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C Programming Language

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by Brian W. Kernighan
     
 

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This ebook is the first authorized digital version of Kernighan and Ritchie’s 1988 classic, The C Programming Language (2nd Ed.). One of the best-selling programming books published in the last fifty years, "K&R" has been called everything from the "bible" to "a landmark in computer science" and it has influenced generations of programmers. Available

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This ebook is the first authorized digital version of Kernighan and Ritchie’s 1988 classic, The C Programming Language (2nd Ed.). One of the best-selling programming books published in the last fifty years, "K&R" has been called everything from the "bible" to "a landmark in computer science" and it has influenced generations of programmers. Available now for all leading ebook platforms, this concise and beautifully written text is a "must-have" reference for every serious programmer’s digital library.

 

As modestly described by the authors in the Preface to the First Edition, this "is not an introductory programming manual; it assumes some familiarity with basic programming concepts like variables, assignment statements, loops, and functions. Nonetheless, a novice programmer should be able to read along and pick up the language, although access to a more knowledgeable colleague will help."

 

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Fatbrain Review

The original authors of C and the first UNIX system present this concise and powerful guide to ANSI standard C programming. This version, building on Kerninghan and Ritchie's classic The C Programming Language, brings readers up-to-date with the finalized ANSI standard for C while teaching users how to take advantage of noted C features like economy of expression, its full set of operators and more. One reader claimed "Just about every C programmer I respect learned C from this book," while another raved that this book is the "Bible of C." This book is regarded by just about anyone in the C field as the canonical work on the C language and is essential reading for C programmers.
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Second edition guide for experienced programmers who want to learn C quickly without going back to the basics. Translates C terms, commands, and programs in BASIC, FORTRAN, PASCAL, PL/1 and COBOL. No bibliography. Ten years after the first, the master has a second edition ready. Based on the proposed ANSI C. An essential for the C and UNIX user. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Pearson Education
Publication date:
03/22/1988
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Preface

Preface

The computing world has undergone a revolution since the publication of The C Programming Language in 1978. Big computers are much bigger, and personal computers have capabilities that rival the mainframes of a decade ago. During this time, C has changed too, although only modestly, and it has spread far beyond its origins as the language of the UNIX operating system.

The growing popularity of C, the changes in the language over the years, and the creation of compilers by groups not involved in its design, combined to demonstrate a need for a more precise and more contemporary definition of the language than the First edition of this book provided. In 1983, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) established a committee whose goal was to produce "an unambiguous and machine-independent definition of the language C," while still retaining its spirit. The result is the ANSI standard for C.

The standard formalizes constructions that were hinted at but not described in the first edition, particularly structure assignment and enumerations. It provides a new form of function declaration that permits cross-checking of defini-tion with use. It specifies a standard library, with an extensive set of functions for performing input and output, memory management, string manipulation, and similar tasks. It makes precise the behavior of features that were not spelled out in the original definition, and at the same time states explicitly which aspects of the language remain machine-dependent.

This second edition of The C Programming Language describes C as defined by the ANSI standard. Although we have noted the places where thelanguage has evolved, we have chosen to write exclusively in the new form. For the most part, this makes no significant difference; the most visible change is the new form of function declaration and definition. Modern compilers already support most features of the standard.

We have tried to retain the brevity of the first edition. C is not a big language, and it is not well served by a big book. We have improved the exposition of critical features, such as pointers, that are central to C programming. We have refined the original examples, and have added new examples in several chapters. For instance, the treatment of complicated declarations is augmented by programs that convert declarations into words and vice versa. As before, all examples have been tested directly from the text, which is in machine-readable form.

Appendix A, the reference manual, is not the standard, but our attempt to convey the essentials of the standard in a smaller space. It is meant for easy comprehension by programmers, but not as a definition for compiler writersÑ that role properly belongs to the standard itself. Appendix B is a summary of the facilities of the standard library. It too is meant for reference by programmers, not implementers. Appendix C is a concise summary of the changes from the original version.

As we said in the preface to the first edition, C "wears well as one's experience with it grows." With a decade more experience, we still feel that way. We hope that this book will help you to learn C and to use it well.

Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie

Preface to the First Edition

C is a general-purpose programming language which features economy of expression, modern control flow and data structures, and a rich set of operators. C is not a "very high level" language, nor a "big" one, and is not specialized to any particular area of application. But its absence of restrictions and its generality make it more convenient and effective for many tasks than supposedly more powerful languages.

