Talk:The C Programming Language

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Translation mess[edit]

If somebody write the spanish translation of this page, please say in big words that the spanish translation is a total mess and insult, it is totally non-understandable, even a non-english speaker can understand it better in english than its translation to spanish, i have buy it and i have lost time trying to read it, i have needed some days that with "arreglo" they means "array" (a total different word, apart that these parts needs to remain in english)

If you have a Wikipedia account (which is unknown, as you didn't sign your comment), and know Spanish at a professional or first language level, you can, and, in fact, should edit corrections into the Spanish version of this article. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia where anyone with sufficient knowledge of a subject can update an article with new facts, as long as they're properly sourced from a reputable source. Julesmazur (talk) 02:58, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Disambig needed?[edit]

Is a disambig really needed when the first sentence makes it patently clear that this is about the book about the language and links to the language? I see no advantage for the disambig over not having one, and it clutter's the page and is redundant. I didn't revert because I'd prefer to come to an understanding. - Taxman 17:46, Mar 21, 2005 (UTC)

I agree with Taxman. - Bevo 18:28, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Well, someone reverted and I'm in no mood to start an edit war. I see your point. - EatMyShortz 03:02, 25 Mar 2005 (UTC)
I still think disambig is advisable. If not, I suggest adding "(book)" to make "The C Programming Language (book)" the title of this article (which is about a book), in order to to distinguish it from "C (programming language)" -- which is the title of a separate article about a programming language.
I'm with you on this one. Julesmazur (talk) 20:07, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

How do you know this?[edit]

You say: As of 2006, there is no new edition covering C99. How do you know this? Is there an Internet article (because I can't find one)?

K&R 2 was the last K&R published. There is no seminal book covering C99, and there won't be, as Dennis M. Ritchie has passed away (in October 2011). If you're arguing that there were subsequent editions of K&R, the burden of proof is on you. Provide evidence supporting a 3rd and/or 4th edition. Julesmazur (talk) 02:53, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Informal wording[edit]

The influence of The C Programming Language on programmers, a generation of which "cut their teeth" on C in universities and industry [...]

I'm not a native English speaker, and I don't understand what "cutting their teeth" means. Could somebody please replace this expression with a more formal, understandable form? rbonvall 12:04, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

It means to learn something at the beginning of one's career, influencing one's future habits. It's a widespread English idiom that can be found in good English dictionaries under "cut", and it's the best phrasing to use in this sentence, so I don't think it should be changed personally. Redquark 18:00, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
Babies cut their teeth in a fairly predictable order...~~ Xb2u7Zjzc32 (talk) 06:53, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

"white book" not "white bible"?[edit]

Ritchie refers to this as the "white book", at http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/chist.html —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bdelacey (talkcontribs) 00:32, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

External links out of date[edit]

External links need to be updated or removed. http://cm.bell-labs.com no longer contains any of the four external links posted. I'll see if I can find correct links later today. Blutrot (talk) —Preceding undated comment was added at 00:26, 12 October 2008 (UTC).

This book is crap![edit]

Most of the programing examples are useless programs.
The EOF streak is absolute bull because you can't generate an EOF with a keyboard.
The ctrl+c is terminating a running program and not an EOF.
READ UNTIL P33.
Let's see if that will change.
--Jangirke (talk) 07:10, 24 November 2013 (UTC)

@Jangirke, Actually, you can generate an EOF character. Usually in Unix and Unix-like operating systems, terminal is initialized with Control-D (a.k.a. EOT) as EOF. Dannyniu (talk) 04:12, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
It's usually not worth responding to an old comment, particularly one that is unrelated to improving the article. However, as you say, pressing Ctrl-D gives EOF on Unix systems, and Ctrl-Z does the same on Windows systems (although you need to press Enter after the Ctrl-Z). The examples are not useless. Johnuniq (talk) 04:31, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Hello, World[edit]

"Hello, World" is a punchline in The National Anthem - Robert Klein 1974 Mind over Matter - AllMusic pre-dating the book. ~~ Xb2u7Zjzc32 (talk) 06:49, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

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