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Extreme C

By : Kamran Amini
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Extreme C

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)


The Make build system uses Makefiles. A Makefile is a text file with the name "Makefile" (exactly this and without any extension) in a source directory, and it contains build targets and commands that tell Make how to build the current code base.

Let's start with a simple multi-module C project and equip it with Make. The following shell box shows the files and directories found in the project. As you can see, it has one module named calc, and another module named exec is using it.

The output of the calc module would be a static object library, and the output of the exec module is an executable file:

$ tree ex23_1
├── calc
│   ├── add.c
│   ├── calc.h
│   ├── multiply.c
│   └── subtract.c
└── exec
    └── main.c
2 directories, 5 files 

Shell Box 23-1: The...