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C Programming Language, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition
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Just about every C programmer I respect learned C from this book. Unlike many of the 1,000 page doorstops stuffed with CD-ROMs that have become popular, this volume is concise and powerful (if somewhat dangerous) -- like C itself. And it was written by Kernighan himself. Need we say more?
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This second editon describes C as defined by the ANSI standard. This book is meant to help the reader learn how to program in C. The book assumes some familiarity with basic programming concepts like variables, assignment statements, loops, and functions. A novice programmer should be able to read along and pick up the language.
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If you pay attention to the details on this book, you will pick-up the most important area of C that will save you from scratching your head while debugging your code like side effects of infix/postfix increments, precedence of statement evaluation etc..
The authors also discussed some of the best practices in order to optimize the use of language such as efficient manipulation of pointers, style on delaring variables and initializations. Some of the coding style of this book was also used by coding guidelines found in official website of linux kernel.
This book is commendable not only because it was written by the Kernihan and the creator of the language itself(Richie) but how the book was organized and well explained. This is a small book with big information.
I found it to be a great base to ALL other languages I went on to learn - C is like the "father language of the programming world" as many of the pros will tell you.
You can start with this book from absolutely nowhere in C programming, in fact, I think it's better if you do as I felt like I had to "un-learn" many bad habits.
Definitely recommended for everyone by me as it teaches the language to whoever wants to learn C and gives a great base to expand from for anyone who wants to learn other programming languages.
C as a language is nice for an introduction to lower level programming, especially once you start getting towards the bottom with the many different assembly languages out there. I'd recommend the book to someone who is interested in programming at a low-level and is looking to get their feet wet.