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Extreme C

By : Kamran Amini
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Book Image

Extreme C

5 (1)
By: Kamran Amini

Overview of this book

There’s a lot more to C than knowing the language syntax. The industry looks for developers with a rigorous, scientific understanding of the principles and practices. Extreme C will teach you to use C’s advanced low-level power to write effective, efficient systems. This intensive, practical guide will help you become an expert C programmer. Building on your existing C knowledge, you will master preprocessor directives, macros, conditional compilation, pointers, and much more. You will gain new insight into algorithm design, functions, and structures. You will discover how C helps you squeeze maximum performance out of critical, resource-constrained applications. C still plays a critical role in 21st-century programming, remaining the core language for precision engineering, aviations, space research, and more. This book shows how C works with Unix, how to implement OO principles in C, and fully covers multi-processing. In Extreme C, Amini encourages you to think, question, apply, and experiment for yourself. The book is essential for anybody who wants to take their C to the next level.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)

Introduction to socket programming

As part of this chapter, we decided to discuss socket programming before going through the real C code examples as part of the next chapter. That's because there are some fundamental concepts that you need to know before jumping to the code.

Socket programming can be done both on single-host and multi-host deployments. As you might have guessed, the socket programming in a single-host system is done through Unix domain sockets. In a multi-host setup, socket programming is about creating and using network sockets. Both Unix sockets and network sockets more or less use the same API and share the same concepts, so it would make sense to cover them together in the next chapter.

One of the key concepts before using network sockets is how computer networks work. In the following section, we are going to talk about this and introduce you to computer networks. There are many terms and concepts that you should know before being able to...