1.4 How this book is organized
Like any good tutorial, this book starts with an explanation of simple concepts and builds on these fundamentals to progress to advanced topics.
Part I of the book provides a history of the development of these tools and why they exist.
Part II contains most of the book's content, starting with an introduction to concepts such as `Makefile's and configuration triplets. Later chapters introduce each tool and how to manage projects of varying sizes using the tools in concert. Programs written in C and C++ can be non-portable if written carelessly. Chapters 14 and 15 offer guidelines for writing portable programs in C and C++, respectively.
Part III provides information that you are unlikely to find in any other
documentation, that is based on extensive experience with the tools. It
embodies chapters that treat some advanced, yet essential, concepts such