It is a pity that more books aren't written at this level, as this is where I feel like I currently am in my career. As an argument in favor of using C for genera Half of this book is an enjoyable up-to-date primer on the C programming language. Throw out your old ideas of C, and relearn a programming language that's substantially outgrown its origins. The easygoing style is very much appreciated, and I think really sets it apart from most technical works of this nature in making it easy to read. He currently works for the United States Federal Government. The author's work experience and education are listed on , or download a.
Like the language itself, that book is now getting a bit long in the tooth, and fails to cover the more recent revisions to the language C99 and C11 , not to mention the evolution in operating systems and development environments. You will inevitably typo a few bugs, and nothing helps you learn more about a programming language than debugging. But I also regard one of the best features of Python and R the fact that I can dive into C when I need something fast and efficient. . This book deserves the credit for this reawakening, so I'm upping my rating to 5-stars. A lot of the code samples aren't properly formatted, which is a shame because it gives the impression of carelessness. Klemens' tactic is to give a crash course in the various tools needed to produce usable, portable, up-to-date C code without getting into boring minutiae that can be googled when needed.
My experience as a professor is that most of them promptly forget it and never make use of it again. No matter how advanced the hardware gets, there will always be a need for speed and control, so there will always be a need for C. He is of the opinion that writing code should be fun, and has had a grand time writing analyses and models mostly in C for the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, National Institute of Mental Health, et al. It is sometimes hard to follow my heavy programming in C was years ago but it gets someone to where they can be productive. With this revised edition of 21st Century C , you'll discover up-to-date techniques that are absent from every other C text available. However, this book also reminded me why I hate this language. When someone is referred to me an claims to have some programming background, I have learned to ask a simple question: have you programmed with libraries? Because that one semester course teaches a programming language, but does not teach someone how to program.
No matter what programming language you currently champion, you'll agree that C rocks. To me this book means the difference between being able to compile an executable and being able to write software. Throw out your old ideas of C, and relearn a 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. Patent Imperialism Hurts American Interests, Washington Post, 25 August 2006, August 2006. I'm resolved to the reality that C is the basis for most software and programming, and that isn't changing anytime soon, if ever. Instead of Git, the author could have played with some of the available static analysis tools, or linters.
Throw out your old ideas about C and get to know a programming language thats substantially outgrown its origins. The easygoing style is very much appreciated, and I think really sets it apart from most technical works of this nature in making it eas In aggregate, this is kind of a mixed bag, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hasn't spent at least some time learning C the old fashioned way, but for anyone who has, there's a lot of really interesting tips that don't get covered in traditional sources, such as things that made sense to do in the early 80s that are mostly irrelevant on modern machines. I haven't coded much in C for decades, having moved on to full-featured platforms built around other languages. It is hard to get a sense of what each tool is for and what it is capable of doing. If you've been a programmer for a few years in say a language like Python you'll be right at home with this workflow. He is of the opinion that writing code should be fun and has had a grand time writing analyses and models mostly in C for the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, National Institute of Mental Health.
I didn't know about the brackets, f'rinstance. I can see why the reviews for this book are all over the place. I had much more expectations and expected to find something useful for myself — I did not. Not everything is spelled out step-by-step. With 21st Century C, you'll discover up-to-date techniques that are absent from every other C text available.
This book is meant to take someone through that step. I'm somewhat aware of the culture the author is pushing back against, but the barbs seem a little too pointed and directed at specific though unnamed authors for an otherwise professional work. 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. In its recent standards and libraries, C has many of the same features, rendering the newer languages mere syntactic sugar. No matter what programming language you currently champion, you'll agree that C rocks. For those four things, I give this book five stars as I got useful information from each topic.
These tools are mostly from past century, they are powerful yet sometimes not easy to use. I thought it was an interesting idea, The idea of this book is that the C programming language has been quietly evolving, while C++ and Java took all the glory. Having information and examples on the surrounding tooling is certainly practical, but the git chapter felt really unnecessary. It encourages a heavy use of pointers, which turns the code into a sea of asterisks. If you did not already have some background in C, you need to get that somewhere else. I got in trouble with some of the examples, so it helped that I have used many of these tools before even if not all that effectively. No matter what programming language you currently favor, youll quickly see that 21st century C rocks.
It is sometimes hard to follow All engineering students take a one semester course fairly early in their education. Unfortunately, this book covers them in a very unorganized way. I am neither a working programmer nor a noob but still found quite a few good nuggets throughout the book. C isn't just the foundation of modern programming languages, it is a modern language, ideal for writing efficient, state-of-the-art applications. Maybe I'm just being picky. This book is more for an experienced C programmer that is actively writing C code for a living. Word of warning: at least a little knowledge of C is required.