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C Interfaces and Implementations: Techniques for Creating Reusable Software

 
 
 
 
C Interfaces and Implementations: Techniques for Creating Reusable Software
Author: David R. Hanson
ISBN 13: 9780201498417
ISBN 10: 201498413
Edition: 1
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Publication Date: 1996-08-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $54.99
 
 

Every programmer and software project manager must master the art of creating reusable software modules; they are the building blocks of large, reliable applications. Unlike some modern object-oriented languages, C provides little linguistic support or motivation for creating reusable application programming interfaces (APIs). While most C programmers use APIs and the libraries that implement them in almost every application they write, relatively few programmers create and disseminate new, widely applicable APIs. C Interfaces and Implementations shows how to create reusable APIs using interface-based design, a language-independent methodology that separates interfaces from their implementations. This methodology is explained by example. The author describes in detail 24 interfaces and their implementations, providing the reader with a thorough understanding of this design approach.

Features of C Interfaces and Implementations:

  • Concise interface descriptions that comprise a reference manual for programmers interested in using the interfaces.

  • A guided tour of the code that implements each chapter's interface tp help those modifying or extending an interface or designing related interfaces.

  • In-depth focus on "algorithm engineering:" how to package data structures and related algorithms into reusable modules.

  • Source code for 24 APIs and 8 sample applications is examined, with each presented as a "literate program" in which a thorough explanation is interleaved with the source code.

  • Rarely documented C programming tricks-of-the-trade.

  • Convenient access to all source code in the book via the World Wide Web at http://www.cs.princeton.edu/software/cii/

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Shows how to create reusable APIs using interface-based design, a language-independent methodology that separates interfaces from their implementations. Details 24 interfaces and their implementations and looks at eight sample applications, presenting them as literate programs with explanations interwoven with source code. Focuses on algorithm engineering and how to package data structures and related algorithms into reusable models. For C programmers, and students with a previous undergraduate introductory programming course. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)