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Title:
An Introduction to GCC
Author:
Brian Gough
ISBN:
0-9541617-9-3
Publisher:
Network Theory Limited
Pages:
116pp
Price:
£12-95
Reviewer:
Ian Bruntlett
Subject:
unix
Appeared in:
16-6
This book is a good introduction to GNU C/C++ let down by three serious omissions: a) it does not show you how to usegdbto debug programs; b) it overlooksmake, a critical tool for non-trivial applications; c) it omits to mention the-Weffc++compiler option that warns about violations of the style guidelines from Scott Meyer's Effective C++ book.

On the other hand, it does provide information about useful system utilities:

  • l file - list details about an executable;
  • l nm - list an executable/object file's symbol table / name table;
  • l ldd - list an executable/object file's dynamically linked libraries;
  • l gcov - GNU coverage testing tool; and
  • l gprof - GNU profiler

Verdict: Print a copy for yourself - I would not buy it until the next edition appears hopefully covering the omitted topics. (GNU Free documentation downloadable from

www.network-theory.co.uk/gcc/intro
.)