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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)


In this chapter, we discussed the common build tools available for building a C or C++ project. As part of this chapter:

  • We discussed the need for a build system.
  • We introduced Make, one of the oldest build systems available for C and C++ projects.
  • We introduced Autotools and CMake, two famous build script generators.
  • We showed how CMake can be used to generate the required Makefiles.
  • We discussed Ninja and we showed how CMake can be used to generate Ninja build scripts.
  • We demonstrated how Bazel can be used to build a C project.
  • Finally, we provided some links to a number of online discussions regarding the comparison of various build systems.