The C Programming Language

by Brian W. Kernighan

Other authorsDennis M. Ritchie (Author)
Paper Book, 1978



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Indeholder "Preface", "Chapter 0. Introduction", "Chapter 1. A Tutorial Introduction", "1.1 Getting Started", "1.2 Variables and Arithmetic", "1.3 The for statement", "1.4 Symbolic Constants", "1.5 A Collection of Useful Programs", "1.6 Arrays", "1.7 Functions", "1.8 Arguments - Call by Value", "1.9 Character Arrays", "1.10 Scope: External Variables", "1.11 Summary", "Chapter 2. Types, Operators and Expressions", "2.1 Variable Names", "2.2 Data Types and Sizes", "2.3 Constants", "2.4 Declarations", "2.5 Arithmetic Operators", "2.6 Relational and Logical Operators", "2.7 Type Conversions", "2.8 Increment and Decrement Operators", "2.9 Bitwise Operators", "2.10 Assignment Operators and Expressions", "2.11 Conditional Expressions", "2.12 Precedence and Order of Evaluation", "Chapter 3. Control Flow", "3.1 Statements and Blocks", "3.2 If-Else", "3.3 Else-If", "3.4 Switch", "3.5 Loops - While and For", "3.6 Loops - Do-While", "3.7 Break", "3.8 Continue", "3.9 Goto and labels", "Chapter 4. Functions and Program Structure", "4.1 Basics", "4.2 Functions Returning Non-integers", "4.3 More on Function Arguments", "4.4 External Variables", "4.5 Scope Rules", "4.6 Static Variables", "4.7 Register Variables", "4.8 Block Structure", "4.9 Initialization", "4.10 Recursion", "4.11 The C Preprocessor", "Chapter 5. Pointers and Arrays", "5.1 Pointers and Addresses 83", "5.2 Pointers and Function Arguments", "5.3 Pointers and Arrays", "5.4 Address Arithmetic", "5.5 Character Pointers and Functions", "5.6 Pointers are not Integers", "5.7 Multi-dimensional Arrays", "5.8 Pointer Arrays; Pointers to Pointers", "5.9 Initialization of Pointer Arrays", "5.10 Pointers vs. Multi-dimensional Arrays", "5.11 Command-line Arguments", "5.12 Pointers to Functions", "Chapter 6. Structures", "6.1 Basics", "6.2 Structures and Functions", "6.3 Arrays of Structures", "6.4 Pointers to Structures", "6.5 Self-referential Structures", "6.6 Table Lookup", "6.7 Fields", "6.8 Unions", "6.7 Typedef", "Chapter 7. Input and Output", "7.1 Access to the Standard Library", "7.2 Standard Input and Output - Getchar and Putchar", "7.3 Formatted Output - Printf", "7.4 Formatted Input - Scanf", "7.5 In-memory Format Conversion", "7.6 File Access", "7.7 Error Handling - Stderr and Exit", "7.8 Line Input and Output", "7.9 Some Miscellaneous Functions", "Chapter 8. The UNIX System Interface", "8.1 File Descriptors", "8.2 Low Level I/O - Read and Write", "8.3 Open, Creat, Close, Unlink", "8.4 Random Access - Seek and Lseek", "8.5 Example - An implementation of Fopen and Getc", "8.6 Example - Listing Directories", "8.7 Example - A Storage Allocator", "Appendix A - C Reference Manual", "1. Introduction", "2. Lexical Conventions", "3. Syntax Notation", "4. What's in a name?", "5. Objects and Lvalues", "6. Conversions", "7. Expressions", "8. Declarations", "9. Statements", "10. External Declarations", "11. Scope rules", "12. Compiler control lines", "13. Implicit declarations", "14. Types revisited", "15. Constant expressions", "16. Portability considerations", "17. Anachronisms", "18. Syntax Summary", "Index".

Introduktion og beskrivelse af programmeringssproget C. Første udgave, så denne version er ganske og aldeles forældet.
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Prentice Hall (1978), Paperback, 228 pages


Classic, bestselling introduction that teaches the language and illustrates useful algorithms, data structures and programming techniques.

User reviews

LibraryThing member FlyByPC
It's K&R. No more need be said. It's the Book.
LibraryThing member jimroberts
This work, "The C Programming Language", describes the original C language, often called K&R C to distinguish it from ANSI C. Kernighan and Ritchie's description of ANSI C is The C Programming Language, Second Edition. Essentially nobody uses K&R C any more, so this work is now only of historical interest. Do not use it to learn C, or even as a reference, unless you are maintaining a legacy application.

Neither edition of The C Programming Language covers C++.

Please do not be misled by the similarity of names and authors into combining the first and second editions into one work. They are significantly different.
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LibraryThing member chrisgann
I have the first edition of this book, and it's just as useful today as the day I first purchased it as a textbook. Of all the programming books I own/have owned, this is the only one I will never let go of. When I was younger my father had several books that seemed outdated and "old", but now in retrospect I understand what the attraction to those books is: they're complete, thorough, and written by and for the pioneers of an industry.

While flipping through it, I was amazed at something that I had completely forgot about:

main() {
int a;

printf("Value of a is %dn", a);

what is the output?

Value of a is 0

Those were the days.
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LibraryThing member nillacat
One of the best technical manuals ever written. Happy memories: at my first job I programmed microcomputers in Z80 assembly language. I learned C from this book and introduced the language to the shop...
LibraryThing member Lyndatrue
From the days of Unix on a tape, and PDP/11 computers (I really miss DEC); it's the universal language for one of the longest lasting operating systems out there. I used this book to learn C, from a day when there weren't classes in it (COBOL or FORTRAN were the lingua franca of the day). Nothing ever equals the success of that first "Hello, World."… (more)


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1978 (1st Edition)

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228 p.; 23.4 cm


0131101633 / 9780131101630

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