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C++ Solutions: Companion to the C++ Programming Language (3rd Edition) Paperback – August, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman; 3rd edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201309653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201309652
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A very interesting book with good quality solutions and associated discussion. If you use the C++Primer or have it as a set text for a programming course, this book is well worth having as a supporting text. Highly recommended!" -- Association of C & C++ Users

From the Back Cover

Developers acquire a thorough understanding of ANSI/ISO C++ by working through examples. Vandevoorde solves a broad subset of illustrative and realistic exercises to facilitate this process. He also includes hints to help programmers find their own solutions, and additional exercises to provide deeper insights into modern software design.

Highlights


* In-depth coverage of C++ language concepts, syntax, and features for each chapter
* Numerous detailed examples that build intuition about performance issues
* Adherence to the final ANSI/ISO C++ specifications
* Sample code and programs available on-line
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Vandervoorde is one of the emerging experts on C++. In this book he guides you through many of the exercises in "The C++ Programming Language". As he does so he fills in many of the gaps, and provides extra insight that you might not gleam just from reading the original book, but what he really does is let you stand by his shoulder as he works out some of the problems.
As a bonus he even asks his own questions. These are to get you thinking instead of just observing. Like Stroustrup he realizes that we learn by both thinking deeply about things and having an excellent guide. However, it's up to you to talk the extra step. No one can hold your hand for the entire time.
Those looking for every answer may be dissappointed. However, they are missing the point, and no doubt will probably never master the language. What this book does is give you a glimpse into how a expert would solve some of the problems. You get to compare how you would go about it. For the beginning to intermediate programmer there is no better way to learn.
(However, even the advanced programmer can learn a thing or two with this book.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Melton on February 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
The canonical reference to C++ is "The C++ Programming Language" by Stroustrup. If you are learning C++ on your own, the book "C++ Solutions" is a great help in gaining insight into many of the exercises Stroustrup suggests.
Updated source code can be download from the author's website. Which is good, because there are some errors in the book source.
Also, on some Exercises, the author assumes knowledge that has not yet been introduced in the Stroustrup book. So, there is a little jumping around.
The writing is clear and explanations are good.
Minor faults aside, this is a VERY helpful book for newbies to C++, and I would recommend it to anyone learning C++ on thier own.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 20thCenturyBoy on November 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
To all those that complain that this book doesn't answer all the questions in Stroustrup's book, the hint is in the phrase "C++ Solutions, provides insightful, logical, and easy-to-follow solutions to selected exercises found in The C++ Programming Language". See the word "selected"? Bit of a give away isn't it?!

Nevertheless, there is enough goodness in this book to justify it's existence, so if you have Stroustrup's book then this is well worth looking at.
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13 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "doer" on February 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
First of all, C++ is a very difficult language to learn, and even moreso to master. It requires years of constant practice and learning to reach near the mountain top, and Stroustrup's book, "The C++ Programming Language" is among the most difficult to read and understand (ESPECIALLY for those just starting out).
After reading and using other authors' books that were kinder and gentler in helping me understand the language, from time to time I would refer back to Stroustrup's book to see how much of it I could grasp. Therefore, when this book "C++ Solutions: Companion to the C++ Programming Language (3rd Edition)" came out, I snatched it up within a heart beat, seeing how it presented itself as an answer book to the questions in Stroustrup's work. "At last," I thought, "an answer book to one of the most difficult books on the language."
BULL!!
It wasn't until I got home and really began going through this "so called" answer book, that I discovered a LOT of the questions Stroustrup asked in his book, WERE NOT ANSWERED AT ALL in this book. To be more precise, about HALF the questions (and sometimes less) in Stroustrup's book went UNANSWERED in this author's book, and to make matters worst, it was the more difficult half that were NOT answered.
Many times the author would simply give "Hints" as his answers, and nothing more, and even with that, it would amount to less than half the number of questions Stroustrup may have asked. Take 'Chapter 10' as an example, Stroustrup gave 20 questions there to be answered; the author answered just 8. What kind of help is that? What kind of help can someone expect to receive from such a book, especially one that advertised itself as an answer book?
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I liked this book cause it does not go into a lot of details.It just give you a quivk review of what you need to know at moment. I think, this book is great for reference and should be kept on desk.
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