- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (January 11, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201514591
- ISBN-13: 978-0201514599
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Annotated C++ Reference Manual
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This book provides a complete language reference for the expert C++ user. It consists of the C++ reference manual plus annotations and commentary sections.
The C++ reference manual alone provides a complete definition of C++, but the terse reference manual style leaves many reasonable questions unanswered. Discussions of what is not in the language, why certain features are defined as they are, and how one might implement some particular feature have no place in a reference manual but are nevertheless of interest to most users. Such discussions are presented as annotations and in the commentary sections.
The commentary also helps the reader appreciate the relationships among different parts of the language and emphasizes points and implications that might have been overlooked in the reference manual itself. Examples and comparisons with C also make this book more approachable than the bare reference manual.
This book does not provide information about standard libraries beyond discussion of the library functions providing the most basic run-time support nor does it discuss C++ programming styles or techniques. Furthermore, this book does not attempt to teach C++ programming; it explains what the language is--not how to use it.
The index and the cross references embedded in the commentary and in the reference manual itself are important and integral parts of the book.
We hope that this reference manual will provide a firm base for further evolution of C++. It has been chosen by ANSI to serve as a starting point for the formal standardization of C++.
Margaret A. Ellis
Murray Hill, New Jersey 0201514591P04062001
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This book provides a complete reference for the C++ programming language. It consists of the C++ reference manual, approved as the base document for ANSI standardization of the language, plus annotations and commentary.
The annotations and commentary discuss what is not included in the language, why certain features are defined as they are, and how one might implement particular features. The commentaries also help the reader to understand the relationships between parts of the language. Comparisons with C and examples explain the more subtle points of the language.
Sixteen chapters cover the latest version of C++ including multiple inheritance, abstract classes, templates, exception handling, and more. A final chapter describes resolutions by the ANSI/ISO committee including new features such as run-time type information and namespaces. Appendices summarize the grammar and evolution of the language, and explain in detail the differences between C and C++.
The Annotated C++ Reference Manual will appeal to language implementors and expert C++ programmers.
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Note: That's not the first book on C++ you should get either, if you are just learning, it is however one you should own if you are going to profressionally write C++.
On why there isn't a second edition of the ARM, has in part due to the restrictions for republishing the ISO standard. And its also 2003 and now the language looks like it will continue to evolve and thus a second ed. ARM would be soon out of date as well. Maybe we'll be lucky and there will be one for C++2005.
I'd recommend any of the other Stroustrup books. "The C++ Programming Language," (3rd edition) is the closest thing to a bible for the language. (Don't buy the 1st or 2nd edition--they're also outdated. If you want a hard-covered reference, the "Special Edition" is a hardcovered 3rd edition.) I'd recommend "The Design and Evolution of C++," which is slightly outdated but both imformative and instructional to experienced C++ programmers.
It's a work of pure technical consideration. This IS C++ in its purest form. It's the language definition. There is everything that anyone will ever want to know about the syntactical nature of ANSI C++. It is also dispersed with very good commentaries after each definition.
Those who have reached the insane realm of grammatical and syntactical perfection will be pleased that the grammar is summarized at the end of the book and parts of it are given where appropriate in the chapters.
-- This is THEE book on C++.
-- Concise examples placed where needed.
-- No spoon feeding to the readers.
-- No long pieces of code.
-- No fluff.
-- No mush.
-- No kidding.