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Early sections look at some of the pitfalls of C/C++, with numerous real-world excerpts of confusing or incorrect code. The authors offer many tips and solutions, including a guide for variable names and commenting styles. Next, they cover algorithms, such as binary and quick sorting. Here, the authors show how to take advantage of the built-in functions in standard C/C++. When it comes to data structures, such as arrays, linked lists, and trees, the authors compare the options available to C, C++, Java, and even Perl developers with a random-text-generation program (using a sophisticated Markov chain algorithm) written for each language.
Subsequent sections cover debugging tips (including how to isolate errors with debugging statements) and testing strategies (both white-box and black-box testing) for verifying the correctness of code. Final sections offer tips on creating more portable C/C++ code, with the last chapter suggesting that programmers can take advantage of interpreters (and regular expressions) to gain better control over their code. A handy appendix summarizes the dozens of tips offered throughout the book.
With its commonsense expertise and range of examples drawn from C, C++, and Java, The Practice of Programming is an excellent resource for improving the style and performance of your code base. --Richard Dragan
To be honest, there are quite a few books around that teach algorithms and the fundamentals of computer programming. The problem is that those books are commonly designed to support academic classes in computer science, and consequently shine on the theoretical side but leave something to be desired on the pragmatic front.
The Practice of Programming is a great candidate to fill this widely perceived lack in the literature that I commonly refer to as "for the industry." Authored by two experienced researchers of the Computing Science Research Center at the well-known Bell Labs (the name Brian Kernighan will ring a bell to the millions of C programmers), this manageable text conveys a fantastic quantity of suggestions and guidelines that will come in useful to all the neophytes of programming, and at the same time provides some sound tips and principles to the more seasoned among us. The first chapter approaches the delicate topic of good coding style; while the opinions on this are always subjective, those expressed by the authors seem generally acceptable and worth following. --Davide Marcato, Dr. Dobb's Electronic Review of Computer Books -- Dr. Dobb's Electronic Review of Computer Books
This book gets to the heart of a number of important, readily understood and (sadly) often dismissed factors affecting software development quality. Read morePublished 4 days ago by RSM
As far as I can remember, most other reviews raise perfectly valid points. Even the negative ones. This book does indeed focus on low level coding details while omitting the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Each of Kernighan's books covers a different aspect of software development. Each one provides perspectives from a leader in the field detailing items now taken for granted as good... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patrick S Malloy
This book still holds because it is about programming behaviour. I return to it frequently.
I'd bring it with my laptop to a desert island. Read more
This was a gift for one who greatly appreciated it. I was told the writing and the content were exceptional. Read morePublished 11 months ago by B
I don't understand why this book isn't more popular. If you look at the preface, you'll notice that some of the legends of our field contributed to its contents, including Ken... Read morePublished 15 months ago by GoodGuyJS
Must have this book in your virtual self. Very useful text for modern C programmers!
Recommended for all kind of programmers.
Just as described, excellent communication and delivery...
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