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The C Programming Language (2nd Edition) (1988)

by Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie (Author)

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Introduces the features of the C programming language, discusses data types, variables, operators, control flow, functions, pointers, arrays, and structures, and looks at the UNIX system interface.
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While I understand and appreciate the historical significance of this book, I really don't think it has aged well for the modern programmer. I found it to be a not bad refresher for the C language, but anything beyond that I would try to find another source to learn C. It felt to me that you already needed to know a fairly low level programming language to understand how to do something in C, compared to a modern learner who probably is using C to start learning more lower level ideas. It also compares C to languages which aren't in wide use anymore (at least for beginner languages), as well as referencing the C language prior to the ANSI standard (which feels pointless at this point in time.)

Again, I understand its a significant historical book for C, but if someone asked me for recommendations on a beginner textbook for programming or the C language, I wouldn't recommend this one. ( )
  jmoravec09 | Sep 12, 2020 |
Definitive reference for C syntax and functionality. Not great for learning, but fabulous for reference. ( )
  SirCrash | Jan 13, 2020 |
Great starter for anyone wanting to l;earn C and keep within the ANSI standard of coding. Weed out those bad habits before they form, he he. ( )
  ajw107 | Jul 26, 2019 |
If you write software in C, this book needs to be on the shelf. ( )
1 vote cawilliams | Apr 11, 2016 |
I read this years ago when I was first taking C. I don't have this edition, but an earlier one. After wading through several other books, I kept coming back to this one as a reference while programming. It is deceptively short & sweet. Re-reads constantly found me more avenues to explore using their basics.

I gave a copy to my son & he came to the same conclusion. While other, larger, & more specific books come & go as C evolves, this basic work is a must for any serious programmer. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
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Kernighan, Brian W.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ritchie, Dennis M.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Janich, ErnstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schreiner, Axel-TobiasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The computing world has undergone a revolution since the publication of The C Programming Language in 1978.
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This is the second edition of "The C Programming Language", which describes "ANSI C", rather than the outdated language "K&R C" described in the first edition.

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