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9 of the Best Free C Books - Part 3

9 of the Best Free C Books - Part 3

7. Object-Oriented Programming with ANSI-C

Object-Oriented Programming with ANSI-C
Author Axel-Tobias Schreiner
Format PDF
Pages 223

Object-Oriented Programming with ANSI-C uses ANSI-C to discover how object-oriented programming is done, what its techniques are, why they help us solve bigger problems, and how we harness generality and program to catch mistakes earlier.

Chapters include:

  • Abstract Data Types
  • Dynamic Linkage:
  • Programming Savvy - Write a small program to read and evaluate arithmetic expressions consisting of floating point numbers, parentheses and the usual operators for addition, subtraction, and so on
  • Inheritance - Code Reuse and Refinement
  • Programming Savvy - Symbol Table
  • Class Hierachy
  • The ooc Preprocessor - looks at the design of a preprocessor ooc which helps readers to stick to programming conventions
  • Dynamic Type Checking - Defensive Programming
  • Static Construction - Self-Organization
  • Delegates
  • Class Methods - Plugging Memory Leaks
  • Persistent Objects - Storing and Loading Data Structures
  • Exceptions - Disciplined Error Recovery
  • Forwarding Messages - Looks at a rather typical problem: one object hierarchy we build ourselves to create an application, and another object hierarchy is more or less imposed upon us, because it deals with system facilities such as a graphical user interface (GUI, the pronunciation indicates the generally charming qualities).

8.†Writing Bug-Free C Code

Writing Bug-Free C Code
Author Jerry Jongerius
Format HTML
Pages 218

Advocating a style of C programming based upon data abstraction (classes) and run-time object verification, Writing Bug-Free C Code describes a technique that results in virtually bug-free code from the beginning. It details the key to writing bug-free code; the class methodology; designing modules; general tips; and a style guide. It is designed for C programmers interested in writing bug-free code.

The class methodology helps to prevent bugs by making it easier to write C code. It does this by eliminating data structures (class declarations) from include files, which makes a project easier to understand (because there is not as much global information), which makes it easier to write C code, which helps to eliminate bugs. This class methodology, which uses private class declarations, is different from C++, which uses public class declarations.

The class methodology helps detect bugs by providing for both compile- time and run-time type checking of pointers (handles) to class objects. This run-time type checking catches a lot of bugs for you since invalid object handles (the cause of a lot of bugs) are automatically detected and reported.

In the end, this book is all about the techniques used to write virtually bug-free code.

9. Beej's Guide to C Programming

Beej's Guide to C Programming
Author Brian "Beej" Hall
Format HTML (single page), HTML (All on one page), PDF, PostScript
Pages 130

Beej's Guide to C Programming tries to lead the reader from complete and utter sheer lost confusion on to the sort of enlightened bliss that can only be obtained though pure C programming.


  • Programming Building Blocks
  • Variables, Expressions, and Statements - A variable is simply a name for a number. An expression in C consists of other expressions optionally put together with operators. Examines the if, while, do-while, and the for statements
  • Building Blocks Revisited
  • Functions - put some of those building blocks in their own functions when they become too large, or when they do a different thing than the rest of the code
  • Variables, the Sequel - talks about variable scope and storage classes
  • Pointers - they are the address of data. Just like an int can be 12, a pointer can be the address of data
  • Structures - a construct that allows you to logically group variables into groups. You can then reference the group as a whole
  • Arrays - a linear collection of related data
  • Strings - a string in C is a sequence of bytes in memory that usually contains a bunch of letters
  • Dynamic Memory - explores the malloc(), free(), realloc(), and calloc() functions
  • More Stuff - topics include pointer arithmetic, typedef, enum, struct declarations, command line arguments, multidimensional arrays, casting and promotion, incomplete types, void pointers, NULL pointers, and static keywords
  • Standard I/O Library - used for reading from and writing to files
  • String Manipulation - find functions for pulling substrings out of strings, concatenating strings together, getting the length of a string, and more
  • Mathematics - functions that will serve your general purpose mathematical needs

This book is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial- No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

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