart). Evey step is followed by some explanations.
implementation and
testing.

To learn to solve problems "systematically" a beginner needs to see a consistent method in action, that's the purpose of this framewok and the case study.

To solve problem a beginner needs to learn how to use the usual elementary tools of the trade: selection, loops, recursion, etc. A beginner needs to learn to apply those tools to... read more

Outdated Comments

By J. A. Huggins - August 23, 2008

For those of you undecided about this book keep in mind that for some reason Amazon.com has decided to keep outdated comments posted on earlier editions of this item. This edition of the textbook was published on July 15 2006. There is only one comment that was posted after the date of release of this book. Why Amazon.com has kept the outdated comments I don't know. I do know that authors normally attempt to improve upon their work when publishing new editions - usually based on direct feedback from users, and also in the case of this subject to make the reader aware of techniques based on newer technology. So before making a decision to buy or not to buy this book, discount all the outdated comments posted here....they were made on older editions and don't reflect the improvements made on the newer material.

More bad than good

By C. L. Beard "clbiii" - November 2, 2002

This book is not for beginners to programming. The examples are hard to follow. They start with a simple idea then the next example adds information to the example and then you get lost. How about one idea at a time and several examples of that one idea. That would be better for beginners. I have read other C programming books and this is not the best. Waite's group books are the best there is. Next in line would be the How to Program series by Deitel & Deitel. The best point of the book is how it discusses pointers. Since pointers are a concept that folds many ideas into one the authors chose to discuss pointers in regards to these separate ideas. Meaning that there is no single chapter on pointers but parts of four different chapters. The other strong point of this book is that you do get a compiler to work with, so it isn't all bad.

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