Throw out your old ideas of C, and relearn a programming language that’s substantially outgrown its origins. With 21st Century C, you’ll discover up-to-date techniques that are absent from every other C text available. C isn’t just the foundation of modern programming languages, it is a modern language, ideal for writing efficient, state-of-the-art applications. Learn to dump old habits that made sense on mainframes, and pick up the tools you need to use this evolved and aggressively simple language. No matter what programming language you currently champion, you’ll agree that C rocks.
Set up a C programming environment with shell facilities, makefiles, text editors, debuggers, and memory checkers
Use Autotools, C’s de facto cross-platform package manager
Learn which older C concepts should be downplayed or deprecated
Explore problematic C concepts that are too useful to throw out
Solve C’s string-building problems with C-standard and POSIX-standard functions
Use modern syntactic features for functions that take structured inputs
Build high-level object-based libraries and programs
Apply existing C libraries for doing advanced math, talking to Internet servers, and running databases
Chapter 1 Set Yourself Up for Easy Compilation
Use a Package Manager
Compiling C with Windows
Which Way to the Library?
Using Libraries from Source
Using Libraries from Source (Even if Your Sysadmin Doesn’t Want You To)