- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780321113580
- ISBN-13: 978-0321113580
- ASIN: 0321113586
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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C++ Coding Standards: 101 Rules, Guidelines, and Best Practices 1st Edition
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Consistent, high-quality coding standards improve software quality, reduce time-to-market, promote teamwork, eliminate time wasted on inconsequential matters, and simplify maintenance. Now, two of the world's most respected C++ experts distill the rich collective experience of the global C++ community into a set of coding standards that every developer and development team can understand and use as a basis for their own coding standards.
The authors cover virtually every facet of C++ programming: design and coding style, functions, operators, class design, inheritance, construction/destruction, copying, assignment, namespaces, modules, templates, genericity, exceptions, STL containers and algorithms, and more. Each standard is described concisely, with practical examples. From type definition to error handling, this book presents C++ best practices, including some that have only recently been identified and standardized-techniques you may not know even if you've used C++ for years. Along the way, you'll find answers to questions like What's worth standardizing--and what isn't? What are the best ways to code for scalability?What are the elements of a rational error handling policy? How (and why) do you avoid unnecessary initialization, cyclic, and definitional dependencies?When (and how) should you use static and dynamic polymorphism together?How do you practice "safe" overriding?When should you provide a no-fail swap? Why and how should you prevent exceptions from propagating across module boundaries?Why shouldn't you write namespace declarations or directives in a header file?Why should you use STL vector and string instead of arrays?How do you choose the right STL search or sort algorithm?What rules should you follow to ensure type-safe code?
Whether you're working alone or with others, "C++ Coding Standards" will help you write cleaner code--and write it faster, with fewer hassles and less frustration.
About the Author
Herb Sutter is the author of three highly acclaimed books, Exceptional C++ Style, Exceptional C++, and More Exceptional C++ (Addison-Wesley). He chairs the ISO C++ standards committee, and is contributing editor and columnist for C/C++ Users Journal. As a software architect for Microsoft, Sutter leads the design of C++ language extensions for .NET programming.
Andrei Alexandrescu is the author of the award-winning book Modern C++ Design (Addison-Wesley, 2001) and is a columnist for C/C++ Users Journal.
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101 rules, mostly described in one or 2 pages make it a good reading before fall asleep, a good reminder of best practices that should not be forgotten. In these times, where code reviews are part of our daily activity, being aligned and focused makes the job more easy.
For novice it's for sure a good set of best-practices to be learned. For intermediate-expert it provides a clean and well focused reasoning on every single rule, good for tutoring and nice nuts of knowledge.
A must have.
I must say I'm a bit dissapointed. Not because this isn't a good book, which it is, but because it's not as good as the previous ones. It seems like the author didn't expect the readers from learn that much from the Exceptional C++ series... so he explains things that seem obvious if you read those book.
One example: "Don't memcpy or memcmp non-PODs". Who would ever do such as thing other than a newbie?
Anyway, if you are wondering whether or not you should buy this book: If you completed the previous ones (and made all the exercises), just don't. Not because is not good, but because you don't need it.
If you are fluent in C++ but by no means a guru yet, go for the book. Make an effort to revise a bit of your own code following its advice. You are likely to be surprised with the results.
The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that now and then the language is just too clunky. In particular, I had to read "...the name lookup for that operator function might reach out into the name space...Whether it reaches out into N..." a few times before I understood that "reaching out into" is meant to be a synonym for "reach into".
On the whole, however, the book is quite readable, and the code examples hit the sweet spot of demonstrating the topic of discussion without being overly long.
I've learned a lot from this book, and it's a fantastic resource for C++ developers of all skill levels. Highly recommended!