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The Elements of C++ Style (Sigs Reference Library) Paperback – February 16, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0521893084 ISBN-10: 0521893089 Edition: 1st
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"If you are looking for a book that covers all the major C++ writing styles, gives you insight into their applicable cases, and guides you in their application to a wide set of usage scenarios, this is the book." ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes

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The Elements of C++ Style is for all C++ practitioners, especially for those working in teams where consistency is critical. Just as Strunk and White's The Elements of Style provides rules of usage for writing in the English language, this text furnishes a set of rules for writing in C++. The authors offer a collection of standards and guidelines for creating solid C++ code, using the latest ANSI standard, that will be easy to understand, enhance and maintain.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sigs Reference Library
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521893089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521893084
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is too small to be used as a physical weapon in the "style wars." Nevertheless, it is large in terms of content. Nearly all of the areas of style differences and disputes are covered. The authors do a good job in presenting their solutions to style difference problems without resorting to evangelical techniques. They express their opinions, justify them and then move on to the next style issue. Small segments of code, demonstrating both the right and wrong ways, are used to illustrate the point.
The issues are placed into several groups:
* General principles.
* Formatting conventions.
* Naming conventions.
* Programming principles.
* Programming conventions.
* Packaging conventions.
The 175 style issues are summarized into a set of short rules at the end of the book, which makes it easier to find specific elements.
This book is not a bible, setting down the commandments for the proper style to be used in creating C++ code. It is a set of suggestions, and if you read it with that in mind, you will find this book of value.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By megan on January 14, 2007
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If you are new to C# or are wanting to start writing cleaner, more efficient, more professional, and just plain smarter code, this is a must-read. These guys definitely know their stuff and give some excellent tips. It's light and quick-read, easy to pick up and read a bit during down times, short enough to power through in one sitting, and serves as a great reference. For the money, this is one of the best books I've bought in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Pierce on February 15, 2008
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Some of this was review, some reminders, some teaching. Overall it is probably one of the best books I have ever invested in to improve my programming quality.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 12, 2004
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Packed into a deceptively-diminutive size paperback package is an essential programmer's guide which should be a reference bible for all C++ programmers: a survey of the basic elements of formatting, naming, documentation and programming which provides a foundation of rules for writing in C++. Organized by programming conventions and principles, Elements Of C++ Style is invaluable for the programmer who would produce consistent, accurate documentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tekHedd on May 31, 2011
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Clearly documented and concise. Follows industry best practices nicely. A good choice if you're looking for a standard style for your team.

It's so close to our internal style that I can use it as the standard with only a page or two of supplemental documentation.
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