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The Practice of Programming

The Practice of Programming
Author Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike
Language English
Subject Computer programming
Publisher Addison–Wesley
Publication date
ISBN 0-201-61586-X

The Practice of Programming (ISBN 0-201-61586-X) by Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike is a 1999 book about computer programming and software engineering, published by Addison-Wesley.[1]

According to the preface, the book is about "topics like testing, debugging, portability, performance, design alternatives, and style," which, according to the authors, "are not usually the focus of computer science or programming courses".[2] It treats these topics in case studies, featuring implementations in several programming languages (mostly C, but also C++, AWK, Perl, Tcl and Java).

The Practice of Programming has been translated into twelve languages. Eric S. Raymond, in The Art of Unix Programming, calls it "recommended reading for all C programmers (indeed for all programmers in any language)."[3]


  1. ^ a b "TPOP @ Informit". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  2. ^ From the Preface
  3. ^ Raymond, Eric S. (2003). The Art of Unix Programming. Addison-Wesley. 

External links

  • Home page at Princeton
  • Website for the book

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