|MadSci Network: Computer Science|
Your question isn't specific enough to give a specific answer, but I'll try to give you a few options to pick from. If none are appropriate, feel free to ask a more specific question. There are three or four issues you need to deal with to "start a project using the C language." First, you need a C compiler and development environment. There are several available, some of which have free demo versions for you to try. The GNU project has a suite of completely free tools. See http://www.gnu.org/software/gcc/gcc.html. The commercial compilers make this a lot easier. They are easier to set up, and come with tutorial material. On Windows platforms, I generally use Microsoft Visual C++. You can find information at http://www.microsoft.com; search for Visual C++. On the Macintosh, I use Metrowerks CodeWarrior. This package also works on windows. See http://www.metrowerks.com. The second hurdle is to learn the C language, and the third is to learn the environment. Itís usually easiest to learn these together. The books that come with the commercial compilers generally do a nice job of this. This will take time. Most people take several weeks to a few months to learn the basics of programming, and 2-3 years to get good at it. Taking a class at a local university or community college can be a real help as you get going. They may also have licenses for C that you can use for free. The fourth issue is one you may or may not need to deal with, depending on your goals. Modern computers have an environment in which programs run. The windowing system and all of the extras that come with it take quite a while to learn. The environment really has nothing to do with the C language. C is C, not matter what computer you are on. Creating windows, menus, dialogs and the like is an operating system dependent function, and varies dramatically across platforms. When Iíve taught programming, Iíve had more luck with people who learned the language first and then try to learn a windowing operating system.
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