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Expert C Programming - Peter van der Linden

Paperback Published: 24th June 1994
ISBN: 9780131774292
Number Of Pages: 384

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Written for experienced C programmers who want to quickly pick up some of the insights and techniques of experts and master the fine arts of ANSI C, this volume passes on the wisdom of a highly experienced C compiler writer and his colleagues to help programmers reach new heights, and avoid common software pitfalls along the way. Using an original approach and a humorous style that makes deep knowledge both easy and accessible, it gathers into one place, tips, hints, shortcuts, guidelines, ideas, idioms, heuristics, tools, anecdotes, C folklore, and techniques that are often penciled in margins and on backs of papers by those working in the programming trenches--working on many different kinds of projects, over many, many years. Each chapter is divided into self-contained sections. Includes extended discussions of major topics such as declarations and arrays/pointers; offers a great many hints and mnemonics; covers topics that many C programmers find confusing; and features one of the best introductions to C++, and the rationale behind it. Throughout, technical details are interspersed with many true stories of how C programming works in practice, and each chapter ends with an amusing C story or piece of software folklore. For software engineers and computer programmers who are writing, developing, testing, debugging software on either IBM PCs or Unix systems.


 1. The ANSI C Standard.

 2. It's Not a Bug, It's a Language Feature!

 3. Unscrambling Declarations in C.

 4. Thinking of Linking.

 5. Poetry in Motion—Runtime Data Structures.

 6. Why Programmers Can't Tell Halloween from Christmas Day.

 7. The Shocking Truth: Arrays and Pointers Are Not Equivalent!

 8. More about Arrays.

 9. More about Pointers.

10. You Know C—C++ Is Easy!

Appendix: C Interview Secrets.

ISBN: 9780131774292
ISBN-10: 0131774298
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 24th June 1994
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1