C. by Dissection: The Essentials of C. Programming (The Benjamin/Cummings Series in Computer Science)

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C by Dissection presents a thorough introduction to the programming process by carefully developing working programs to illuminate key features of the C programming language. This book presents the concepts of the programming process using the "dissection" method. Dissection is a unique pedagogical tool first developed by the authors to point out key features of program code. It is similar to a structured walk-through of the code, with the intention of explaining newly encountered programming elements and idioms as found in working code.

The book assumes no programming background and can be used by first time computer users or by experienced programmers who are transitioning to C. Each chapter presents a number of carefully explained programs, which lead the reader in a holistic manner to ever-improving programming skills. Right from the start, the reader is introduced to complete programs, and at an early point in the book, the reader is introduced to writing functions as a major feature of structured programming.

This edition takes into account the fact that many people are learning Java as a first language and then going to C, or vice-versa. It calls out those topics that present a challenge when transitioning from Java and C (e.g. i/o, data types). Exercises have been added to these chapters that engage the reader to compare the differences between the languages.

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This significantly revised edition has been carefully designed to meet the needs of readers new to C. The reader moves easily through the fundamentals of C and on to its latest applications by means of a time-tested explanatory tool called dissection, first developed by the authors in 1984. Dissection, a pedagogical method similar to a structured, step-by-step walk-through, explains new programming elements and idioms as they are encountered in working code. Right from the start, the authors introduce the reader to complete programs, and at an early point in the text the reader learns to write functions, an important feature of structured programming.

Highlights of the new edition
  • ANSI C used throughout.
  • Thoroughly tested code available via ftp and compatible with most C systems.
  • More extensive coverage of functions and pointers, which are typical stumbling blocks for the beginner.
  • Early coverage of multifile programs enables the programmer to write properly modular code and produce and use libraries.
  • Early explanation of simple recursion parallels its early introduction in beginning computer science courses.
  • Greater in-depth treatment of recursion reflects computer scientists' increasing use of C for implementing sophisticated algorithms.
  • Additional coverage of program correctness and type safety.
  • New section on two-dimensional arrays reflects the growing use of C by computer scientists and engineers.
  • New optional "Moving to C++" sections at the end of each chapter offer a preview of the C++ object-oriented extensions of C.


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About the Author:

Ira Pohl is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. His research interests include artificial intelligence, the C and C++ programming languages, practical complexity problems, heuristic search methods, deductive algorithms, and educational and social issues. He originated error analysis in heuristic search methods and deductive algorithms.

Professor Pohl was formerly a Mackay professor at University of California- Berkeley and a ZWO fellow in the Netherlands. He is the author or co-author of Object-Oriented Programming Using C++, C++ Distilled: A Concise Ansi/Iso Reference and Style Guide, C by Dissection: The Essentials of C Programming, A Book on C: Programming in C, C++ for C Programmers, C++ for Fortran Programmers, C++ for Pascal Programmers, and Turbo C: The Essentials of C Programming, all published by Addison-Wesley.

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