Quick Start Guide
Connecting to Uhunix
For those of you who have not used uhunix before, here is (basically) how to connect.
Once you know C and C++, I think the best 2 books to own are Kernighan and Ritchie's The C Programming Language and Stroustrup's The C++ Programming Language. These books are both written by the creators of the languages. They are precise, correct, and authoritative.
However, I would not recommend either of the above books as a first book on C or C++. Instead, I recommend going to Borders (or the libary) and browing the Computer/Programming section. Flip through the books on learning C and find one that looks good to you. (I personally like the Teach Yourself in 21 Days series of books by Sams Publishing. I learned both Java and Perl this way.) Though these books will be thicker, they tend to be easier to read and understand for a beginner.
No matter which book you decide on, no book will make you a programmer. It only gets you started. At least 80% of the learning process comes from actually programming and debugging. Find a book with a few programming problems after each chapter, and actually do the problems. Come up with your own ideas for little programs you'd like to have, then write them. Do your assignments, delete them, and do them over again from scratch. Like speaking a foreign language, playing a musical instrument, and learning a new sport, its practice that will make the difference.
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