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C++ Concurrency in Action: Practical Multithreading Paperback – February 28, 2012

ISBN-13: 860-1200915495 ISBN-10: 1933988770 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933988770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988771
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Williams is a UK-based developer and consultant with many years experience in C++. He has been an active member of the BSI C++ Standards Panel since 2001, and is author or coauthor of many of the C++ Standards Committee papers that led up to the inclusion of the thread library in the new C++ Standard, known as C++11 or C++0x. He has been the maintainer of the Boost Thread library since 2006, and is the developer of the just::thread implementation of the C++11 thread library from Just Software Solutions Ltd. Anthony lives in the far west of Cornwall, England.


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I just finished reading this book--twice!
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Thus, I cannot in good conscience give this volume less than four stars.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Alexandros Gezerlis on March 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
"C++ Concurrency In Action: Practical Multithreading" by Anthony Williams is the first book to come out on multithreading and concurrency in the new C++. Williams is currently the primary developer and maintainer of the Boost.Thread library, a writer of many proposals for the C++11 thread library, and has for a while now provided (for a price) its first complete implementation (just::thread).

The Good: at long last C++ is thread-aware and this book shows the reader how to harness this newfound power. Williams starts out by introducing a number of thread-related concepts, like mutexes, condition variables, futures, promises, and atomics. This is an example-based book, so every new topic is fleshed out in code. Having introduced these concepts, the author goes on to apply them by designing lock-based concurrent data structures (a stack, a queue, a lookup table, and a linked list). Williams also shows how to use atomic operations to create lock-free stacks and queues. The book then examines more involved topics like thread pools (for which C++17 will probably have built-in support, though Williams doesn't venture a guess) and is rounded out by a welcome overview of how to identify deadlocks, livelocks, data races, and so on. Given the thematic breakup of the chapters, as well as the wealth of the material collected in the Appendices, this book will come in very handy as a reference. More specifically, Appendix B has a nice comparison of the new C++ multithreading facilities with Java threads, POSIX threads, and the Boost Thread library. Even better is Appendix D, a very useful 120-page reference of the C++11 thread library, which is more usable in digital form (as part of the ebook or the online version of the just::thread documentation).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Zimmerman on May 19, 2012
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I just finished reading this book--twice! The second half requires careful study to get the most out of it. This is really an OUTSTANDING piece of work. The writing is clear and all the code examples are precisely to the point. Virtually zero fluff in this entire book. You can only imagine how much work he put into designing and debugging the programs so that they are so clean. Well, I didn't notice any bugs in the code, but I didn't try to run them yet and his narrative shows that his attention to detail goes way beyond a quick code review.
Here are the things I liked most about this book: 1) it thoroughly uses C++11 features, including std::move, etc. 2) it's comphrehensive coverage of threading; and 3) it includes code and design discussion for a complete thread pool.
In my opinion there are only a few shortcomings: 1) The discussions of packaged_task, promise, spinlock, and fences/barries wasn't elaborate enough to help me really learn when/where to use these tools. Futures and async were covered thoroughly, but not these other topics. There was comment about spinlock unblocking the current thread that I didn't understand.
2) There are many places where the author/editor could have tied more narrative to the bullets in the code. That's a nifty feature of this book series, and it worked very well in this book, except that in some places it should have been done more. A couple of tricky lines of code had no comment, e.g. how the handle() function works in the message passing example. The chaining syntax is unusual and needs more explanation.
3) spinlock, and a few other topics, are not in the index.
4) It would be very helpful to see a brief example program that would report the relative performance of an analogous data structure class from the lock-based chapter vs. the lock-free chapter. This would give the reader a glimpse as to when the added complexity pays off.
I will keep this book for a long time :-)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bas Vodde on April 26, 2012
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I was a reviewer for an early draft of this book. At that time, the new C++ standard was still called C++0x because... of course it would be published before 2010. It didn't. The author patiently waited finishing this book until the C++ standard was finished so that it is inline with the new C++11 standard.

The book described the new C++ threading standard library and how to use it. It assumes a fairly good understanding of C++ already, it isn't the first C++ book you want to pick up :P. I felt it was pretty well written and easy to understand, though I wasn't always comfortable with the authors programming style.

The book consists of ten chapters. The first five are chapters that introduce the basic concurrency classes in the new C++ standard: Threads, mutex, promises and more. Chapter 6-8 are about designing Concurrent C++ applications and I felt it was good that the book went further than just explaining the new library constructs. The last 2 chapters are a bit more advanced topics about thread management and testing.

As said, I enjoyed the book. It was well written and I wasn't familiar with everything from the latest C++ standard yet (Appendix gives an introduction to all the changes in the C++11 standard. I'd definitively recommend this book for anyone who want to write multi-threaded applications in C++. I know of no book that does a better job at this moment. 4 out of 5 stars as the book does an exceptionally good job at what it should do, yet it wasn't a WOW-insight book.
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