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C Unleashed Paperback – August 18, 2000
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From the Back Cover
C Unleashed is a very comprehensive book on the ANSI C programming language. This book promotes solid, portable programming using ANSI C, thus benefiting programmers on any platform, including mainframes. Covers the New Standard for C, known as C9X, and includes embedded systems, simulation processing, threading and multiprocessing, digital signal processing, and natural language processing.
About the Author
Richard Heathfield is a software consultant in the UK and director and chairman of Eton Computer Systems, Ltd. He has been programming with the ANSI C programming language commercially for almost 10 years. His experience includes writing a Y2K diagnostic engine, network synchronization software, code generators, testing tools and two Executive Information Systems. He specializes in writing across-platform software. In his spare time, he is working on a custom Internet/LAN applications for small-to-medium sized business based on a UDP/IP communications wrapper. Lawrence Kirby is a graduate of Cambridge University in England and has been programming with ANSI C for 10 years, mainly on communication and financial data related systems. He has contributed extensively to comp.lang.c and comp.std.c over the years, gaining a thorough knowledge of the language, closely following the development of the new C9X standard. He is considered one of the gurus of C and now the new C9X.
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1. C Programmer Unleashed!
2. Holy Wars: Programming Standards -- Causes and Cures
4. Dealing with Dates
5. Playing with Bits and Bytes
6. Offline Data Storage and Retrieval
7. When Things Go Wrong: Code-Mending
8. Managing Memory
9. Simulations and Controllers
11. Simple Abstract Data Structures
12. Binary Search Trees
13. Rapid Sorting Techniques
15. Sparse Matrix
16. Working with Graphs
17. Matrix Arithmetic
18. Digital Signal Processing
19. Expression Parsing and Evaluation
20. Making Software Tools
21. Genetic Algorithms
22. Cross-Platform Development: Communications Programming
23. Writing Common Gateway Interface (CGI) Applications in C
24. Abritrary Precision Arithmetic
25. Natural Language Processing
27. Embedded Systems
28. Parallel Processing
29. Looking to the Future: C99
As to the programming examples, they are just fine. If you are just out of your short pants and want to learn about single- or double-linked lists, or the other gimmicks that turn you from a beginner to a competent intermediate, then the CD is just the trick. Unwrap some of the examples, fire up your IDE and step through them, get to know them; adapt them; use them..
..beats the skippy out of having some crotchety old miscreant screaming at you like an aged drill instructor that you are pond scum and you won't *ever* be good enough to code C like him.
Who the hell cares? I got my "C Unleashed", man.
That said, it is a very good book; it covers many interesting topics to varying depths, but always deep enough to be useful, and certainly impressively deep considering the breadth and variety of the topics. The strongest point of the book is the advice about how C programs ought to be written, and the special care given to the Standard. As one of my fellow reviewers demonstrates, there are people in need of that advice, although not all of them are prepared to accept it (he gave the book a single star).
An unusual number of authors contributed to this book, which is a Good Thing, as it means that each chapter was written by someone who was very familiar with the topic, rather than by a sigle person who knew what he was talking about, but maybe didn't have lots of actual experience in that particular area. The main author did a good job on keeping the book coherent (I'd usually assign the praise to the editor, but judging by the awful mess they made in other respects, I suspect it was the author's work, not the editor's), yet the chapters make sense on their own. Be sure though to read Part I eventually, it teaches you some good habits, in the likely case you don't already have them all.
Subtle humour (yes, with a 'u' -- Richard Heathfield is British) makes the read entertaining, too; while other technical books are bone-dry or unwisely make forced attempts at being funny, this one seems to strike the right balance.