OT: Books on C programming - any suggestions?
kmmos1 at frontier.com
Tue Feb 17 06:08:51 UTC 2015
On 2/16/2015 8:14 AM, Petter Adsen wrote:
> Repeat, this is off-topic, but I wanted to tap into the knowledge of
> the list's subscribers. I apologize in advance.
No apologies are necessary. C is the language of the Linux kernel and
many of its applications. To understand and use them as well as
possible knowledge of C is necessary. To suggest the C language is
off-topic in a user support mailing list is silly. The bootstraps by
which users pull themselves up are shaped like Cs connected with more
> I've been looking to take up C programming for Linux/UN*X systems. I
> had a look at it a few years back, but got sidetracked. Has anyone got
> any suggestions for good books? I already have the K&R book, but I need
> more material.
The C programming textbook by K. N. King is a good read and time
investment beyond the 2nd edition of K & R. King's second edition came
out in 2008, so it is relatively up-to-date, and it has the benefit of
being somewhat more explanatory and informative about the language.
Beyond the details of a particular programming language is the large
topic of the relationship between data structures and algorithms. This
relationship may be implemented to various degrees of satisfaction and
performance in many different programming languages, including
programming languages that are more theoretical than actually
implemented. So, I won't recommend any particular book on the subject,
but merely alert you to the major topic that follows mastering the
rudiments of one or more programming languages. There are many
resources -- books, videos, courses, etc., etc. -- on these topics, so
you won't lack for follow-on materials.
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