C: A Reference Manual (Prentice-Hall software series) Paperback – 1 Dec 1986
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Top Customer Reviews
However, C++ concepts are missing in this book. A newer version should provide new concepts like new ANSI C/C++ standards and Object-oriented programming using C++.
to start learning the language from it. Either Harbison or Steele or
both were on the committee that set the standard, and they often
describe *why* a feature was included in the language. There are also
examples of using and mis-using most parts of the language, and points
about writing for clarity and letting the (modern) compiler optimize
for speed. New in the 4th edition are some brief discussions of C++
compatability (e.g. differences in scoping of some declarations).
small book is the best reference a programmer could have.
Thorough, complete, well-organized, and in my case, well-worn.
Of my hundreds of computer books, this is the one with
which I would never part. Heck, of all my books, this
is second only to "To Kill A Mockingbird", and were it
not for Unix's man pages, Harbison and Steele's book
would be the more indispensable of the two.
In my opinion this is the best. I use C professionally and not only is this book a great reference to the modern ANSI standard BUT also has along side ANSI syntax traditional syntax. This allows for easy translation.
In three words BUY THIS BOOK. It never leaves my side and is in constant use as both a reference AND to settle arguments on format.
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