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Mastering C. Pointers: Tools for Programming Power Paperback – Jan 1994


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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press Inc; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0126974098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0126974096
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,290,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Do not miss this jewel. It is a tad dated; so that is why I just stumbled across it. Moreover, it does have a few faux pas; however, they will not get in the way of learning the basic concepts needed to master the language.

By concentrating on the concepts of pointers and filtering out all the peripheral clutter involved in today's complex programming environment we can get a strong grasp of pointers and see the patterns automatically without having to translate the symbols as some foreign language.

For people who are just casually interested, in pointers there is an added bonus of reading about compilers and companies that and long gone but made their mark in history.

Using OpenMP: Portable Shared Memory Parallel Programming (Scientific and Engineering Computation)
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Book Presents an Excellent Review of C Pointers 15 Feb 1999
By wodonnel@computer.org - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The material which this book presents on C pointers must, I repeat, MUST, be thoroughly mastered and understood before a beginning C programmer can become a serious professional. This book will provide that mastery. If every piece of C code which I have seen had been programmed by someone who had thoroughly and completely understood how to use C pointers, then the vast majority, if not all, of the memory leaks and other memory related problems in those programs would never have seen the light of day. Particularly useful is the discussion about uninitialized versus initialized pointers, pointer indirection, and addresses (constant pointers). The book is best summed up by a single sentence on page 77: "Always know where and to what your pointers point." Although this book lacks the glitz and polish of other comparable books on C, it is clearly a must read. As a C programming professional, I highly recommend this book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is a good resource for novice C programmers 2 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a novice C programmer I found Robert Traisters book Mastering C Pointers useful for demystifying the use of C pointers. Especially valuable were the examples showing the importance of coding style and the use of spaces for making C code comprehensible. His comment towards the end about the importance of commenting code and using good structure was priceless. It goes something like this (I will paraphrase). Frequently it is stated that comments and good coding structure are essential to assist the programmer who comes along in a few months and gets stuck maintaining a piece of code. With C programming comments and good coding structure are essential ... so the progammer can understand his own code after coming back from coffee ... It is so true!
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arrogant writing style and incorrect information. 22 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The writing style talks down to the reader.

The book focuses on the MS/DOS architecture. Why isn't it titled as such?

I stopped reading after the author commented that many programmers are afraid to use functions that return pointers. He then went on to give an example of how to use them. It was wrong!
Reference page 111 of the SECOND EDITION. The "combine()" function returns a pointer to a local variable which is out of scope when it is dereferenced.

I would have returned the book but unfortunately it came with a disk which I had prematurely ripped out!

I doubt ant AP books will be finding a space on my bookshelf.
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