If at some point in your trip down embedded lane, you’re interested in getting a bit closer to the chip you’re going to have to brush up on your knowledge of the lingua franca of embedded development: good ol’ fashion C. While classic texts like K&R are deservedly the goto references for embedded development, the ‘Pocket’ series from O’Reilly has long since proven it’s worth on a huge range of topics where you might just want a 5 sentence reminder of the syntax of a command, or the executive summary, rather than a 300 page doctoral thesis on dereferencing. If you just want to get started writing some code or understanding some working examples that you have in front of you, you can’t beat books like the C Pocket Reference for giving you the information you want in a painless, wonderfully portable format. After purchasing about 20 books in this series, I’ve found them to be some of the best value for the money out there.
It’s not a replacement for a good, authoritative book on C like the afforementioned K&R, but if you’re just looking for a brush up or some quick explanation of some infrequently used function in the standard library, this is the book you want. Not convinced … have a look inside at the O’Reilly website (link above) or on Amazon, but for $10 you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value for the amount of useful information contained in this very pocket and travel-friendly book.
Author: Peter Prinz, Ulla Kirch-Prinz