The Practice of Programming Description
Coauthored by Brian Kernighan, one of the pioneers of the C programming language, The Practice of Programming is a manual of good programming style that will help any C C or Java developer create faster, maintainable code.
Early sections look at some of the pitfalls of C C , with numerous real world excerpts of confusing or incorrect code The authors offer many tips and solutions, including a guide for variable names and commenting styles Next, they cover algorithms, such as binary and quick sorting Here, the authors show how to take advantage of the built in functions in standard C C When it comes to data structures, such as arrays, linked lists, and trees, the authors compare the options available to C, C , Java, and even Perl developers with a random text generation program using a sophisticated Markov chain algorithm written for each language.
Subsequent sections cover debugging tips including how to isolate errors with debugging statements and testing strategies both white box and black box testing for verifying the correctness of code Final sections offer tips on creating portable C C code, with the last chapter suggesting that programmers can take advantage of interpreters and regular expressions to gain better control over their code A handy appendix summarizes the dozens of tips offered throughout the book.
With its commonsense expertise and range of examples drawn from C, C , and Java, The Practice of Programming is an excellent resource for improving the style and performance of your code base Richard Dragan.