- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 24, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 020170353X
- ISBN-13: 978-0201703535
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,062 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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Don't be deceived by the relatively small number of pages, there is a lot of dense prose in this book and it will take some time to read it all. Fortunately the authors have a good writing style and they explain every new feature very clearly.
I must admit this book has made me appreciate the power of "modern" C++ over the earlier pre-standard language. There is no doubt that C++ is an order of magnitude more complex than Java, but this book makes a good attempt at reducing the complexity and I think it succeeds. Once you finish it there is still a long path to tread, but I feel I can now read Stroustrup's book with a semblance of understanding!
Caveat - This is not a book to give to a complete novice who has never programmed before. For example, it does not explain how to compile programs, or even what compiling means. It does not give instructions for Visual C++, gcc, or any other vendor-specific compiler. It assumes you can use these tools or have another reference for them. IMHO this is the right attitude to take, because otherwise the book would contain a lot of fluff that is not relevant to teaching ISO C++.
One reviewer complained about having to check the lengthy errata on the website to work through some examples. The reviewer maybe doesn't realize that this is a GOOD thing. So many other books do not have errata on-line at all, or errata that are so scanty as to be almost useless. And those are books that need it much more than this one. The authors of this book clearly work very hard to keep the on-line errata up to date for the benefit of their readers.
The authors clearly go out of their way to write for the sake of their readers. They are teachers, and it shows in their writing. They want their readers to learn the material, and they want their readers to enjoy themselves. They want their readers to see the beauty of the material. They care about the quality of their book. This sounds like something that should be obviously true, but if you have read other computer books, you should know it usually is not.
Finally as to the material itself, this book is wonderful. I was a programmer in another language, reading this book for self improvement, and I just loved learning about the STL, which is just so much fun and so cool. :)
It is unlike many other programming books which spend hundred pages to explain some very simple ideas. This book explains unobvious ideas and get you up to speed in very short time. You will hardly find such books because most authors want to make the book as thick as possible to make more money. Most books target for a complete novice who wants to be a programmer from another field I think. Those authors may care more about the number of the books they sell than what the readers learn. The author of this book is a real teacher who wants you to learn something and he has a lot of experiences to show you. This book won't spend hundred of pages to show you how to define a variable, how to write a function or how to write a conditional statements.
However, you need some basic experience in programming to understand the book. Otherwise, it may be a little hard.
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