- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 24, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 020170353X
- ISBN-13: 978-0201703535
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 148 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example 1st Edition
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If you don't have a lot of time, but still want to learn the latest in C++, you don't have to learn C first. You might learn more by digging into current language features and classes from the very beginning. That's the approach that's offered by Accelerated C++, a text that delves into more advanced C++ features like templates and Standard Template Library (STL) collection classes early on. This book arguably can get a motivated beginning programmer into C++ more quickly than other available tutorials.
What separates this title from the rest of the pack is that it jumps right in with samples that take advantage of the Standard C++ of today--from streams to built-in container classes, such as vectors and linked lists. Early examples are more complex than in other books, but the thoroughness and relaxed pace of the explanations will bring the novice up to speed. (Although it ships at a slender 350 pages, Accelerated C++ is packed with samples, tips, and example problems; about 10 per chapter.)
After a tour of basic C++, the book looks at more advanced C++ features, such as templates, including built-in support for containers. Besides tapping the strength of Standard C++, you also will learn to design with your own templates. (Other tutorials would defer this material until later on.) The authors have tested the approach in the book in their own teaching, and honed a set of worthwhile examples that will help anyone get familiar with these powerful language features. All examples make use of the command line and console (without GUI programs), but the advantage is that this code should run on any of today's operating systems and compilers. Later sections cover the basics of class design, which include good coverage of operator overloading and inheritance.
With its innovative approach to teaching the language, Accelerated C++ will challenge readers in the right way. It suggests that you don't need to learn C to be productive in C++. Written in an approachable style, it deserves a close look from any C++ novice. --Richard Dragan
- Introduction to C++
- Console I/O with stream classes
- Basic string handling
- Loop and flow-control statements
- Using functions and methods
- Using Standard Template Library (STL) containers (vectors, linked lists, and maps)
- Sorting and generic functions
- Basic class design
- Pointers and arrays
- File I/O
- Memory-management techniques, including statically and dynamically allocated memory
- Adding stream support to custom classes
- Conversion operators
- Operator overloading
- Friend functions
- Polymorphism and virtual functions
- Handle idioms for classes, including reference counting
- Quick reference to the C++ language
From the Back Cover
This is a first-rate introductory book that takes a practical approach to solving problems using C++. It covers a much wider scope of C++ programming than other introductory books I've seen, and in a surprisingly compact format.--Dag Brück, founding member of the ANSI/ISO C++ committee
The authors present a clear, cogent introduction to C++ programming in a way that gets the student writing nontrivial programs immediately.--Stephen Clamage, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and chair of the ANSI C++ committee
Anyone reading just this one book and working through the examples and exercises will have the same skills as many professional programmers.--Jeffrey D. Oldham, Stanford University
Why is Accelerated C++ so effective? Because it
- Starts with the most useful concepts rather than the most primitive ones: You can begin writing programs immediately.
- Describes real problems and solutions, not just language features: You see not only what each feature is, but also how to use it.
- Covers the language and standard library together: You can use the library right from the start.
Whether you are eager to get started writing your first C++ programs, or you are already using C++ and seeking deeper understanding, the authors' unique approach and expertise make Accelerated C++ an indispensable addition to your library.
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This is an especially great way for people who already know how to program, but want to learn C++ in particular. I come from a Perl and Python background, but want to get into the systems programming world. There is minimal belaboring of simple concepts like variables and loops, and instead the focus is on building useful abstractions and applying them to reasonable real world problems. Each chapter has some exercises at the end which cement and then extend what you learn in that chapter, but they manage not to end up feeling like college CS homework and not chew up more time than feels reasonable considering what you're trying to accomplish with the book.
I should point out that I have prior experience with C++ and I would not recommend this book as an independent study as an introduction to programming or to people who have not heard of or used C or C++. I think these candidates would have a better served by another book. However, if you have at least written 60+ programs ranging from simple user input to a library independent linked list implementation with primitives (basic data types), then I highly recommend this book.
The book brings together different parts of C++ and leverages the standard library from the beginning and therefore encourages good programming practices. For example, when building small input programs you can get away with using int data type to store the length of a string. However, one should use the string size_type data type to store the size of a string as an int is limited by a 32bit number. The book reinforces these ideas and presents them in a clear concise manner leaving them ingrained for your future programming efforts. Additionally there is some light shown on algorithms and why certain data types support certain operations faster than other data types. The book is a great place to start if you are looking to produce production quality code.
All in all there is much to learn from this book provided you read each chapter and complete all the exercises.
To really absorb the information presented in each chapter it was important to do all the exercises. Some of those exercises could be stated a bit more clearly. My process was to give it my best shot, then check against the author's Github submissions.
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