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Effective C: An Introduction to Professional C Programming

Effective C: An Introduction to Professional C Programming

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Publication Date: August 4th, 2020
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A detailed introduction to the C programming language for experienced programmers.

The world runs on code written in the C programming language, yet most schools begin the curriculum with Python or Java. Effective C bridges this gap and brings C into the modern era--covering the modern C17 Standard as well as potential C2x features. With the aid of this instant classic, you'll soon be writing professional, portable, and secure C programs to power robust systems and solve real-world problems.

Robert C. Seacord introduces C and the C Standard Library while addressing best practices, common errors, and open debates in the C community. Developed together with other C Standards committee experts, Effective C will teach you how to debug, test, and analyze C programs. You'll benefit from Seacord's concise explanations of C language constructs and behaviors, and from his 40 years of coding experience.

You'll learn:

  • How to identify and handle undefined behavior in a C program
  • The range and representations of integers and floating-point values
  • How dynamic memory allocation works and how to use nonstandard functions
  • How to use character encodings and types
  • How to perform I/O with terminals and filesystems using C Standard streams and POSIX file descriptors
  • How to understand the C compiler's translation phases and the role of the preprocessor
  • How to test, debug, and analyze C programs
  • Effective C will teach you how to write professional, secure, and portable C code that will stand the test of time and help strengthen the foundation of the computing world.

    About the Author

    Robert C. Seacord is a Technical Director at NCC Group where he develops and delivers secure coding training in C, C++, and other languages. Seacord is an expert on the C Standards committee. His six previous books include The CERT C Coding Standard and Secure Coding in C and C++.

    Praise for Effective C: An Introduction to Professional C Programming

    "A worthwhile addition to a C programmer’s bookshelf."
    —Ian Bruntlett, ACCU

    "Effective C will teach you C programming for the modern era...This book's emphasis on the security aspects of C programming is unmatched. My personal recommendation is that, after reading it, you use all of the available tools it presents to avoid undefined behavior in the C programs you write.
    —Pascal Cuoq, Chief Scientist, TrustInSoft

    "An excellent introduction to Modern C."
    —Francis Glassborow, ACCU

    "A really, really good C book that does not talk down to you."
    —Stephan Neuhaus, @stephanneuhaus1

    "An updated and relevant version of what you may be coding. I'm a fan."
    —Christoff Sogon, @sogonsec