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Collector's item - don't buy as a guide for modern programming.
on 13 December 2016
I'm giving this two stars as the version of the language described is *very* different to the one currently in use. If you don't know what "K&R" C is and if you are not a collector, don't buy this book - it will not help you in any way for modern programming. The last time had the opportunity to use this version of the language professionally was in 1990. If you do know about K&R, you already know that it is a classic of programming, and you don't need my recommendation! It's very well written, and was the book to originate the idea of printing "Hello world!" as the first program, getting users started as soon as possible. It sits on my shelf between Richards and Whitby Strevens on BCPL, the later K&Rs, and a set of Stroustrop on C++.