Introduction

The C programming language was first invented in the early 1970s by Dennis Ritchie, an employee at Bell Labs. He created C as an outgrowth of the existing B programming language (in case you were wondering where the weird name came from). Despite the fact that C has been around for over 30 years and that newer languages have come along to improve upon C's functionality, C is still commonly used by many types of programmers.

Although C was written as a language specifically for programmers (unlike Pascal, which was designed to teach programming), even those without formal training or only modest computer skills can pick up the subject. This book was written as the no-frills, here's-what-you-really-need-to-know beginner's guide to ...

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