This book is a tutorial for the computer programming language C. Unlike BASIC or Pascal, C was not written as a teaching aid, but as a professional tool. Programmers love C! Moreover, C is a standard, widely-used language, and a single C program can often be made to run on many different kinds of computer. As Richard M. Stallman remarks in GNU Coding Standards, "Using another language is like using a non-standard feature: it will cause trouble for users." (See http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards_toc.html.)
Skeptics have said that everything that can go wrong in C, does. True, it can be unforgiving, and holds some difficulties that are not obvious at first, but that is because it does not withhold its powerful capabilities from the beginner. If you have come to C seeking a powerful language for writing everyday computer programs, you will not be disappointed.
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