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  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 5 edition (August 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321714113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321714114
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Stanley B. Lippman has retired back to the Catalina Foothills where he is working on EEEK!, a computational model of the nervous system of the House Mouse, and An Off By One Error, a speculative novel set in the Northwestern Rain Forest. During his professional career, Stanley served as Distinguished Consultant for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Architect for the Visual C++ development group at Microsoft, member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories, two stints in Massive Multiplayer Online Gaming, and a surprisingly long stint in Feature Animation at Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, and PDI. Stanley will be most remembered for his many years working with Dr. Stroustrup on the implementation of cfront, the standard implementation of C++ until the ISO standard.

 

Josée Lajoie, now at Pixar, was a member of IBM Canada’s C/C++ compiler development team, and chaired the core language working group for the original ANSI/ISO C++ standardization committee.

 

Barbara E. Moo has nearly thirty years of software experience. During her fifteen years at AT&T, she worked closely with C++ inventor Bjarne Stroustrup and managed the C++ development team for several years.

 


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It's readable, understandable, and well written.
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To me it looks like what ever was missed or forgotten were all crammed into one last chapter.
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I highly recommend this book to those who want to learn C++.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By lazybird on September 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
C++ Primer, 5th ed. is a great book for an intermediate level C++ programmer. I would NOT recommend this book to a novice, but if you went through an introductory book or two and have some basic programming experience, this book will take you to the next level.

The authors introduce STL material from the beginning. So, this book more or less shares pedagogical philosophy with another excellent introductory book "Accelerated C++" by Koenig & Moo (who is a co-author of this book). IMO, this is a superior approach, compared to a more traditional, part1-C-part2-C++ type of approach.

What I like about this book, in particular, is the authors' attention to detail and their pursuit of "completeness". Not only does the book cover all the basic building blocks of the language, it also describes subtleties and nuances in the language that can easily be missed or misunderstood by showing you lots of easy-to-understand examples. In this sense, I would say that this book contains most of the materials covered in topical books such as "Effective C++: 55 ways..." by S. Meyers. Althought Meyers' book is a decent one on its own, I feel like you wouldn't really need to read Meyers' book if you go through this book patiently.

Well, what I described so far doesn't differ much from what you can find in other reviews for the previous editions. However, newly added materal on the new C++11 extension certainly justifies new edition. The authors give clear explantion of new addtions (such as auto type, decltype, list initialization, rvalue reference, move operator, lambda expression, shared/unique pointers, just to name a few). These new materials are repeatedly used throughout the book, so you will feel very comfortable with these by the time you finish the book.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Yiannis on October 14, 2012
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The C++ programming language is big, powerful and painful to master. But it's a wonderful language, both for industrial and academic use. The "C++ Primer, 5th Edition" is exactly the same. It is a big book, with a lot of information which is not always easily presented. But it's a good book and it appeals to a lot of programmers.

The "C++ Primer, 5th Edition" is not a book for those who just started programming. It is for those people that know the basics of programming and wish to learn how to program C++ the way it's supposed to be. The language is presented in depth, along with all the new features that come with its latest ISO standard, C++11.

Object Oriented Programming principles and practice, Generic Programming, Containers, dynamic memory and advanced type support are also all there. Everything is presented in a clear way with a lot of examples and several exercises to get you started.

What I liked:

1) The summary of "Defined Terms" at the end of each chapter is a very handful guide on what was presented in the chapter and it greatly assists in both remembering what the chapter was about and as a quick reference.

2) The book builds slowly on each concept; object oriented programming and generic programming are reintroduced multiple times in different depths.

What I did not like:

1) No mention of threads, atomic instructions, memory model or anything remotely close to any of those. This was one of the biggest additions in C++, at the very least an honorary mention should have existed.

2) Template metaprogramming is only mentioned once. Yes, it is a difficult subject that few people pursue and even fewer master. But it is an integral part of C++ that will become more and more common in the future.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TS on October 1, 2012
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If you have some programming background and are trying to learn C++, are an intermediate developer, or even if you're an advanced developer - this book is highly recommended reading.

In my opinion, this book teaches C++ properly, it teaches you the building blocks and facilities of the language from the ground up so you get accustomed to strings, vectors and other important features of the C++ standard library. This is exactly what Bjorne Stroustroup, the creator of the language, suggests and I find it so much more useful than starting off by learning the C programming language first.

This book covers C++11 features in an in depth fashion. Prior to having this book, I had a hard time finding enough information about all the aspects of the new standard. I especially like the explanation on rvalue references and the new move semantics.

Parts 3 and 4 of the book were particularly useful. Part 3 delves into copy semantics, the new move semantics, and includes a great chapter on object oriented programming.

Part 4 is also a treat as it's focused on regular expressions, random numbers, formatted IO, tools for large programs such as exception handling, namespaces and more.

This is my personal C++ book recommendation, along with "The C++ Standard Library" which is also updated to include C++11 and "API Design for C++" .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Killeen on July 6, 2013
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If you're looking to learn c++ starting from scratch first start with some youtube tutorials, get to where they teach you about classes and become reasonably comfortable with the basic class operations also be comfortable with the stuff they teach before that. Once you've done that, you should be able to really appreciate a more logical and formalized explanation of all of the basic aspects of the language. I just got to part 3 and I feel like this book does a very good job filling in the gaps. But before I start a new chapter on something I didn't know, I usually consult a youtube tutorial just to get a basic idea of what the heck the thing actually does and the very basic operations, then I read the chapter for a thorough exposition. That's what I had to do for associative containers and dynamic memory, because I felt I couldn't appreciate the fine details without having first gotten my feet a little wet.

Overall an outstanding book.
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