The C Programming Language


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.


Second edition guide for experienced programmers who want to learn C quickly without going back to the basics. Translates C terms, commands, and programs in BASIC, FORTRAN, PASCAL, PL/1 and COBOL. No bibliography. Ten years after the first, the master has a second edition ready. Based on the proposed ANSI C. An essential for the C and UNIX user. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The C Programming Language

Author: Brian W. Kernighan - Dennis M. Ritchie
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN13: 9780131103627
ISBN10: 131103628

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