- Series: Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (September 2, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201924889
- ISBN-13: 978-0201924886
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series) 2nd Edition
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This exceptionally useful text offers Scott Myers's expertise in C++ class design and programming tips. The second edition incorporates recent advances to C++ included in the ISO standard, including namespaces and built-in template classes, and is required reading for any working C++ developer.
The book opens with some hints for porting code from C to C++ and then moves on to the proper use of the new and delete operators in C++ for more robust memory management. The text then proceeds to class design, including the proper use of constructors, destructors, and overloaded operator functions for assignment within classes. (These guidelines ensure that you will create custom C++ classes that are fully functional data types, which can be copied and assigned just like built-in C++ classes.)
The author also provides a handful of suggestions for general class design, including strategies for using different types of inheritance and encapsulation. Never doctrinaire and always intelligent, these guidelines can make your C++ classes more robust and easier to maintain. --Richard Dragan
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Effective C++ CD is the HTML (Netscape-oriented) version of Scott Meyers' previous two works, Effective C++, Second Edition and More Effective C++. Additionally, five supplementary magazine articles appear in the collection. There are also links to relevant material on the Web which that been added to the current edition and which did not appear in the print edition.
Scott Meyers' work is so well known as scarcely to need introduction. Respect for his C++ acumen and pedagogic skills is so widespread that I was prepared to thoroughly detest his work, which I have encountered often but barely deigned to read to date.
On close examination, I find Meyers' books to be superb.
Of the 50 catechismic "Items" in the body of Effective C++, the vast majority are of critical importance to solid C++ programming. Virtually everything Scott Meyers suggests on these subjects is germane and practical. Where one could conceivably differ with Meyers' approach, his is nevertheless an entirely sound approach.
The second volume, More Effective C++, is cast in the same mold as the first volume. Here the discussion of 35 further "Items" tends to devolve somewhat towards matters of style. However, these are still critical issues being raised that the intermediate C++ programmer must confront sooner or later, athey are shipped too early. They fail because they arenthey are shipped too early. They fail because they arens presented in Meyers' rich and sympathetic tutorial prose. --Jack Woehr, Dr. Dobb's Journal -- Dr. Dobb's Journal
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Scott's easy-going writing style makes the explanations easy to read and digest. Unlike other books I've read, Scott provides detailed explanations allowing you to really understand the topic at hand. The 50 items are self-contained chunks of information, each thoroughly covering a specific topic.
C++ developers working for me are required to read this book (and Scott's companion, "More Effective C++") before I let them write a line of production code.
Many C++ books span 500 pages or more. Granted, there are many tutorial books that need to cover the basics, and then (hundreds of pages later) cover subjects for a non-neophyte. This book is reasonably short (about 225 pages), but full of ideas for the intermediate programmer.
This is one of the few technical books you can read from cover to cover. Many are good for references, but aren't accessible. This is both.
While _Effective C++_ is an important and fundamental part of any C++ programmer's library, truly advanced C++ engineers are likely familiar with most or all of the techniques presented here (dynamic allocation, constructors, basic coding style, etc.). Scott Meyers' second book, _More Effective C++_, covers significantly more advanced techniques which the experienced programmer may not have encountered in everyday code and which may be more instructive. It is only in deference to that book that I have given this one 4 (or, if I could, 4.9) stars.
I agree with the opinion of lots of people who already posted their reviews here that this book is an essential read for profesional C++ programmers. If a professional does not do things more or less in the fashion described in the book, he/she isn't doing them right. With increasing experience over the years, a professional would naturally approach the right ways, but the book collects distilled wisdom in one place and would accelarate one's accetance and practice of them. Still I believe there are professionals who have not read the book, which is a shame to themselves and bad for the reputation of software products.
Another point I want to make is that the book deserves multiple readings. In other words, it's not a book you read once and then throw away (or sell here :-), which is indeed the case for more than 99.999% of the books ever published. It makes a perfect companion as one develops his/her career engineering software systems/applications in C++ & its associated libraries/tools.
One thing I noticed when reading it is that the items about memory management appear near the beginning of the book. Compared to most other items later on, they are less quick to understand. So you may want keep that in mind so as not to be discouraged. I believe you may read the 50 items in the book in a random order.
To adequately appreciate the book, it's likely necessary for one to have at least read a couple of C++ books (such as Accelarated C++ by Koenig & Moo and C++ Primer by Lippman) and at least a few months of experience on a job coding in C++.
All in all, this book is strongly recommended and a must read for professionals.
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