The Practice of Programming
With the same insight and authority that made their book The Unix Programming Environment a classic, Brian Kernighan and Rob Pike have written The Practice of Programming to help make individual programmers more effective and productive.
The practice of programming is more than just writing code. Programmers must also assess tradeoffs, choose among design alternatives, debug and test, improve performance, and maintain software written by themselves and others. At the same time, they must be concerned with issues like compatibility, robustness, and reliability, while meeting specifications.
The Practice of Programming covers all these topics, and more. This book is full of practical advice and real-world examples in C, C++, Java, and a variety of special-purpose languages. It includes chapters on:
Kernighan and Pike have distilled years of experience writing programs, teaching, and working with other programmers to create this book. Anyone who writes software will profit from the principles and guidance in The Practice of Programming .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - brikis98 - LibraryThing
The book describes itself as a practical guide to general programming in the real world, but for the most part, doesn't deliver on that promise for a number of reasons. First, the book should have ... Read full review
This is simply one of the BEST books on understanding the "what, how, why, when and where" of Good Programming. This is a great classic book on great software building.
Written by the Great Masters Brian Kernighan and Rob Pike (who built great stuff like C language and Unix Operating System) this slim book taught me more about real programming than many huge tomes full of buzzwords.
"Simplicity, Clarity and Generality" are the 3 key principles of great programming.
Small and clear code mini-projects are used as ways to discuss what separates Superbly Elegant code from Spaghetti code.