The C Programming Language (2nd Edition)* Authors: Dennis Ritchie and Brian Kernighan * Level: intermediate * Prentice Hall, 1988, ISBN 0-13-110370-9 * Comments: The definitive resource on the C language written by its creator. The book is clear, concise and correct. It is considered a classic by many computer professionals. As quoted by the authors: "C is not a big language, and is not well served by a big book." Appendix A, the reference manual, is meant for easy comprehension by programmers.The Standard C Library
On 11 January 1999, Dennis Ritchie posted some comments about the book to the Usenet.* Author: P.J. Plauger * Level: intermediate/advanced * Prentice Hall, 1991, ISBN 0-13-838012-0 * Comments: The definitive resource on the Standard C Library. The book shows you how to use all of the library functions mandated by the ANSI and ISO Standards for the programming language C. The book explains how the library was meant to be used and how it can be used. The book shows many principles of library design in general. An important reason for the success of C++ is that it's built atop C. As a result, C++ programs can make use of the extensive Standard C library. The Standard C library is an important adjunct to C++.
C and C++ are two separate languages. Just because you may be C programmer does not make you a C++ programmer. The following are some of my favorite C++ books.
C++ For Everyone* Author: Horstmann * Level: introductory * Wiley, 1997, ISBN 978-0-470-92713-7 * Comments: This is an excellent introductory book that covers the essentials of C++ rather than the entire language. As a result, it is a small book that is easily read. Horstmann has a writing style that makes the material clear and easy to understand (plus, he has a sense of humor). I consider all of Horstmann's books to be good buys.Navigating C++ and Object-Oriented Design* Authors: Anderson and Anderson * Level: intermediate/advanced * Prentice-Hall, 1998, ISBN 0-13-532748-2 * Comments: This is a new book (1998) that looks particularly good. Its goal is to provide a C++ reference book, a tutorial for C++ beginners, and an advanced book. It appears to be up-to-date with the ANSI C++ standard.The C++ Programming Language (4th Edition)* Author: Bjarne Stroustrup * Level: advanced * Addison-Wesley, 1997, ISBN 0-201-88954-4 * Comments: This is an extremely well written book for serious C++ programmers. The author, Bjarne Stroustrup, is the designer and original implementor of C++. The book is based on the ANSI/ISO C++ final draft and it covers the C++ language, its standard library, and key design techniques as an integrated whole. This is probably the most accurate C++ book available.The Design and Evolution of C++* Author: Bjarne Stroustrup * Level: intermediate/advanced * Addison-Wesley, 1994, ISBN 0-201-54330-3 * Comments: Written by Bjarne Stroustrup, the designer of C++, this book presents an insider's guide to the design and development of the C++ programming language. C++ is a great language designed by a great programmer and this book offers a unique opportunity to see the thought process behind designing a language. Although easy to read, the book does read best given a good understanding of C++.