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Using debuggers from day 1
     posted by coriordan, Sat 19 Dec 2009 09:22:17 PM UTC - 0 replies

It hit me that I should really introduce debuggers right from the start.  Newbie programmers always debug their code with printf, and that's a habit that takes years to shake.

I'll do some writing about this and check it in.  I'm still not back seriously working on this project, but it's always in the back of my mind.

I'm not back, but I wish I was
     posted by coriordan, Fri 04 Sep 2009 03:17:56 AM UTC - 0 replies

I haven't found time to work on this project, but in the long term, it's still a project I hope to finish.

So this "news" item is just to say: a year of silence doesn't mean I've given up :-)

My current focus is the wiki for campaigns against software patents.

July 2008: I'm back again, I think
     posted by coriordan, Thu 17 Jul 2008 11:39:53 PM UTC - 0 replies

Nothing has changed in my life to give me more spare time, but I've suddenly got an interest in this again.

I've decided to use TexInfo, so learning_gnu_c.texinfo is the file I'm doing development in.

I'm back. (a little)
     posted by coriordan, Tue 02 Dec 2003 10:04:53 PM UTC - 0 replies

I've fixed a few bugs, including the ones reported by the savannah bug reporting system (thanks C├ędric Barboiron).  I've also made some very small changes.
I still don't have much spare time, but I'm getting used to working on a lot of projects at once ;-)
Over the next month I'll continue to do occassional work on the book, and in January 2004 I hope to have some regular time for it.

Report on lack of progress
     posted by coriordan, Mon 31 Mar 2003 12:34:33 PM UTC - 0 replies

hello all/none.

I have done little or no work on this book since the start of the
year.  In December of 2002 I decided a rewrite/reorganise would be a
good idea, this proved too big a task for the spare time I had.  The
project went on hold half way through the rewrite; so what exists now
is a jumbled mess.

I do have plans to restart work on this, I have to find some kind
of plan that would give me the time in my life to do this.

Ciaran O'Riordan

2003 end-of-January update
     posted by coriordan, Thu 06 Feb 2003 02:22:19 PM UTC - 0 replies

Hello all.
The last two months have left me little time to work on the book.
This made December a bad time to begin a rewrite :)

After using TexInfo for a while I remembered why I didn't like it:
It's a crappy language but has great tools.  In contrast, DocBook is ...

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breakage planned, 1 or 2 months
     posted by coriordan, Sun 15 Dec 2002 07:44:32 AM UTC - 0 replies

My work in the next 2 months will leave the source in the CVS
repositry in a broken state i.e. it will not be possible to generate
a readable document from it.

The end result will look like a rewrite but this is not as drastic as
it sounds.  My plan involves 4 stages: ...

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Overhaul beginning
     posted by coriordan, Fri 13 Dec 2002 02:40:40 AM UTC - 0 replies

In the next two months I will be rewriting much of the book.  My main
reason is that I want to re-order many of the topics.  Since this is
my first book, I didn't plan ahead and couldn't foresee some of the
issues I encountered.  I may even convert the book back to TexInfo. ...

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GFDL 1.2, Title change, direction change...
     posted by coriordan, Thu 28 Nov 2002 04:10:48 AM UTC - 0 replies

I've just updated the license of the book to version 1.2 of the GNU
Free Documentation License.  It's possible that this is the first
project ever released under this new version!

I've also changed the title (again).  I think this one might stick. ...

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What name should the book have?
     posted by coriordan, Mon 18 Nov 2002 01:13:57 AM UTC - 2 replies

I need help.  I can't decide on a name for the book.

The contents of the book will be:
The C programming language (ANSI C and metions of GNU extensions)
GCC - the GNU compiler
GDB, GNU Make, GProf, CVS - free software development tools ...

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Older News Approved
Work in progress posted by coriordan, Sat 16 Nov 2002 06:15:36 PM UTC - 0 replies
Bad month posted by coriordan, Mon 11 Nov 2002 12:24:12 AM UTC - 0 replies
OK, I'm back posted by coriordan, Mon 04 Nov 2002 02:07:22 AM UTC - 0 replies
No updates for 2 weeks (I'm going away) posted by coriordan, Sun 06 Oct 2002 05:47:25 PM UTC - 0 replies
Info & Texinfo work again posted by coriordan, Mon 19 Aug 2002 06:11:04 PM UTC - 1 reply
First Files Uplode done posted by coriordan, Tue 13 Aug 2002 12:31:50 PM UTC - 0 replies
First Upload (nearly) posted by coriordan, Thu 01 Aug 2002 07:33:45 PM UTC - 0 replies
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