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Expert C Programming: Deep C Secrets

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  369 ratings  ·  22 reviews
This book is for the knowledgeable C programmer, this is a second book that gives the C programmers 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.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 24th 1994 by Prentice Hall
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When you've read K&R and start to ask /why/ C is written the way it is, it's time to graduate to _Expert C Programming: Deep C Secrets_. As much as K&R is the touchstone for all things C, there comes a point fairly soon in your career where you won't need to refer to it any longer. C in indeed a small language, and it's possible to keep all of it in your head.

Van Der Linden has created a collection of things that you won't necessarily need to know until /after/ you've learned C. What's a
Archit Taneja
The funniest tech book I've read until now. I was all aaargc aaarghv when it got over.
Provides a lot of good foundation for writing good systems code, especially in C. As usual, some of the information is dated, and I can't say I agree with all of the suggestions, but it covers a lot of useful ground. I had mostly absorbed much of this information already just from the culture at Sun (and the book is a bit Unix/Sun-centric).
Brennan Moore
"deep c secrets" is the sub-title -- amazing! -- nuf said.
Josh Davis
This was a great little refresher on C. I first learned C by going through the classic K&R book back in high school. As Expert C Programming is quick to point out, C has changed quite a bit from then.

As far as information goes, it covered some really great topics and explained things really well. I definitely feel that I have a better understanding not only of the C language, but of how the C code actually translates into assembly/machine code, which is ultimately what inspires some of how C
Michael Bond
Indeed it is a good second book on C. The coverage of pointers and arrays was excellent. I cannot blame the book for being outdated a couple of decades later; I just read quickly through those sections. I would not use the chapter on C++ to actually learn it.
Wow, what an amazing book!

Truth to be told, I read the last 100 pages today and maybe I am more excited than what I should be.

Amazing "deep secrets" of the C programming language, with incredible background stories related to the topics explained in each chapter. Very useful exercises that lead you to think and learn what has been explained.

Lot of low-level programming and also technical stuff (related to hardware) that might get you to become an expert C programmer and let you think and investi
Good book, explains several details about the language, many times introducing the historical background behind them, and keeping it fun with stories and anecdotes related to the chapter's subject.
It has its years though and is outdated in some respects, an example is the blind insistence in dynamically linked code and how you should not statically link.
Oct 05, 2008 Irfin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: C Programmer
damn, what a nice book.

Buku ini saya temukan di antara buku-buku lama/tua tentang pemrograman di perpustakaan kampus S-1 saya yaitu Univ. Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogykarta. Saya bangga (bukan sombong loh hehe..) telah membaca buku ini, karena beberapa hal krusial yang sering menjadi momok dalam pemrograman C, dibahas dengan cukup tuntas oleh si penulis, Peter van der Linden. Btw saya gak punya buku aslinya, saya fotokopi (bajak) dari perpus. Belakangan sekitar tahun 2005, buku ini saya wariskan kep
Antony Deepak Thomas
Very funny and a good one..
This book fills a serious gap in computer programming books: expert level texts. This is not a book to teach you C. This is a book for experienced C programmers who want to kick it up a few notches. No, I don't think I ever directly used the things I learned from this book in any development project, but I got a deeper understanding and appreciation of the language. Take that, K&R!
Nick Black
Eh, more valuable for the fun sidebars offering insight into Sun development processes than any other content -- the comp.lang.c FAQ covers most of what van der Linden covers here. I borrowed this from a coworker back in my short stint as a systems programmer for CNN, while I was a sophomore, and never owned it.
contents are broad, and language is humor.
overview of c++ and introduction to job interview are both good.
Essential reading from one of the authors of the Sun ProC compiler. It also walks you through writing a simple BASIC interpreter. What I mostly remember is gaining a rock-solid knowledge of how to read and write complex C declarations.
Jeff Ober
This book was written by one of the developers on the Sun compiler team. It is an excellent insight into some of the darker corners of C. I think I learned more about C from this book than from any other.
May 29, 2010 Prats added it
You will learn a lot about better programing styles. You would also be able to relate many of the OS related concepts ans how they are used. You would get to learn how memory management is done efficiently.
Great Book on C programming, especially about pointer and array, and linker/compiler. I also like the hacker stories at the end of each chapter.
Cameron Sung
One of the best books on the language of "C". A must-have for expert programmers and advanced coders around the world.
Dean Jones
This book explained pointers very well. It furthered my knowledge on C
Ankit Kumar
Expert will also find Something out of it that would amaze them.
Fringes of C with a touch of humor = Win.
This book is awesome simply for the subtitle.
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