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C: The Complete Reference, 4th Ed.


Publisher:McGraw-Hill Osborne Media



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C has been justly popular since Kernighan and Ritchie developed it, and continues to be so despite the increasing popularity of its offspring, C++ and Java. The release of the ANSI/ISO C99 standard, replacing C89, triggered the fourth version of Schild's massively successful--and massive--C reference. Naturally, though, C99 is only the reason for a new edition, not the whole content. What you get is a six-part book which starts with C's foundations, details the C99 additions, discusses the C libraries, introduces useful algorithms, looks at C environments and--best of all--creates a small C interpreter.

In practice, much of the information in the book remains identical to previous versions and, as at the time of writing, few compilers support all of C99, it might seem unnecessary to buy the new edition at all. However, complete means what it says. Schild keeps all the C89 material (the basis of C++ after all), adds the C99 material and also updates the book to reflect changes in programming practice and style. The C99 additions discussed include new keywords, variable length arrays, complex maths support, the long, long int (64-bit integers), more flexible array structure members and more, all of which are demonstrated in code fragments.

C has the advantage of being a relatively simple, compact language and Schild knows it inside out. If you plan to be a C programmer this is probably the only book on the C language you'll need. --Steve Patient

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