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Overview

In this book fundamental programming concepts are explained along with details of the C language. Many short, easily typed examples illustrate just one or two concepts at a time, encouraging readers to master new topics by immediately putting them to use. Finally, review questions and programming exercises at the end of each chapter punctuate the most critical information and help readers digest the most difficult concepts. A friendly and easy-to-use self-study guide, this book is appropriate for serious students of programming, as well as developers proficient in other languages with a desire to better understand the fundamentals of this core language.
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New edition of a self-study guide in the fundamentals of C programming. Prata (computer programming, College of Marin) presents 17 chapters that discuss topics including extended integer types; expanded character, Boolean, and computational support; variable-length arrays; compound literals; designated initializers; and inline function. Changes to this edition include the new standard for the C language, the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 International Standard. Appropriate for both the non-professional and professional programmer and developer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672326967
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 11/23/2004
  • Series: Primer Plus Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 984
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.97 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Prata is a professor of physics and astronomy at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, where he teaches astronomy, physics, and programming. He received his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His association with computers began with the computer modeling of star clusters. Stephen has authored or coauthored over a dozen books for The Waite Group, including New C Primer and Certified Course in Visual Basic 4.
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C Primer PlusC Primer PlusPreface

C was a relatively little-known language when the first edition of C Primer Plus was written in 1984. Since then, the language has boomed, and many people have learned C with the help of this book. In fact, over 500,000 people have purchased C Primer Plus throughout its various editions.

As the language has grown from the early informal K&R standard through the 1990 ISO/ANSI standard to the 1999 ISO/ANSI standard, so has this book matured through this, the fifth edition. As with all the editions, my aim has been to create an introduction to C that is instructive, clear, and helpful.

Approach and Goals

My goal is for this book to serve as a friendly, easy-to-use, self-study guide. To accomplish that objective, C Primer Plus employs the following strategies:

  • Programming concepts are explained, along with details of the C language; the book does not assume that you are a professional programmer.
  • Many short, easily typed examples illustrate just one or two concepts at a time, because learning by doing is one of the most effective ways to master new information.
  • Figures and illustrations clarify concepts that are difficult to grasp in words alone.
  • Highlight boxes summarize the main features of C for easy reference and review.
  • Review questions and programming exercises at the end of each chapter allow you to test and improve your understanding of C.

To gain the greatest benefit, you should take as active a role as possible in studying the topics in this book. Don't just read the examples, enter them into your system, and try them. C is a very portable language, but you may find differences between how a program works on your system and how it works on ours. Experiment—change part of a program to see what the effect is. Modify a program to do something slightly different. Ignore the occasional warnings and see what happens when you do the wrong thing. Try the questions and exercises. The more you do yourself, the more you will learn and remember.

I hope that you'll find this newest edition an enjoyable and effective introduction to the C language.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Getting ready 1
Ch. 2 Introducing C 23
Ch. 3 Data and C 49
Ch. 4 Character strings and formatted input/output 89
Ch. 5 Operators, expressions, and statements 129
Ch. 6 C control statements : looping 169
Ch. 7 C control statements : branching and jumps 221
Ch. 8 Character input/output and input validation 271
Ch. 9 Functions 303
Ch. 10 Arrays and pointers 347
Ch. 11 Character strings and string functions 399
Ch. 12 Storage classes, linkage, and memory management 453
Ch. 13 File input/output 499
Ch. 14 Structures and other data forms 535
Ch. 15 Bit fiddling 597
Ch. 16 The C preprocessor and the C library 629
Ch. 17 Advanced data representation 681
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Preface

C Primer Plus

Preface

C was a relatively little-known language when the first edition of C Primer Plus was written in 1984. Since then, the language has boomed, and many people have learned C with the help of this book. In fact, over 500,000 people have purchased C Primer Plus throughout its various editions.

As the language has grown from the early informal K&R standard through the 1990 ISO/ANSI standard to the 1999 ISO/ANSI standard, so has this book matured through this, the fifth edition. As with all the editions, my aim has been to create an introduction to C that is instructive, clear, and helpful.

Approach and Goals

My goal is for this book to serve as a friendly, easy-to-use, self-study guide. To accomplish that objective, C Primer Plus employs the following strategies:

  • Programming concepts are explained, along with details of the C language; the book does not assume that you are a professional programmer.
  • Many short, easily typed examples illustrate just one or two concepts at a time, because learning by doing is one of the most effective ways to master new information.
  • Figures and illustrations clarify concepts that are difficult to grasp in words alone.
  • Highlight boxes summarize the main features of C for easy reference and review.
  • Review questions and programming exercises at the end of each chapter allow you to test and improve your understanding of C.

To gain the greatest benefit, you should take as active a role as possible in studying the topics in this book. Don't just read the examples, enter them into your system, and try them. C is a very portable language, but you may find differences between how a program works on your system and how it works on ours. Experiment—change part of a program to see what the effect is. Modify a program to do something slightly different. Ignore the occasional warnings and see what happens when you do the wrong thing. Try the questions and exercises. The more you do yourself, the more you will learn and remember.

I hope that you'll find this newest edition an enjoyable and effective introduction to the C language.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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    5 stars!

    This book was very concise and easy to follow. Recommended for beginner programmers.

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    Posted February 21, 2003

    C Primier Plus

    The book was clear, concise, easy to follow, and detailed. All essential in the novice stage of C programming. This book enabled me to fully understand the code in its entirety, line by line.

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