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9 of the Best Free C Books - Part 2

9 of the Best Free C Books - Part 2

4. C Elements of Style

C Elements of Style
Website www.oualline.com/style/index.html
Author Steve Oualline
Format HTML, PDF
Pages 265

C Elements of Style is a useful guide which covers the principals of good programming style, teaching C and C++ programmers how to write code that can be easily read, understood, and maintained by others. Whether you are a student or professional programmer, you will benefit from the many tips and techniques for constructing elegant, reliable code.

The book attempts to show readers how to build a good programming style into your code. Since computer reads only the code and the human concentrates on the comments, a good programming style pertains to both parts of a program.

The ultimate goal is to build a well-designed, well-written code which not only make an effective use of the computer and but also contains careful constructed comments to help humans understand it. This condition will ease the debugging, maintenance and enhancement process, which will eventually improve the readability, portability, reliability and maintainability of your code.

Inside, you will find guidelines on writing comments, program heading, determining variable names, statement formatting, statement details, writing preprocessor, organizing directories and creating makefile.

Whether you're a student or professional programmer, you'll benefit from the many tips and techniques for constructing elegant and reliable code.

5. An Introduction to GCC

An Introduction to GCC
Website www.network-theory.co.uk/docs/gccintro/
Author Brian Gough
Format HTML
Pages 144

An Introduction to GCC provides an introduction to the GNU C and C++ Compilers, gcc and g++, which are part of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC).

This book explains how to use the compiler itself. Based on years of observation of questions posted on mailing lists, it guides the reader straight to the important options of GCC.

Chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Compiling a C program - describes how to compile C programs using gcc. Programs can be compiled from a single source file or from multiple source files, and may use system libraries and header files
  • Compilation options - describes other commonly-used compiler options available in GCC. These options control features such as the search paths used for locating libraries and include files, the use of additional warnings and diagnostics, preprocessor macros and C language dialects
  • Using the preprocessor - describes the use of the GNU C preprocessor cpp, which is part of the GCC package. The preprocessor expands macros in source files before they are compiled. It is automatically called whenever GCC processes a C or C++ program
  • Compiling for debugging - provides the -g debug option to store additional debugging information in object files and executables. This debugging information allows errors to be traced back from a specific machine instruction to the corresponding line in the original source file
  • Compiling with optimization - GCC is an optimizing compiler. It provides a wide range of options which aim to increase the speed, or reduce the size, of the executable files it generates
  • Compiling a C++ program - describes how to use GCC to compile programs written in C++, and the command-line options specific to that language
  • Platform-specific options - describes some of the options available for common platforms: Intel and AMD x86 options, x86 extensions, x86 64-bit processors, DEC Alpha options, SPARC options, POWER/PowerPC options, Multi-architecture support, and floating-point issues
  • Troubleshooting - GCC provides several help and diagnostic options to help troubleshoot problems with the compilation process
  • Compiler-related tools - describes a number of tools which are useful in combination with GCC. These include the GNU archiver ar, for creating libraries, and the GNU profiling and coverage testing programs, gprof and gcov
  • How the compiler works - describes in more detail how GCC transforms source files to an executable file. Compilation is a multi-stage process involving several tools, including the GNU Compiler itself (through the gcc or g++ frontends), the GNU Assembler as, and the GNU Linker ld. The complete set of tools used in the compilation process is referred to as a toolchain
  • Examining compiled files - describes several useful tools for examining the contents of executable files and object files
  • Common error messages - describes the most frequent error and warning messages produced by gcc and g++. Each case is accompanied by a description of the causes, an example and suggestions of possible solutions
  • Getting help - if readers encounters a problem not covered by this introduction, there are several reference manuals which describe GCC and language-related topics in more detail

6. The New C Standard - An Economic and Cultural Commentary

The New C Standard - An Economic and Cultural Commentary

Website www.knosof.co.uk/cbook/cbook.html
Author Derek M. Jones
Format PDF
Pages 1612

The New C Standard - An Economic and Cultural Commentary contains a detailed analysis of the International Standard for the C language,-3.1 excluding the library from a number of perspectives.

The organization of the material is unusual in that it is based on the actual text of the published C Standard.

Chapters cover:

  • Terms, definitions, and symbols
  • Conformance
  • Environment
  • Language

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