[Techtalk] new course: Absolute Beginning C Programming

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Sat Jan 28 22:58:31 UTC 2012

Hey all,

I've been going back and refreshing my moldy old C coding skills, which is a 
golden opportunity to launch a Linuxchix course for coding and C beginners. 

Why C, you may ask? Why not something new and shiny like Python or Ruby or PHP 
or some rock star codey thingy? I'll tell you why-- because C is a fundamental 
language and it gets into gnarly stuff the glossy newcomers shine over and hide 
away.  If you develop a decent grasp of C you will have useful knowledge that 
will serve you well for many different languages, and you won't fall into dumb 
attitudes like "It's ok to be inefficient and sloppy because everyone has quad-
core computers anyway" or "I have no idea why it's doing this, but oh well who 

I'll use gcc, the GNU compiler collection. There are many compilers and I 
don't want to teach many compilers, I want to give literal specific examples 
with gcc instead of forcing you to figure it out on your own. gcc is fine and 
when you get to know it fairly well then you can try out others, and engage in 
fun flamewars over which one is best.

Absolute Beginning C Programming starts Sunday Feb. 5. All you have to do is 
subscribe to the Courses list. See you there!



Carla Schroder, ace Linux guru and howto author
541-932-4817 PT
carla at tuxcomputing.com

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