[Courses] [C] Greetings C Programmers

Davis, Jennifer JDavis at JUSTICE.GC.CA
Tue Oct 8 09:58:02 EST 2002

I totally have to agree with Laura on this.  I learned Pascal in High School
(1986-87) on a Macintosh, then foolishly I never did any programming
afterwards.  Now I am starting a diploma in programming in college and we
are learning C.  I am finding it so easy it's boring because I remember so
much from Pascal.  I just have to remember that the programme will not
always be this easy.

Good luck with Pascal.


-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Bowser [mailto:lbowser at andrew.cmu.edu]
Sent: 2002 Oct 08 09:49
To: courses at linuxchix.org
Subject: Re: [Courses] [C] Greetings C Programmers

As for learning C, if you learn pascal, you're on the road to learning C.
they're similar types of languages, just different syntax.

So, as you're learning pascal in class, find a good C book, and try to
out what the syntax would be in C to do the exact same thing.  

programming craps, little programs that "don't do anything" are the easiest 
way to teach beginning programmers one or two constructs at a time.  
Theoretically, what your instructor should be teaching you is the algorithms

and process of writing a program - it doesn't matter what language it's in.

Once you've learned the "how" to program, you can program in any similar 
language (in this case procedural languages like pascal, C, perl)

one note: in C, you have to deal with memory directly, unlike pascal.  so
may be slightly more complicated at first.  


On Tuesday 08 October 2002 10:22 am, Anca M. Holban wrote:
>    Hello, I'm Anca, a 17 years old student in computer science. I'm
> also a beginner in C and yes, i am *frustrated* :)
>    At school they teach as Pascal, but i think that C is a more flexible
> language, a professional one. I'm very interested in learning C, but i
> don`t know where to start and where i should stop. And I think in most
> cases i learn many things that i don't *need* (craps). So this course of C
> may be like a salvation boat for me ;o).
>    I hope to hear news about this course and let's hope that not everyone
> is a guru in C :) There may be beginners (like me) out there.
> 	peace ;)
> > Are there any other "beginning" C programmers on this list, still
> > interested in learning the C programming language?  I still tinker
> > with C, and would be interested in getting a study group together
> > if there is enough interest.  The latest textbook project I've
> > worked on (myself) is from the Deitel&Deitel _C How To Program 2E_
> > textbook.
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