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21st Century C

Throw out your old ideas of C, and relearn a programming language that’s substantially outgrown its origins. With 21st Century C, you’ll discover up-to-date techniques that are absent from every other C text available. C isn’t just the foundation of modern programming languages, it is a modern language, ideal for writing efficient, state-of-the-art applications. Learn to dump old habits that made sense on mainframes, and pick up the tools you need to use this evolved and aggressively simple language. No matter what programming language you currently champion, you’ll agree that 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 which older C concepts should be downplayed or deprecated
  • Explore problematic C concepts that are too useful to throw out
  • Solve C’s string-building problems with C-standard and POSIX-standard functions
  • Use modern syntactic features for functions that take structured inputs
  • Build high-level object-based libraries and programs
  • Apply existing C libraries for doing advanced math, talking to Internet servers, and running databases

Table of Contents
Part I: The Environment
Chapter 1. Set Yourself Up for Easy Compilation
Chapter 2. Debug, Test, Document
Chapter 3. Packaging Your Project
Chapter 4. Version Control
Chapter 5. Playing Nice with Others

Part II: The Language
Chapter 6. Your Pal the Pointer
Chapter 7. C Syntax You Can Ignore
Chapter 8. Obstacles and Opportunity
Chapter 9. Text
Chapter 10. Better Structures
Chapter 11. Object-Oriented Programming in C
Chapter 12. Libraries

Book Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449327141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449327149
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  2. fracicone says:

    Awesome book, very very interesting, thanks!

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