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on 23 March 1998
This book is a computer book junkie's dream. When you need a break from the "three inches and a cd" monotony, read this book, which doesn't leave you with the impression that the author got paid by the word. It's a perfect blend of detailed technical information and whimsy. If you truly enjoy programming, this is the book for you. If you don't, this book may change your mind.
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on 7 July 1998
I think the student below from U of OK is seriously missing the point about this great book! What he dismisses as "declaring arrays and function pointers" is a detailed treatise on the hidden subtleties of pointer use in C. That info is in no other C book I know of in this detail and level of understandability. Take a look for yourself.
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on 18 March 1999
Bit expensive, but worth it. Gives you insight on topics you haven't thought of, in a clear manner. I especially enjoyed the topic on how c compiler calculates the memory location. But this is NOT for the experts. If you are already an expert, this book would be pretty much useless.
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on 15 October 1997
Mr. van der Linden does a remarkable job of making technical subjects fun to read. Mastering C declarations by writing code to parse it, sharing design tradeoffs clearly show the language for what it is. I often refer to the programmer test questions when I do technical interviews.
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on 21 June 1999
This is a much needed intermediate guide to C. The style kept it readable, and the anecdotes were genuinely interesting (particularly the AT&T system crash). PVDL missed his vocation, this book would form excellent lecture notes for a Computer Science course.
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on 14 October 1998
This book really helped me in understanding what C is and why a lot of "bugs" really where a misunderstanding of C concepts.
Now I can program in C with an ease like if it where BASIC or any other simple programming language.
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on 12 January 2014
This is a great book, lots of funny and insightful tales of C and other languages. It seems rare that a technical book is both fun to read and technically insightful.
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on 17 December 2014
An excellent introduction to hidden aspects of the language and the build process of program, for those who already know the C language.
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on 12 October 2014
if only I had found this years earlier. Despite the books age it is still relevant and should be read by all developers
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on 6 June 2016
The quality of the binding of the book is rubbish. Tha book is amazing.
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