C Programming Language, Paperback Book
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This book is meant to help the reader learn how to program in C.

It is the definitive reference guide, now in a second edition.

Although the first edition was written in 1978, it continues to be a worldwide best-seller.

This second edition brings the classic original up to date to include the ANSI standard.

From the Preface: We have tried to retain the brevity of the first edition.

C is not a big language, and it is not well served by a big book.

We have improved the exposition of critical features, such as pointers, that are central to C programming.

We have refined the original examples, and have added new examples in several chapters.

For instance, the treatment of complicated declarations is augmented by programs that convert declarations into words and vice versa.

As before, all examples have been tested directly from the text, which is in machine-readable form.

As we said in the first preface to the first edition, C "wears well as one's experience with it grows." With a decade more experience, we still feel that way.

We hope that this book will help you to learn C and use it well.


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the only book on C you'll ever need

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Wonderful. Rare programming book that can be enjoyed away from a terminal^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^hcomputer. Reads as if written by humans -- also rare in this genre.

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K&R is the archetype of a programming language book written for programmers. (I'm tempted to say "also for non-programmer UNIX geeks", but in some sense there is no such thing.) For best results, combine this classic with Kernighan's & Pike's The UNIX Programming Environment. [2008-04-26]

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This is a classic in the field and an essential resource for the library of anyone using C or a language derived from C.

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With scripting languages replacing C as the easiest entry into the programming world, that big blue-on-white sans-serif C may not be as iconic as it once was, but as a place to get started with the C language there are still no better books than this one. K&amp;R is admirably terse and clear—it's the <i>Strunk and White</i> of computer programming.

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