Advanced C and C++ Compiling by Milan Stevanovic

By Milan Stevanovic

Studying find out how to write C/C++ code is barely step one. To be a major programmer, you must comprehend the constitution and goal of the binary documents produced by way of the compiler: item documents, static libraries, shared libraries, and, in fact, executables.
Advanced C and C++ Compiling explains the construct procedure intimately and indicates how one can combine code from different builders within the type of deployed libraries in addition to tips to get to the bottom of concerns and capability mismatches among your individual and exterior code trees.

With the proliferation of open resource, figuring out those concerns is more and more the accountability of the person programmer. complex C and C++ Compiling brings all the details had to stream from intermediate to specialist programmer jointly in a single position -- an engineering advisor with regards to C/C++ binaries that will help you get the main actual and pertinent details within the fastest attainable time.

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As a matter of fact, the linker is a specific tool, which, unlike its older brother the compiler, is not interested in the minute details of the written code. Instead, it views the world as a set of object files that (much like puzzle pieces) are about to be combined together in a wider picture of program memory map, as illustrated by Figure 2-8. ) Symbols need to be resolved; they are located inside the other translation units Other segments... Figure 2-8. The linker’s view of the world It does not take a whole lot of imagination to find out that Figure 2-8 has a lot of resemblance with the left part of Figure 2-9, whereas the linker’s ultimate task could be represented by the right part of the same figure.

The analysis is primarily focused on pointing out the details of interplay between the operating system and the layout of the executable binary file, which is tightly connected with the process memory map. Needless to say, the primary focus of this discussion is the execution sequence of the executable binaries created by building the code in C/C++. Importance of the Shell The program execution under the user’s control typically happens through a shell, a program that monitors a user’s actions on the keyboard and mouse.

If the printer driver changed, the whole army of application designers would need to recompile their applications; otherwise, a chaos would emanate due to the runtime presence of plethora of different printer driver versions. Obviously, the right solution would be to implement the operating system in such a way that the following would happen: v The commonly needed functionality is provided in the form of dynamic libraries. v The application that needs the access at common functionality would need to merely load the dynamic library at runtime.

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