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1997\01\15@030526 by Stuart Taylor

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> >         Ok, I'll say _largely_ a 90's phenomenon.  As an opinion, I
> >         would say that even through the late 80's it was K&R C that
> >         was the 'reference' for C.  Note that I'm talking about
> >         programmers in the field, not necessarily guys who work for
> >         companies that write compilers. ;)
>
> Uh, Guys, Harbison & Steele is on the bookshelf of every C programmer I
> know..

and ....

>> K&R was the original reference, but it was not then and is not now
>> a particularly well written book.
>
>   On the other hand, Brian Kernighan DOES have a sense of humor.
>
>    Check out the index entry for "recursion"; it's on page 269 of
>    the second edition.

I think we must be in the back of beyond here in the UK, I don't think
I've ever seen a Harbinson & Steele here.

And I also would like to know what the humour was as both the K&R's on
the shelf here must be both 1st editions as they haven't got that many
pages !!

BTW

Due to the volume of incoming mail distracting me each day from my supposed
real labours, I've chosen to take the daily digest instead. I now look
forward to a good read every morning to start the day.

The only problem is that you then end up typing in the wrong email address
and it goes to a bit bucket somewhere

Keep up the good work

Stuart Taylor
Engineering IT Manager
Solid State Logic

1997\01\15@152310 by Eric Smith

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Stuart Taylor <spam_OUTstuarttTakeThisOuTspamSOLID-STATE-LOGIC.COM> wrote:
> And I also would like to know what the humour was as both the K&R's on
> the shelf here must be both 1st editions as they haven't got that many
> pages !!

In K&R 1st edition, look up "squirrel" in the index.

My favorite humorous item from a technical manual was the Apple DOS 3.2
manual's explanation of why floppy disks needed to be initialized (formatted)
before use:
       On a clear disk you can seek forever.

There certainly isn't much humor to be found in Microchip manuals.  Sigh.

Cheers,
Eric

1997\01\15@164530 by Todd Peterson

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At 09:19 PM 1/15/97 -0000, you wrote:

>In K&R 1st edition, look up "squirrel" in the index.

I don't have that book, but I could guess what was under Andy's 'recursion'.
But squirrel?  Please enlighten me.

>My favorite humorous item from a technical manual was the Apple DOS 3.2
>manual's explanation of why floppy disks needed to be initialized (formatted)
>before use:
>        On a clear disk you can seek forever.

>There certainly isn't much humor to be found in Microchip manuals.  Sigh.

Sure there is.  All the stuff about BRGH=1 is a joke.

       -Todd.




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