This is off topic, but Simon, do you mind doing a short elaboration of your
opinion on the disservice done to IT mentioned? Just curious, I'm not going
to debate...

And while I'm OT, did you ever realize the UIM ebook you considered putting
together a few years back?

2009/7/16 Simon Coulter <shc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

On 16/07/2009, at 1:34 AM, donna lester wrote:

Can some one please recommend books for C programming on i series?

There really aren't any. Paul Conte wrote a book "Common Sense C"
based on articles he published in News/400 (as it was then). This may
still be available from iSeries Network. Although it has a slight OS/
400 bias it more about stupid things that C allows and how to avoid

If you already know C then the C Programmer's Guide in conjunction
with the Compiler, Language, and Run-time Library reference material
from IBM is actually quite good. The C Programmer's Guide concentrates
on OS/400-specific things like record I/O (database, display, and
printer files) and all the documentation has adequate, albeit brief,
code examples for individual functions plus there are some complete
working example programs.

If you want to learn C from scratch then any of the Learn C in 24
hours or Learn C in a week class of books is probably OK to start.
Used together with the C Programmer's Guide (for compiler command
differences) this would get you going. To choose books at this level
read the table of contents and read some of the text--if you like the
author's writing style then buy the book. You'll only need one basic

Detailed information on C is harder to select. There are thousands of
books on C. Most of them are all pitched at the same level and ignore
the more complex aspects of C. I consider these a waste of time and

I settled on the following books:

A Book On C
Al Kelley & Ira Pohl
ISBN 0-8053-1677-9

Mastering C
Anthony Rudd
ISBN 0-471-60820-3

Even the so-called Bible of C:

The C Programming Language
Kernighan & Ritchie
ISBN 0-13110370-9

is useful (regardless of my opinion on the disservice done to IT by
Unix and C).

Simon Coulter.
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