- Series: Osborne Complete Reference Series
- Paperback: 805 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 4 edition (May 17, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072121246
- ISBN-13: 978-0072121247
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall, this is still one of my favorite C books. -- Scott McMahan, UNIXReview.com, July 10, 2000
From the Back Cover
The Ultimate Resource on C―Thoroughly Updated for the New C Standard.
A new ANSI/ISO standard for C, called C99, has been recently adopted and Herb Schildt, the world's leading programming author, has updated and expanded his best-selling reference on C to cover it. Whether you are a beginning C programmer or a seasoned pro, the answers to all your C questions can be found in this one-stop resource. In this authoritative guide, Schildt details the C language, its libraries, and applications, providing insider tips, hundreds of examples, and expertly crafted explanations. As a special bonus, the book concludes by developing a C interpreter, which you can use as-is or expand on your own! And just as you'd expect, everything is presented in the clear, concise, uncompromising style that has made Herb the choice of millions.
Inside you'll find:
- Comprehensive coverage of the C language, including both C89 (the original version of C) and the new features added by C99
- Detailed explanations of each keyword, data type, and operator
- In-depth discussions of pointers, disk I/O, and dynamic allocation
- Complete descriptions of the entire C function library
- Descriptions of the new features added by C99, such as restricted pointers, Boolean and complex data types, the inline keyword, variable-length arrays, and the long data types
- Real-world algorithms and applications, such as stacks, queues, trees, sparse arrays, and sorting. You'll even learn about Al-based searching techniques
- Tips on working efficiently in the C programming environment
- Advice on porting and debugging
- Complete source code for a C interpreter that you can use as-is enhance to fit your needs
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However, if you are looking for a book where you can quickly refresh on a topic, find out syntax for a particular casting operator or how to initialize an esoteric function you thought you would never use, this book will never leave the side of your keyboard. I have owned two copies of the Complete C++ Reference. My copy of the third edition has been highlighted, dog eared and had pages copied so many times it's bindings are more or less gone(not that this is indicative of the books quality, just my frequent abuse of it). My 4th edition copy is well on it's way to looking like the other one as there is not a day that goes by I don't open it up for something.
The book begins with a comprehensive overview of the C language, wholly separated from any C++ concepts. This section concludes around one quarter of the way through and the real meat of the book begins. After giving a birds-eye view of the C++ language, Schildt dives straight into classes and doesn't look back. Every topic is hit with vigor and tenacity until the C++ section of the book is complete. The next three hundred pages are dedicated to the STL and standard function library. Both of these sections are about as complete as it gets without getting a dedicated book on the topic(these do exist). The standard fuction library section is an excellent quick hit reference with function prototypes, a quick description of the function and the related functions arranged into chapters for ease of use. The last of the book's real content is in two excellent exercise chapters where the author goes through the process of creating your own string and parser classes. Both chapters are a joy to read with special attention paid to the design of these classes rather than merely being a code dump. After completing both, you should have a real understanding of how to create your own new data types in a way that falls in line with C++ concepts.
To the reviewers who have given this book a bad rating based on perceived incompleteness, I am really not certain what more the author can do. At around 1000 pages the book is already massive. However, given the complexities of the C++ language, there is bound to be one or two things that slip through the cracks. When you can find books that only focus on one aspect of the C++ language that easily span hundreds of pages, to expect this book to cover literally every topic on C++ is a fairly unreasonable expectation. For most users there will never be a language feature you will use that is not covered in detail in this book. If there is, it will be such an infrequent occurrence that you can forgive the author for not including it.
The one problem I do have with this book is that it is beginning to show it's age a bit. This is perhaps best illustrated in the supplemental chapter on the managed c++ extensions. Microsoft has declared these extensions deprecated in favor of C++/CLI. While this section is only four pages, it is nevertheless a reminder that this book is now several years old. You will find no information on the upcoming C++ standard anywhere in this book, and with the new language features, this will be a problem in the future. That being said, the current version does give you a wealth of information on the current ISO standard which will remain relevant even when the new standard is finalized. This edition will serve you well until the inevitable 5th edition is released in the future. Even with these minor complaints the book easily earns five stars. This is especially reflected in it's low price compared to many other programming books of lesser quality. If you are going to purchase one C++ book that will last you all the way through school or your career, C++: The Complete Reference deserves your full consideration.
I wanted to be reminded of how to use variable numbers of parameters for macro defines. Forget whether this is a good idea. It's a language feature and I want to know how it works.
#define with parameters is handled in one paragraph which doesn't even include the possibility of multiple parameters, let alone any details. Given this, I was curious to see if there was any discussion of the continuation-line functionality in the preprocessor. Nope. Not there.
I'm sure this is a wonderful c++ primer as the other reviews indicate. My spot check demonstrates that this is in no way a complete reference.
Even if you don't like a coding style, completeness allows you to read the code of others.
So I'm out $28 bucks and my question isn't answered. oh well.
on a linux laptop using GNU gcc and i learned a great deal. this book will be on my shelf for the rest of my engineering career.
almost all the coding examples worked. this book is totally self contained. the best part of any software tutorial study. all you need is a C compiler and text editor.
you don't need a bunch of fancy downloads.
i wish all coding books were written this way.