Mentor for C self study wanted

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Thu Oct 25 08:22:18 PDT 2007

On Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 05:02:00PM +0200, Oliver Fromme wrote:
> Harald Schmalzbauer wrote:
>  > 
>  > #include <stdio.h>
>  > 
>  > void main()
> That's not a C program.  :-)
> The return value of the main function of a valid C program
> must be int.  And of course, your main function should
> end with "return 0;" or "exit(0);" (the latter requires
> "#include <stdlib.h>" at the top).
> By the way, I recommend you get a copy of the C standard
> and use it for reference.  You can buy a digital copy (PDF)
> at  (Search for "9899-1999"),
> it's $30.  Alternatively ask Google for "C99 draft" to get
> a free copy of a draft of the standard, which isn't very
> different from the final standard.
> You can also buy a hardcopy of the standard (i.e. a book),
> but it was ~ $300 last time I looked.

That may be the price if you order a paper copy directly from ANSI/ISO,
but the C standard has also been published as a regular book
(ISBN 978-0-470-84573-8) which is not quite so expensive.

For a beginner the standard itself is probably a bit too heavy-going.
The book usually recommended is 'The C programming language, Second edition'
by Kernighan and Ritchie. ( )

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Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at

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