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Extreme C

By : Kamran Amini
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Book Image

Extreme C

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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)

Ninja

Ninja is an alternative to Make. I hesitate to call it a replacement, but it is a faster alternative. It achieves its high performance by removing some of the features that Make offers, such as string manipulation, loops, and pattern matching.

Ninja has less overhead by removing these features, and because of that, it is not wise to write Ninja build scripts from scratch.

Writing Ninja scripts can be compared to writing shell scripts, the downsides of which we explained in the previous section. That's why it is recommended to use it together with a build script generator tool like CMake.

In this section, we show how Ninja can be used when Ninja build scripts are generated by CMake. Therefore, in this section, we won't go through the syntax of Ninja, as we did for Makefiles. That's because we are not going to write them ourselves; instead, we are going to ask CMake to generate them for us.

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