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21st Century C
Throw out your old ideas about C and get to know a programming language that’s substantially outgrown its origins. With this revised edition of 21st Century C, you’ll discover up-to-date techniques missing from other C tutorials, whether you’re new to the language or just getting reacquainted.
C isn’t just the foundation of modern programming languages; it is a modern language, ideal for writing efficient, state-of-the-art applications. Get past idioms that made sense on mainframes and learn the tools you need to work with this evolved and aggressively simple language. No matter what programming language you currently favor, you’ll quickly see that 21st century C rocks.
- Set up a C programming environment with shell facilities, makefiles, text editors, debuggers, and memory checkers
- Use Autotools, C’s de facto cross-platform package manager
- Learn about the problematic C concepts too useful to discard
- Solve C’s string-building problems with C-standard functions
- Use modern syntactic features for functions that take structured inputs
- Build high-level, object-based libraries and programs
- Perform advanced math, talk to internet servers, and run databases with existing C libraries
This edition also includes new material on concurrent threads, virtual tables, C99 numeric types, and other features.
Audience: intermediate to advanced C programmers. The book does have a beginner C Tutorial in the Appendix.[GRIPE] Personally I did not care for the overly informal tone and punk rock quotes. Explanations tend to be long and colourful. This book is the inverse of formal and terse[/GRIPE] Whatever dude, Right? lol. I would also say that the coding style varies, wildly and the Kindle version is nasty; Also: Ben should know better than to make sport of anyone’s religion or deity.
Other than that, this book is quite possibly the most important book every written about C since K&R(ANSI), with the interesting twist that they are in fact quite different in scope and goal. K&R is really an English version of the ANSI standard with tutorial and example material for learning the structure of the language. K&R assumes you know the CS already and teaches the language grammar with classic CS examples.
21st Century C assumes you know the C Grammar and CS already and teaches how to build solutions with the C language using the improvements of TWO! updates to the C Language standard since K&R(ANSI(C89)).
This is C11 – GNU gcc supports everything that anyone is taking seriously – Right Now! Things like functions with default parameters and variadic macros for variable length functions replacing the infamous va_args system.
Chapters 1 through 5 walk you through setting up a development environment on a UNIX/BSD/Linux type system using standard tools and libraries that provide you with more functionality than the much touted “high level” languages and all of their functionality. He does this step by step in a very practical manner from beginning to end so that you are set-up to work through the rest of the book.
Of course, he could have used combinations of several different libraries and built many completely different development environments specialized for all kinds of different problem domains (C as an ad-hoc DSL)
With C you could choose a different set of tools with better performance, domain optimization, or other advantages — and still be using the same language OR you could mix and match. Remember, the language is tiny, when you change libraries they make all the difference… C is powerful for the very reason that is small and simple. Ben really drives this point home and gives examples of C vs. R (a statistics DSL) with the C code being both easy to understand and much faster. Faster matters MORE now than ever because the fundamental principles of Turing machines are fixed in cold hard reality but our data sets continue to increase in size and complexity. Faster Code Matters.
Chapter 6 goes into depth about pointers for those that struggle with fundamental operations on Z and indirection. It also mentions other storage types and how to avoid using dynamic memory at all in many cases.”Amazon Reader
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