C was originally designed for and implemented on the UNIX operating sys-tem on the DEC PDP-1 1, by Dennis Ritchie. The operating system, the C compiler, and essentially all UNIX applications programs (including all of the software used to prepare this book) are written in C. Production compilers also exist for several other machines, including the IBM System/370, the Honeywell 6000, and the Interdata 8/32. C is not tied to any particular hardware or system, however, and it is easy to write programs that will run without change on any machine that supports C.

This book is meant to help the reader learn how to program in C. It contains a tutorial introduction to get new users started as soon as possible, separate chapters on each major feature, and a reference manual. Most of the treatment is based on reading, writing and revising examples, rather than on mere statements of rules. For the most part, the examples are complete, real programs, rather than isolated fragments. All examples have been tested directly from the text, which is in machine-readable form. Besides showing how to make effective use of the language, we have also tried where possible to illustrate useful algorithms and principles of good style and sound design.

The book is not an introductory programming manual; it assumes some familiarity with basic programming concepts like variables, assignment statements, loops, and functions. Nonetheless, a novice programmer should be able to read along and pick up the language, although access to a more knowledgeable colleague will help.

In our experience, C has proven to be a pleasant, expressive, and versatile language for a wide variety of programs. It is easy to learn, and it wears well as one's experience with it grows. We hope that this book will help you to use it well.

Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie

Meet the Author

Brian W. Kernighan received his BASc from the University of Toronto in 1964 and a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1969. He was a member of the Computing Science Research center at Bell Labs until 2000, and is now a professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton. He was a co-creator of several programming languages, including AWK, AMPL, and a number of tools for document preparation. He is the co-author of 10 books and some technical papers, and holds 4 patents. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. His research areas include programming languages, tools and interfaces that make computers easier to use, often for non-specialist users. He is also interested in technology education for non-technical audiences.

 

Dennis Ritchie was a computer scientist notable for his influence on ALTRAN, B, BCPL, C, Multics, and Unix.

 

 

 

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C Programming Language 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book, but definetly _not_ designed for people who have no idea what a compiler is. The book does not teach programming principles; it teaches the syntax. An excellent book if you have some programming background.
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After completing reading this book I feel I have a complete 'C' Programming knowledge. I have read lot of other C books, but only after I complete reading this one I'm very confident in C programming. This book will be very good if you have done C programming already but I don't recommend this for beginners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd just like to say that this book was written by the CREATOR of the C programming language, and is essential reference material.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best way to learn to program in C is to do it from the creators of the language and this book gives you just that. It is not an easy book to read through overnight but can answer almost any question you ever had about C. It is suitable even for absolute beginners who have access to some UNIX environment although it wouldn't teach you in a hand-holding way as some of the other more verbose books on the subject. I recommend it highly both to newcomers and to more experienced people.
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C is the language of the gods. This book was written by the gods who created C. This is the C bible. There is no better first language to learn than C and there is no better book on C than this one. Play as you go through this book. You will be glad you did!
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This book is classic. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to learn C.
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This the first book I ever read about programming next to the book for my TI-82 calculator in Junior High. This book contains everything a beginning programmer needs to learn and understand the concepts involved in entry level programming and gives them a needed introduction to Unix. It is an awesome reference for even the most knowledgable programmers and comes in handy during late night programming when you can't seem to remember anything. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to even consider programming.
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the dude who wrote the review above is a senile person, obviously. this is a 5 star book PERIOD. so so so many people recommend this book. it is a little hard to follow at times, but just read it slow and try different things and you will come out a better programmer. if you struggle with some of the exercies then it also might be a good idea to buy "The C Answer Book".
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There is a solid reason why people recommend and hold on to this book for ages. It is the classic. Not only does it capture the spirit of the working practical aspects, but it tries to also suggest the complexity and power that C was envisioned with. Try it. It can make everything so simple.
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BS'D This book is incredible in that it fits so much in so little; because of this, however, it tends to be very concise and might be less helpful to someone with absolutely no experience with programming computers. I'd still use it but in conjunction with a class on the subject. I took my first course on the subject by someone who also had a book (which will go unnamed as I wasn't thrilled with it) and this beat it hands down, but it was good having the class to go to as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has more info than books with 10 times the pages! Simply the best reference on the C Language!
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This may the best book on C you'll ever read because of it's clear, concise explanations.
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This book is definately worthy of it's title 'The Bible Of C'. I would recommend this book to anyone who is really serious about becomming a good c programmer. It's a hard read, but not too hard and contains great examples.
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This is basicly not for beginner... However it is very useful for people who have some programming background and want to clarify some of the unclear points. Lots of things, such as structure, pointers, function calls, are clearly described in this book. Also, many good examples.... I learned a lot myself from this book and now feel very confident about C.