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The C Puzzle Book 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 078-5342604610
ISBN-10: 0201604612
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This second edition has been revised according to the ANSI C standards, and is now PC oriented. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The C Puzzle Book is an excellent choice for all programmers who want to expand on their basic knowledge of the C programming language. Completely compliant with ANSI C, this book has been designed to help readers gain a more thorough understanding of the C syntax and semantics through interesting puzzles that challenge the readers' proficiency with the basics.

C programming specialist Alan Feuer covers major topics of C from different angles so the reader may gain a more complete understanding for the subject. He accomplishes this by including a variety of C program puzzles, challenging you to follow the puzzle through to determine the outcome. In many cases the programs are print statements, so the puzzle solution is the resulting printout. Once you have determined the puzzle solution, you may compare it with a detailed, step-by-step derivation offered in the book.

The C Puzzle Book teaches intermediate C programming with an effective and unique method -- and it's fun! Working through formidable puzzles and checking your results fine tunes your skills for future programming challenges. This book is a great next step for any programmer who desires a deeper understanding of the C programming language.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (October 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201604612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201604610
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Talyn on December 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased this book and I found it an excellent way to test knowledge of C programs. The book gives you some progreams and functions then asks you to follow the program and determine the output.
I do not know about other computer majors, but my the tests in my classes always include, what does the following function print out, or something to that effect, then you have to go through 2 or 3 loops to figure it out, which can be a bit tricky.
This book is exactly what you need if you are in that type of class, it will really help you with those questions and just generally increase your understanding of the C language.
Not to mention, it's really like a puzzle and not a test, so in that way it is more fun that frustrating.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Abdulmajed Dakkak on May 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thus far this book was one of the best book I have read on C programming. The book consists of a series of programs that you should analyze and then predict the output you should have on the screen. The book is short, really short, there is only about 24 pages worth of programs, another 24 for the output of the program, and the rest is the solutions to the programs. I liked the solutions of the programs because they were very thrall and the authors were not afraid to use pictures to explain the concepts; this was especially helpful for the pointers questions. The questions were somewhat basic, although I did learn a thing or two on how to analyze pointers and the precedence tables. Some of the coding found in the book is not in the proper style you would expect it, the author does say at the beginning of the text book such programs should be avoided. You will, however, encounter such bad styles in other programs you will read in the future. The book was a great read, it was challenging to say the least and it had something that other books lacked which is all the problems were explained and answered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David I on February 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you really want to understand the ins and outs of the C programming language, work through the examples in this book. I first read the first edition back in the mid 80s and still remember the lessons - and make practical use of them today.
Really covers the traps of C syntax and how to use pointers properly. Highly recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley on March 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
My old 1982 copy of The C Puzzle Book has always been my favorite C book. Without exception, it has proved useful many times over the years. Now, I have several more copies on order to put into our technical library at work and onto the desks of our more junior programmers.
This is a great book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Quast on March 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is divided into sections that cover a portion of the C language. For instance, a section on bitwise operators looks something like:

a = 1, b = 2, c = 3;

PRINT(a & b | c);

PRINT(...);

On the following page is the output of each line. You compare your answers to discover if you were correct.

However, what makes this a 5-star book is that unlike most problem/answer books, half of this book thoroughly explains each problem. This allows you to teach yourself anything presented in this book.

I would recommend this to any C programmer, but mostly to students and instructors and tutors to accompany their curriculum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kaizen on January 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
I teach programming languages about 40 years.
Last 30 years, this book is a side reader.
Many engineers and students answer these puzzle.
Nobody can answer perfect.
Some people use only 16bit or 32 bit machine.
So they can not answer other possibility.
Now I use this book before teaching MISRA-C, automotive coding standard.
Why MISRA-C is needed. Some answers are in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1997
Format: Paperback
Outside of writing a *LOT* of C-programs, this was the best way to quickly learn C. The derivations provided at the end of the book should enlighten everyone who wishes to learn C. If you manage to get a copy - keep it dearly !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EE Professor on May 10, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first encountered this book as a graduate student studying operating systems. The most successful OS of all time, Unix (and it's derivatives) was written in C, which evolved to that purpose. This book is like summer training camp for the C programmer. It exercises all of your skills in bizarre ways and leaves you exhausted, but honed, at the end of the day. I just bought the latest revision for my son who is headed off to college this fall.
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