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C in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell)by Peter Prinz
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Learning a language--any language--involves a process wherein you learn to rely less and less on instruction and more increasingly on the aspects of the language you've mastered. Whether you're learning French, Java, or C, at some point you'll set aside the tutorial and attempt to converse on your own. It's not necessary to know every subtle facet of French in order to speak it well, especially if there's a good dictionary available. Likewise, C programmers don't need to memorize every detail of C in order to write good programs. What they need instead is a reliable, comprehensive reference that they can keep nearby. C in a Nutshell is that reference.
This long-awaited book is a complete reference to the C programming language and C runtime library. Its purpose is to serve as a convenient, reliable companion in your day-to-day work as a C programmer. C in a Nutshell covers virtually everything you need to program in C, describing all the elements of the language and illustrating their use with numerous examples.
The book is divided into three distinct parts. The first part is a fast-paced description, reminiscent of the classic Kernighan & Ritchie text on which many C programmers cut their teeth. It focuses specifically on the C language and preprocessor directives, including extensions introduced to the ANSI standard in 1999. These topics and others are covered:
The second part of the book is a comprehensive reference to the C runtime library; it includes an overview of the contents of the standard headers and a description of each standard library function. Part III provides the necessary knowledge of the C programmer's basic tools: the compiler, the make utility, and the debugger. The tools described here are those in the GNU software collection.
C in a Nutshell is the perfect companion to K&R, and destined to be the most reached-for reference on your desk.
Book News Annotation:
Divided into three parts, this reference defines the elements of the C programming language, lists the functions available in the standard library, and walks through the process of compiling and testing programs with the basic tools in the GNU software collection. Experienced programmers can draw on the book to quickly answer a question about syntax, type conversions, operators, arrays, declarations, and preprocessing directives.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
Divided into three parts, this reference defines the elements of the C programming language, lists the functions available in the standard library, and walks through the process of compiling and testing programs with the basic tools in the GNU software collection. Experienced programmers can draw on the book to quickly answer a question about syntax, type conversions, operators, arrays, declarations, and preprocessing directives. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this one, handy book, programmers get virtually everything they need to program in C, long established as an ANSI standard. The C programming language has been around since 1971 and is still the language of choice for many applications.
About the Author
Peter is a seminar leader and key course developer, teaching courses to thousands of software developers for Unix and Windows systems. As the chief developer and cofounder of the IT company Authensis AG in Germany, he has gained extensive experience in software development for computer telephony. Peter is also the author of several other books on software development in C/C++, most of them as co-author with Ulla Kirch-Prinz, including O'Reilly's "C Pocket Reference".
Tony Crawford is a technical-writer and freelance translator with a strong C background based just outside Berlin, Germany. In addition to regular software localization projects, he has translated books on network administration and ATM. A US native, Tony completed undergraduate work at Occidental College, Los Angeles; Universit de Perpignan, France; and Technische Universit t, Berlin. Tony translates from German into English.
Table of Contents
Preface Part I: Language Chapter 1: Language Basics Chapter 2: Types Chapter 3: Literals Chapter 4: Type Conversions Chapter 5: Expressions and Operators Chapter 6: Statements Chapter 7: Functions Chapter 8: Arrays Chapter 9: Pointers Chapter 10: Structures and Unions and Bit-Fields Chapter 11: Declarations Chapter 12: Dynamic Memory Management Chapter 13: Input and Output Chapter 14: Preprocessing Directives Part II: Standard Library Chapter 15: The Standard Headers Chapter 16: Functions at a Glance Chapter 17: Standard Library Functions Part III: Basic Tools Chapter 18: Compiling with GCC Chapter 19: Using make to Build C Programs Chapter 20: Debugging C Programs with GDB Colophon
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