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The D Programming Language
The D Programming Language
by Andrei Alexandrescu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read!, 31 Dec. 2014
I've always personally thought of 'D' as a curio language, a language that
never took off; filling the gap at a time when C++ was established, but the
rise of scripting languages were becoming popular. From reading
Alexandrescu's book, it's clear that from the examples given, D is a
slightly more compact form of C++, whilst being as expressive as some of the
scripting languages available (such as python).

The book is well-ordered; one nice thing about this book compared to a lot
of others (of programming books in general), is that not a lot of time is
spent explaining ancillary concepts which are better left to other books
(such as mathematical operators). Instead, Alexandrescu has kept those
things short, favouring to explain how D interprets these things. This is
refreshing, and coming from other languages such as C/C++ allows for greater
understanding of how this language should be used.

Alexandrescu does a very good job at balancing programming concepts against
the language itself, along with useful examples that aren't just rehashing
the standard ones. He is a good author in my opinion, at explaining the
different concepts that D has to offer without labouring the point. A very
enjoyable read, and drawing on parallels with other languages puts D into a
league of its own.

Programming in C (Developer's Library)
Programming in C (Developer's Library)
by Stephen G. Kochan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but there's more comprehensive alternatives..., 31 Dec. 2014
'Programming in C' is a comprehensive book, covering the basics of C from
the beginning and gradually introducing the reader to more advanced topics.
As with most books of this kind, there are copious exercises at the end of
each chapter as well as different examples to illustrate key concepts. Some
exercises however are perhaps too heavy in terms of having a strong
mathematical-slant. Granted, it's often difficult to come up with more
real-world/relevant examples.

The general flow of information in the book is well thought out; concepts
such as primitive types are explained, although perhaps in too much detail.
But for those readers who are used to more dynamically-typed languages, the
amount of information presented in those chapters won't be excessive.

This book will not be for everyone, however. The rather slow-paced
introduction to concepts sometimes labours the point at a cost of explaining
other concepts in C (confer that to 'The C Programming Language' which
offers brevity for the sake of explaining more features of the language).
For example, later on in the book, there's an entire chapter devoted to
bit-wise operations---a concept which could easily be elided for other more
mathematically-minded books. There is a tiny section about dynamic memory
allocation, but this reads like an outlier, long after the concepts of
pointers have been introduced.

Because this book is aimed as a generic platform, there is no real mention
of system-call libraries. Since string handling in C is often more than
just manipulating character arrays, there is no mention of calls such as
strlen(), str[n]cpy(), etc. This would have been a nice aside, especially
since some of the str*() functions use memory-allocation techniques.

I would recommend this book, but only to a very limited audience. Similar
books which are pitched at the same level as this, namely 'C Primer Plus',
offer a more comprehensive read, and cover more concepts at depth.

In the Land of Grey & Pin
In the Land of Grey & Pin
Price: £7.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab and Groovy, 10 Nov. 2000
I think that this is a fabulous piece of music that has a variety of styles. From golf girl to nine feet underground, there is a great deal of melodic change for which Caravan were well known. All in all, a fantastic albulm and well worth buying.

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