An Introduction to C & GUI Programming 2nd Edition

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Freshly updated for GTK3, the 2nd edition of An Introduction to C & GUI Programming will teach you all you need to know to write simple programs in C and start creating GUIs, even if you're an absolute beginner.

The first half of the book is an introduction to C and covers the basics of writing simple command-line programs. The second half shows how to use the GTK user interface toolkit with C to create feature-rich GUI applications which can be run on the desktop.

156 pages of essential information:

  • Create simple command-line C programs
  • Control flow with conditions and loops
  • Handle variables, strings, and files
  • Design graphical user interface applications in C
  • Handle user input with buttons and menus
  • Use advanced UI features such as data stores and dialogs

Errata (Whoopsie!)

On page 79, there is a typo in the command used to build a GTK application; single hyphens have been used where double hyphens should have been used.

The line:
gcc gtktest.c `pkg-config -cflags -libs gtk+3.0` -o gtktest

should read:
gcc gtktest.c `pkg-config --cflags --libs gtk+-3.0` -o gtktest

In the preceding paragraph, the pkg-config instruction has the same error; the line
pkg-config -cflags -libs gtk+3.0

should read:
pkg-config --cflags --libs gtk+3.0

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