- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (May 22, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321334876
- ISBN-13: 978-0321334879
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Every C++ professional needs a copy of "Effective C++." It is an absolute must-read for anyone thinking of doing serious C++ development. If you've never read "Effective C++" and you think you know everything about C++, think again."
- Steve Schirripa, Software Engineer, Google "C++ and the C++ community have grown up in the last fifteen years, and the third edition of "Effective C++" reflects this. The clear and precise style of the book is evidence of Scott's deep insight and distinctive ability to impart knowledge."
- Gerhard Kreuzer, Research and Development Engineer, Siemens AG The first two editions of "Effective C++" were embraced by hundreds of thousands of programmers worldwide. The reason is clear: Scott Meyers' practical approach to C++ describes the rules of thumb used by the experts - the things they almost always do or almost always avoid doing - to produce clear, correct, efficient code. The book is organized around 55 specific guidelines, each of which describes a way to write better C++. Each is backed by concrete examples. For this third edition, more than half the content is new, including added chapters on managing resources and using templates. Topics from the second edition have been extensively revised to reflect modern design considerations, including exceptions, design patterns, and multithreading. Important features of "Effective C++" include:
- Expert guidance on the design of effective classes, functions, templates, and inheritance hierarchies.
- Applications of new "TR1" standard library functionality, along with comparisons to existing standard library components.
- Insights into differences between C++ and other languages (e.g., Java, C#, ethat help developers from those languages assimilate "the C++ way" of doing things.
About the Author
Scott Meyers is one of the world's foremost authorities on C++, providing training and consulting services to clients worldwide. He is the author of the best-selling Effective C++ series of books (Effective C++, More Effective C++, and Effective STL) and of the innovative Effective C++ CD. He is consulting editor for Addison Wesley's Effective Software Development Series and is a founding member of the Advisory Board for The C++ Source (http://www.artima.com/cppsource). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. His web site is http://www.aristeia.com.
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First, I recommend starting with some FREE books you can find on the Internet - called "Thinking in C++" by Bruce Eckel. There are 2 volumes and I recommend both. You can buy the print versions but I used the electronic versions.
I then read this book - Effective C++. Of course there is some repetition, but I like it as it helps 'drive stuff into my head'.
The next book I'll read is Effective STL: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Use of the Standard Template Library.
I bought Effective C++ Third Edition in May 2013 from Amazon as the seller, and received the thirteenth printing (March 2013)
While some of this stuff seems dated in 2013, I think 98% of it is still quite relevant, though I do wish they would keep the books a bit more updated (no more than 4 or 5 years old).
I do plan on looking into a book on C++11 in the near future.
Bottom line for this book is that I found it well worth the price. It's much easier and cheaper to learn the stuff in this book by reading it instead of having to 'learn it the hard way'.
C/C++ to me is about your progression in learning the language. Most people start out small begin learning and slow progress to much larger programs. As you make your way to these larger programs you run into some fundamental logic flaws (or design flaws). This book helps shed some very useful and en lighting information on these flaws. Be it you think it's a language flaw or design flaw in your programming. This book will give you some very useful tools to be used medium to large scale c++ programs. It is a most definitely on my recommendation of books to read for a C++ programmer.
Of course, this book contains much more than just smart pointers and RAII. It is dense with "oh snap!" and "twist!" moments, when some lesser-known or edge case C++ behavior is revealed. It also introduces you to various other relatively new features of C++ that are already available to you through Boost. The majority of the book is directly applicable to everyday C++ development, with a few sections devoted to topics which you can skip/skim if you do not immediately need them.
Sections you can safely skip:
1) Parts of Chapter 7: Templates and Generic Programming, especially the sections on traits and template metaprogramming.
2) Chapter 8: Customizing new and delete.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, and use it to quickly become an expert, or at least advanced, C++ developer. My last warning to you is that the companion book, More Effective C++: 35 New Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs, is 9 years older than this book, and as such is not nearly as relevant. Some of the content, for example that related to compiler implementations and performance of various C++ constructs, should probably be viewed with suspicion.