31 May 2011

No argument here

Andrew Binstock rues that, 33 years after the first edition of The C Programming Language, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie's approach to teaching a language is still the gold standard.

The second thing K&R omits is spoon feeding. You have to think as you work through it. All the information is there, but you're forced to engage the language through the examples to get what you need. The authors expect you to be an attentive reader. As a result, you can move quickly through the language because the book supports you, rather than forcing you to read pages that add little to your comprehension.

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