For more than a decade, Stephen Prata's C Primer Plus has been one of the world's most popular and respected guides to learning C as a first programming language: more than half a million copies have been sold worldwide. Instructors, students, and self-taught learners have each praised this book for its logical organization and thoroughness, carefully crafted examples and exercises, and exceptionally clear explanations of some of the most problematic areas of C programming.
Now, Prata has thoroughly updated this classic guide to: * Fully reflect the new C11 standard, with refreshed code examples and exercises throughout * Emphasize platform-independent C programming, linking its directions to free, open-source C compilers instead of proprietary IDEs * Present new content on C programming for modern mobile and game development * Introduce C-based object-oriented languages, including Apple's Objective-C * Address features including extended integer types, compound literals, expanded character support, designated initializers, Boolean support, expanded computational support, variable-length arrays, and inline functions As with previous editions, C Primer Plus offers broad coverage that begins with a crystal-clear introduction to the fundamentals of C programming. Prata carefully covers variables, data types, arithmetic expressions, program looping, making decisions, arrays, functions, structures, character strings, pointers, bit operations, preprocessing, I/O, and more.
His concise examples and well-designed exercises deliver step-by-step, hands-on experience that begins with simple tasks and gradually builds to more complex, professional-quality techniques. Prata also points out common programming mistakes, helping learners build more robust and reliable code from the very beginning.
Stephen Prata , now retired, taught astronomy, physics, and programming at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. He received his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His association with computers began with the computer modeling of star clusters. Stephen as authored or coauthored over a dozen books, including C++ Primer Plus and Unix Primer Plus.