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The C programming language

The C Programming Language (sometimes referred to as K&R) is a well-known computer science book written by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie, the latter of whom originally designed and implemented the language (as well as co-designed the Unix operating system with whose development the language was closely intertwined).

The book was central to the development and popularization of the C programming language and is still widely read and used today. Because the book was co-authored by the original language designer, and because the first edition of the book served for many years as the de facto standard for the language, the book is regarded by many to be the authoritative reference on C.

The C Programming Language has often been cited as a model for technical writing, due to the book's clear presentation and concise treatment. At a modest 272 pages (for the second edition), the book's coverage is nevertheless comprehensive, with few wasted words. Examples generally consist of complete programs of the type one is likely to encounter in daily usage of the language, with an emphasis on system programming. The technical details of C are balanced by the authors' observations on good programming practice, which are immediately illustrated with concrete, realistic examples

The influence of The C Programming Language on programmers, a generation of which "cut their teeth" on C in universities and industry, has led many to accept the authors' programming style and conventions as recommended practice, if not normative practice. For example, the coding and formatting style of the programs presented in both editions of the book is often referred to as "K&R style" or the "One True Brace Style" and, significantly, became the coding style used by convention in the source code for the Unix and Linux kernels.

(Source: wikipedia)