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Knowledge of programming

gotho
Hi, I would be interested in starting this course after I finished reading "Code: the hidden language", however I was wondering if the ability to program was required. I am taking this path because the final goal would be to have a good understanding of what is going on behind the scenes and then continue to learn C. What do you recommend? Should I now resume c and start the course after gaining some knowledge of this language? Also I see that the second edition of the book is out, what would change? Another question: I see that there is also the course on coursera, is it updated with the second edition of the book? What changes between coursera and the book with the website?
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Re: Knowledge of programming

Lozminda
It's bee a while since I did the course, but I'm fairly sure some programming knowledge is required after chapter 4.
I'm sure it is Possible, but I'd guess rather hard.

I learnt C++ as my first language (which is nothing like C, they used to be similar 30 odd years ago (I know subset not similar)) which was probably a bit crazy. I think C would be fine, don't start with C++ like I did. Python is also a powerful beginners language too (which is being used everywhere, don't let the word "beginner" mislead you). C is closer to the hardware, Python more abstracted.

In summary:

Learn C. Once you had a basic understanding start the course, and do both symultaneously. Maybe do some python too or java as you progress.

I'd also have a crack at learning how to use GDB (which will help you with your debugging of C, plus you'll be able to "see inside" you're machine

(I started C++98, C++03, this course, C and then C++11/14/17 onwards. Then Git, ST3 some python (It drove me mad quite a lot), but I now know what the stack is and a whole load of other stuff. This course is great !)

Good luck
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Re: Knowledge of programming

WBahn
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That authors assume that students have at least some background in programming using a high-level language. A one-semester course is in the ballpark. The reference APIs that are given are clearly targeting an object-oriented approach, but that is certainly not required.

As for the state of the Coursera course, I have no idea. My guess is that it is not. But there aren't any fundamental changes.
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Re: Knowledge of programming

Jemsnixon
The authors make the assumption that students have some experience with high-level programming. A course lasting one semester is reasonable. Although it is obvious that the reference APIs provided are aimed towards an object-oriented approach, it is not necessary.

I have no idea how the Coursera course is doing right now. My prediction is that it isn't. However, there are no significant adjustments.