When comparing Learn C The Hard Way vs SoloLearn, the Slant community recommends SoloLearn for most people. In the question“What are the best resources to learn C/C++?” SoloLearn is ranked 1st while Learn C The Hard Way is ranked 2nd.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Designed for people new to C
The book covers very basics such as C syntax, idioms, compilations, make files, linkers and how to find and prevent bugs.
Pro Very practical and hands on
Contains many exercises that will require getting hands dirty very early on.
Pro Can be combined with a video course
A complimentary course is available on Udemy. The course costs $29.
The book is available online for free.
Pro Completely free
Pro Offline learning mode for mobile apps
Allows learning while disconnected from the net.
Pro Easy for beginners
Anyone can get started with this.
Pro Share and modify others' projects
Pro Browser-based code playgrounds
No software installation needed, just a modern web browser. On mobile devices though the mobile apps are highly recommended.
Pro Excellent mobile apps available
XP, levels, badges, certificates, etc.
Con Has errors
Includes technical errors throughout the book.
Con Only the most commonly used languages are covered.
Con Limited usefulness for intermediate or experienced programmers
No advanced coding challenges. Look for those on other sites like hackerrank.