The following are mini-reviews of books I read in 2019.
Also see the full index of books I've read.
Detailed commentary on the C Standard, ISO/IEC 9899:1999, known in the vernacular as "C99". The book is about 1600 pages in length, so I've been scanning the document until something catches my eye and then I settle down to read the section of the book more thoroughly.
For the coverage proper of the C Standard itself, the author picks out phrases, sentences, and longer passages from the standard and provides commentary under some or all of the following categories:
The overall commentary for each item chosen from the C Standard makes for fascinating reading. The author is very knowledgeable about C, C++, other historical and contemporary programming languages, and historical and contemporary computer architectures. I repeat: fascinating!
The introduction also makes for interesting reading; its approximately 150 pages look into the cultural, economic, and psychological aspects of computer programming, spread across the following sections (plus a couple of others):
Also see the two-part interview with Valencia Wood published by the Ellicott City, MD Patch:
Dr. Zuk, on the brighter side of life:
After all, nothing says natural selection like a brisk round of the plague.
Word of the book: pleiotropy - "the production by a single gene of two or more apparently unrelated effects."
Pleiotropy means that a gene will often have multiple effects, acting at different times during the life span and on different organ systems.(Also see "Pleiotropy: One Gene Can Affect Multiple Traits", by Ingrid Lobo, Ph.D.)
Also see the Zuk Lab at the University of Minnesota.