Expert C Programming: Deep C Secrets – Peter Van Der Linden – 1st Edition


This is for the knowledgeable C programmer, this is a second book that gives the C advanced tips and tricks. This book will help the C programmer reach new heights as a professional. Organized to make it easy for the reader to scan to sections that are relevant to their immediate needs.

This is a very different on the C language! In an easy, conversational style, Peter van der Linden, of Sun’s compiler and OS kernel group, presents dozens of astonishing examples drawn from practical experience, including:

that blew up the space probe to Venus
– The C bug that shut down the entire AT&T phone system
– C programmer job interview secrets
– Why can’t tell Halloween from Christmas day
– The C code for a complete BASIC interpreter

Expert C Programming reveals the coding techniques used by the best C programmers. It relates C to other languages, and includes an introduction to C++ that can be understood by an programmer without weeks of mind-bending study. Covering both the IBM PC and UNIX systems, it is an entertaining and educational romp through C showing how experts really use it. Expert C Programming is a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about the implementation, practical use, and folklore of C.

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Table of Contents

1. C through the mists of time
2. It’s not a bug, it’s a language feature
3. Unscrambling declarations in C
4. The shocking truth: C arrays and pointers are not the same!
5. Thinking of linking
6. Poetry in motion: runtime data structures
7. Thanks for the memory
8. Why programmers can’t tell Halloween from Christmas day
9. More about arrays
10. More about pointers
11. You know C, so C++ is easy!

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