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C: A Reference Manual

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This best-selling, authoritative reference manual provides a complete description of the C language, the run-time libraries, and a style of C programming that emphasizes correctness, portability, and maintainability. Describing the C language more clearly and in more detail than any other book, authors Samuel P. Harbison and Guy L. Steele Jr. provide in a single manual: ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 458 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Prentice Hall (first published 1984)
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Mark Miller
Sep 09, 2016 Mark Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for the half-semester course I took on C when I was in college. I wouldn't use it to learn C, since as the name says, it's a reference manual. The great thing about this book is it guided the reader about portability issues. It had a complete standard library reference, and it laid out the precedence of all operators in an easy to follow chart. I used it for several years after I got my degree, out in the work world. Very handy. If the newest edition is anything like this one ...more
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Nov 10, 2014 Maxim Chetruşca rated it really liked it
Well, the book is what its title says: a reference manual. If you need to check something about syntax or semantics, or whether this is a Standard C feature or a specific compiler implementation - this book might be the one. There are also many subtle details presented, like what is the longest line of code possible or how many cases can a switch have. It also covers C++ compatibility. It covers everything, but this is a reference, not a book to learn good practices or tutorial-like. It might ...more
May 10, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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People always cite The C Programming Language but this book is a superior reference.
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