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C Pocket Reference 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 063-6920004363
ISBN-10: 0596004362
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Peter Prinz specializes in developing software and in teaching Assembler, C/C++/C#, Java, Windows (MFC), and UNIX system programming. As the chief developer and cofounder of an IT company, Peter has gained extensive experience in software development for computer telephony. As a seminar leader and key course developer at a professional consulting and training company he has taught courses to thousands of software developers. Peter is the co-author with his wife Ulla of several other books on software development in C/C++. More recent projects include "A Complete Guide to Programming in C++" (Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2002). Peter currently resides in Munich, Germany, with Ulla and their two children: Vivi and Jeany. He may be contacted by email at prinz_peter@t-online.de

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596004362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596004361
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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True to its name, this book packs a lot of information in a pocket size package: a solid language description, a quick reference to the C standard library covering C99 and, last but not least, an extensive index. It is well organized and concise, it explains and gives you examples. If you are a newbie to C programming looking for a tutorial, keep your hands off. If you have grasped some basics of C programming, get it and use it!
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I recently started using C again for the first time in over a decade, and I found that I needed to relearn it. I still have all the standard texts, including the K&R (Kernighan & Ritchie), the Kochan, and the Prata, but I needed a concise, quick reference to refresh my knowledge of syntax and usage.

This book fit the bill perfectly. It is to quick references what the K&R is to primers, a succinct text which clearly illuminates the subject without excess verbiage or other distractions.

This compact guide is not a beginner's tutorial, and is not intended to teach you the intricacies of programming in C. For this purpose there are 1000 page tomes that will do the job laudably. Even the K&R can be a useful primer for the highly motivated beginner.

However, as a condensed language reference this book provides a clear description of both the C language and the C standard library. The text, though short, is complete, and fully covers the syntax of the language and the usage of its elements. Additionally, there is a well laid out table of contents and a comprehensive index, which both simplify searching.

As a handy reference for both experienced and beginning C programmers this book excels, and I therefore give it my unqualified recommendation.
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If you know Tech, you know O'reilly guides are always the best, this is a great concise pocket reference for the C language, really helps when your C is a little rusty. A quick read of this will bring it all back to you.
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I am a computer Science Student and the one book that I take to every class is this book. It is the perfect book for quick lookup I would recomend it to anyone
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Presents the key points of C syntax, and also the significant restrictions,
which are often discussed inadequately in textbooks - the
contrasting scopes of variables in blocks, functions and files, and the
automatic search for prototypes and definitions by the compiler. Does not cover C11.
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I love it because this book helped me with winning job in 2008. I was laid off and have been looking for new job and this book helped me with refreshing my knowledge about C language, which I learned in university 20 years ago. I was great at job interviews so I get good job.
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A reference for C, but small enough to fit in your pocket.
It's actually 7% smaller than I thought it would be.
If you are imagining that it is going to be small, this book may be smaller or larger than you imagine.
The actual size has very little effect on the content though.
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By Rick on February 20, 2013
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I took a class on C back in the early 90s, but ended up working more with Pascal, then Perl and eventually settled into Python for over a decade (funny that I just noticed that they all start with 'P'). I found myself in a situation where I need to write and modify some C code. I pulled out my old C books, and starting wading through pages and pages of programming history, and the umpteenth retelling of the 'moth in the line printer' story. I didn't need to learn how to program, I just needed a reference to quickly look up syntax.

This book is perfect, and I'm of the opinion now that I'm going to stick to pocket references for everything but the most alien of subjects. I don't need history, and I don't need step-by-step instructions for installing a compiler/system on my workstation or witty stories about how the author used <insert topic> while he was in college and the horrible results that you're supposed to learn from. Thank you O'Reilly for putting this together.
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