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Re: Resources to learn C



On Sunday 05 April 2009 03:09:45 Tim wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-04-04 at 11:57 -0600, Frank Cox wrote:
> > Remember the old David Ahl "Basic Computer Games" books?  (If you
> > don't, you can find them online at http://www.atariarchives.org )
>
> I remember books like that for other systems.  We'd spend ages typing in
> code, there'd be some obscure typing errors.  We'd print it out, so we
> could find the errors quickly (much easier than repeatedly scrolling
> through the tiny window of text you see on the screen), pencil in all
> the corrections, go back and type them in.  Run it, find it still
> errors.  Then we'd ring up the shop and ask for the errata for page 3 of
> whichever book, and they'd read it over the phone to us.
>
> You don't know how lucky you are, now, with your precompiled RPMs...
>
I learned to program in basic by typing in the listings, then working out why 
the game didn't run, or why it was so simplistic that I could add several 
features to it.  Computing was pure fun in those days - for most of us it 
didn't impinge on work :-)

Anne
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