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C++: The Complete Reference Paperback – August 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 078-3254024762 ISBN-10: 0078824761 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Reference Series
  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill Osborne Media; 3rd edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078824761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078824760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Schildt's Classic C++Reference - Now Updated to include the new features of the C++Standard.

The International Standard for C++ added many new libraries, keywords, and features to C++ -- Learn about them all in this completely revised and updated Third Edition of Herb Schildt's outstanding classic. In carefully organized chapters, you'll find expertly-crafted explanations, insider tips, and hundreds of examples that describe and demonstrate every aspect of C++. And just as you'd expect, everything is presented in the clear, uncompromising style that has made Herb the choice of millions.

Whether you are a newcomer just learning C++ or an experienced pro coming up to speed on the new International Standard, you'll find C++: The Complete Reference a lasting resource that will help you maximize your programming efforts. You'd expect nothing less from Herb Schildt, the world's leading programming author. Covering the entire C++ language, the book is organized into five parts: the C subset -- foundations of C++, C++, C++ Object Oriented features, the C++ Function Library, the C++ Class Library, and Applications.

You'll find these topics and more inside:
* Classes and objects
* Constructors and deconstructors
* Virtual functions and inheritance
* The modern forms of new and delete
* Function overloading
* Operator overloading
* Runtime type ID (RTTI)
* Namespaces
* Templates
* Exception handling
* The new casting operators
* The new I/O library
* The Standard Template Library (STL)
* Algorithms, iterators, and predicates
* The principles of Object Oriented Programming


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This book is an excellent reference to C++ and covers all parts of standard C++.
Jordan Mendelson (jordy@wserv.com)
This book is great for beginning and intermediate C++ programmers (and even good for C++ gurus as an easy and quick reference).
"jasfcb"
If you have programmed in C but want to learn about C++, this is a very good book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "jasfcb" on April 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
A little background: I've been programming professionally for 3 years now using VB, SQL, HTML, JavaScript, XML and occasional C. I would consider myself at intermediate/journyman level, striving to be Guru level (I'm perhaps there in VB, but not the other languages). Now my job is calling for more usage of C/C++ and thus I am striving to get at more than just a basic level with these languages. This background information is important because different books are appropriate for different experience/proficiency levels and thus someone can gage my review to their needs or to their experience level.
When I was converting to being a programmer, one of my courses was on C. The text was "A Book On C". This was probably the worst programming book I've ever used - it was poorly indexed, gave [poor] examples (for the beginner) and was difficult to read. I now own a copy of K & R's "The C Programming Language", which is much better and regarded by many to be the best C book of all. I like it, but it's not the best learning book, being terse and sometimes a bit confusing in it's explainations. K&R is an authoritative refernece. I've also thumbed through extensively Stroustrups' "The C++ Programming Language" at the bookstore. Again, this is a definetive reference, but not a good learning book. These books are written by and meant for experienced and/or advanced C/C++ programmers.
On the flip side of the coin are the "...For Dummies", "The Complete Idiots guide to..." and "Teach Yourself..." series books, which I've thumbed through the cooresponding C books at the bookstore. These books are good primers and are easy to understand. However, they are incomplete in their coverage of their subject and are of spotty quality.
So where's the happy medium?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2000
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I have read many books by Schildt and they were all great, but his command of C++ and his programming expertise shine very brightly in this excellent work. This book covers the entire C++ language and its libraries. It is completely up-to-date with the C++ standard. One thing that I really like is its in-depth coverage of the STL. Also, Schildt's discussion of copy constructors and operator overloading are the best that I have seen anywhere. I strongly recommend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Karp on June 29, 2001
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This was a great book when I was starting out, but as I began work on maintaining code, many times I would need to look up a particular standard keyword or set of keywords, and they wouldn't be listed.
Also, I have been reading more technical books on C++, and they would mention some aspect of the language offhand that I wasn't aware of, that they considered fundemental. I would look back at this book to refresh myself, and it wouldn't be mentioned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
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I purchased this book after taking a 2 year break from coding. I found that it was interesting to read and was very useful in terms of just remembering syntax and class concepts. I wouldn't recommend it to someone just learning to program, or to someone who has significant experience. But for the middle people it could really be good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1998
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As an experienced programmer literate in many programming languages, I can tell you that in my experience, C++ is not an easy language to understand. However, once you have spent hours struggling to learn the C++ concept and syntax, you won't regret it.
I have read several C++ books in the past, in an attempt to learn the language - but this is the only one that worked for me. When I bought the book I had a basic knowledge of C, and about two weeks in which to learn C++, and I did. The book is by no means a C++ for dummies - more of a C++ for the not-so-quite-dummies. The first half of this book is dedicated to the C language, which leads very nicely in to the second half which concentrates on the C++ language. Hence, not only did I learn C++, but I also found that I could swot up on my C at the same time. For anyone wanting to learn both C and C++, or C++ from a C background this book is an excellent choice.
The descriptions are very understandable and to the point. The book is also littered with extremely useful examples which help to clear up the many confusing aspect of C++ (and C).
However, if it's a C or C++ reference book that you're looking for - then this book is not for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joaquin Menchaca on October 11, 2003
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This book is very comprehensive and it has helped me in select topic areas, but I find it to be incomplete or inadequately explained in some topic areas.

This book takes a syntactically functional overview of C++ and not an object-oriented overview. Thus, it is very hard to find topics on major concepts within the book as they are presented in pieces throughout the book. I had a difficult time finding for example topics relating to "const". Some material was sparsely covered in the "C Subset of C++" part, but one couldn't see how this relates to classes, e.g. const member functions and data. I did eventually find the const member function, which by the way was not indexed, in the chapter "Namespaces, Conversion Functions, and Other Advanced Topics" (page 609). I could never find information about using const variables in classes and how to properly initialize them, which is done through a member initialization list. I had to get this information from another book.
This book is a decent reference, but it is hard to find out to accomplish major OOD concepts. For those never exposed to programming, this might be a good reference book. But for those that know OOD concepts, and need to know how to implement a particular concept, they'll need to sleuth through the book to piece together tokens of information, and even still might not see the whole picture.
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