- Series: Complete Reference
- Paperback: 647 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (September 12, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072224053
- ISBN-13: 978-0072224054
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
The Definitive Resource on Using GCC for Development
Learn to use GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) to develop and deploy a wide range of software across virtually all platforms and languages. Computer consultant Arthur Griffith provides a rich array of information on the most important piece of open source software in the world. Divided into three clearly-defined sections, this book explains command online options for each of the languages, describes in detail how multiple languages can be successfully mixed to build applications, and concludes with chapters devoted to utility programs such as automatic configuration and the debugger. Discover exciting new programming possibilities with this professional resource--plus, utilize the added ability in GCC to compile Java code into native code or bytecodes.
- Install a newly compiled version of GCC and run a test suite
- Build applications for Linux, Windows, and embedded platforms
- Utilize preprocessor directives
- Compile C, C++, Objective C, Fortran, Java, and Ada
- Develop at the operating system level
- Support multiple locales with internalization, localization, and native language support
- Examine and manipulate object files
- Work with archives, shared libraries, and fully linked executable files
- Build all open source software--including Linux, GNOME, KDE, StarOffice, and the Apache Web Server--and the applications that run on them
About the Author
Arthur Griffith has worked as a computer consultant and system-level programmer since 1977, spending several years as a compiler writer. He is the author of Java Master Reference, the KDE/Qt Programming Bible, GNOME/GTK+ Programming Bible and others.
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There are larger but similar problems with the organization of the book. For example, I would have greatly preferred a logically-organized listing of command-line options to a merely alphabetical order. A reader who wants an alphabetical organization can already get it from the manual. This arrangement also leads to problems with the exposition, e.g., the definition of -MQ assumes the definition of -MT, which it precedes. There are other problems with the order of exposition; for example, there's a two and a half page sample of RTL code on 367-9, which is incomprehensible before the explanation of RTL on pp. 387-417, and badly in need of more detailed exposition even afterwards.
(2/27/09: The author never responded to my list of errata, so I've posted it at [...]
The Book is divided Into 3 parts(4 actually).
The first part delves into the reasons as to why? and what? regarding the creation/use of GCC. It also covers some incentives to continue through the book, which are later examined in detail. Installation, configuration, and usage is covered here. And covered quite well!
The second part details the mechanics of the compiler with tests and examples that take you through the workings of it. Mixing of different languages into one native-executable, experiments and understanding of the compiler's built in extensions/pragmas, and demystification of the command-line switches are all covered in this section. Also this section covers this in great detail as with the first part!
The third part of this book gets right into the fun stuff of learning how to properly set up configuration and make files. It covers a *great* deal of extra resources commonly found on systems with GCC installed and makes haste to demystify these as well. This was my favorite part of the book. I had no idea in the nine hells to even begin creation of 'configure' scripts manually(try reading the man/info pages for make and autoconf and watch your hairs get pulled out by your hands!). This section is concise and to the point!
Part 4 is an extremely important part of the book. This part covers ALL of the command-line switches and directives for use with GCC(and it's family of compilers). You learn where, when, and how to use the advanced functionality. A section in this part also covers all the environmental variables; this helps greatly when you are trying to figure out a perfect function/class/struct/call to do a procedure that ends up taking months...then you see here that a single variable contains actual data/info already!
All in all, this book is concise. I love it. It currently sits next to my Stroustrup(C++ Programming Language), Josuttis(C++ Standard Library), and Sedgewick(Algorithms in C++ 1-5). This book is upstanding. The only reason as to why I gave it 4/5 stars is because of the formatting. It reminds me of something you would find in a Prima Tech "Game Programming" book: large font, bulky, and divided. This is not the authors fault though since this same tasteless formatting is used in all other Osborne "Complete Reference" books.
NOTE: Do NOT get this book to learn C or C++. This book is for the intermediate to advanced programmer wanting to better optimize their usage of the GCC package.