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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
I liked this book, especially the way he comes up with funny phrases you don't see coming. I've read several other programming books (Safer C, Writing Solid Code, No Bugs!, etc), but this is definitely one of the ones that is enjoyable to read. It adds a light humour to the serious, useful information he provides.
He goes into depth into the subjects of C...
Published on 29 Mar 1999

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low quality print
I've just received the book, so no comments on the content, however the quality of the book itself is quite low. The pages look like they have been faxed to the printer, there are dots all around the text and code examples. Perhaps try to find a better quality re-print elsewhere.
Published 23 months ago by D. Livingstone


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!, 29 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Expert C Programming (Paperback)
I liked this book, especially the way he comes up with funny phrases you don't see coming. I've read several other programming books (Safer C, Writing Solid Code, No Bugs!, etc), but this is definitely one of the ones that is enjoyable to read. It adds a light humour to the serious, useful information he provides.
He goes into depth into the subjects of C declarations, memory, pointers, and arrays. He also explains some of the concepts behind the procedure activation record (used when calling a function), linking and compiling. He also challenges the reader with programming assignments to discover more, and provides programming advice.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from experience in the book., 21 July 1999
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This review is from: Expert C Programming (Paperback)
I wrote C for ten years eight hours a day. This book accumulates what I have learned over this time period and even had something new for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more guff, 3 Aug 1998
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This review is from: Expert C Programming (Paperback)
The reader below might be surprised to learn that Expert C Programming was written several years before Java was thought of. Far from being a criticism of C designed to move readers to Java, Expert C is a tribute to the beauty of C, and makes no mention of Java whatsoever.
Honestly! The stuff I have to put up with!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly twenty years, and still valid., 4 Sep 2012
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I've been coding C for many, many years, and didn't expect that a 20 year old book could give me much news. However, this book took my understanding to a new level. It's also full of humor and good stories, which makes it really entertaining to read. Thank you, Peter, for writing such a fantastic book.

Peter? What about a second edition which covers C99 and C11?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional - Hope the author writes a similar book for Java, 28 Sep 1997
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I have programmed in C for more than 5 years before moving onto Java recently. Had this book been available when I was learning C, my life would have been more pleasant then. Though, it is not a beginner's book it gives insights into idiomatic C programming like no other book. (By the way, I have a collection of at least 10 books on C.) In short, I would not think twice about buying this book. Even if you are not programming in C, you should buy this book. It will surely fill you with nostalgia of those days, when all your worries were about dangling pointers and memory leaks. I know that the same author has written two books on Java, but they are more for beginners. I fervently hope the author writes a similar inspiring book for Java.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine supplment to a C programmer's library., 13 May 1997
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There are those times when reading for enjoyment is merited. van der Linden's conversational style allied with the wealth of topics he covers makes this a fun read. Much of the legend, lore and myths of the C language are explored. K&R explain "how" and PvdL tells you "why" and sometimes "whodunit". The drawback to this book is the sometimes extreme Sun-centricity, not surprising considering the author's employment. He's also had to revise his previous condescending remarks about the need to fetch a key (without a newline), dismissing it as only applicable for "games programming."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C Expert Programming is not just for Expert C Programmers, 13 April 1997
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This is a wonderful book for the apprentice C programmer. The title is a bit misleading suggesting that the book is just for the expert. Not so. The novice has just as much or more to gain from reading it. Confused by mind-bending declarations and prototypes? Still feeling a little queasy about some language features? Not quite ready for that 800 page tome on data structures? Check out this book. Its easy, humorous style makes it a pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally excellent, but marred by lots of typos, 18 Mar 1999
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This book is an extremely valuable discussion of a variety of topics about the C language that are poorly described in other books, ranging from how to read complicated typedefs to how your C program compiles and runs on the computer. The material on C++ is quite dated (the book dates from 1994). However, the most annoying thing is the large number of typos. There is a whole figure missing on one page, and there are numerous smaller typos (mostly obvious) throughout the text. There are two big errata sheets on the author's web site for previous editions, but many of these were not fixed in the most recent edition either. My advice to the author: hire a competent proofreader. Also, readers should note that the author's offer to pay $1 for mistakes in the book reported to him DOES NOT apply to typos, only to technical corrections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make room next to K&R!, 1 Jan 1997
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This review is from: Expert C Programming (Paperback)
Pvdl does an excellent job explaining a dry subject...and he
has a sense of humor! His detailed discussion of pointer v. arrays
and runtime memory management should be a "must read" for any programmer.
This book belongs with K&R and the Tartan-labs book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a book that helps you reflect on what you really know about C., 26 May 2014
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This review is from: Expert C Programming: Deep Secrets (Kindle Edition)
You can avoid using the tricky bits of C and get by ok - but if you want to make good programs you have to use all the power of the language. This book helps you get a deeper understanding of C (it helped me as a casual programmer). I recommend it should not be rushed - take a paragraph and chapter at a time. Make sure you appreciate what the author is saying before moving on, its worth it.
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