- Paperback: 912 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 4 edition (February 24, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201721481
- ISBN-13: 978-0201721485
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
"C++ Primer is well known as one of the best books for learning C++ and is useful for C++ programmers of all skill levels. This Fourth Edition not only keeps this tradition alive, it actually improves on it."
--Steve Vinoski, Chief Engineer, Product Innovation, IONA Technologies
"The Primer really brings this large and complex language down to size."
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"[It] not only gets novices up and running early, but gets them to do so using good programming practices."
--Nevin ":-)" Liber, Senior Principal Engineer (C++ developer since 1988)
This popular tutorial introduction to standard C++ has been completely updated, reorganized, and rewritten to help programmers learn the language faster and use it in a more modern, effective way.
Just as C++ has evolved since the last edition, so has the authors' approach to teaching it. They now introduce the C++ standard library from the beginning, giving readers the means to write useful programs without first having to master every language detail. Highlighting today's best practices, they show how to write programs that are safe, can be built quickly, and yet offer outstanding performance. Examples that take advantage of the library, and explain the features of C++, also show how to make the best use of the language. As in its previous editions, the book's authoritative discussion of fundamental C++ concepts and techniques makes it a valuable resource even for more experienced programmers.Program Faster and More Effectively with This Rewritten Classic
- Restructured for quicker learning, using the C++ standard library
- Updated to teach the most current programming styles and program design techniques
- Filled with new learning aids that emphasize important points, warn about common pitfalls, suggest good programming practices, and provide general usage tips
- Complete with exercises that reinforce skills learned
- Authoritative and comprehensive in its coverage
About the Author
Stanley B. Lippman is Architect with the Visual C++ development team at Microsoft. Previously, he served as a Distinguished Consultant at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL). Stan spent more than twelve years at Bell Laboratories, where he worked with Bjarne Stroustrup on the original C++ implementation and the Foundation research project. After Bell Laboratories, Stan worked at Disney Feature Animation, originally as principal software engineer, then as software technical director on Fantasia 2000.
Josée Lajoie is a staff development analyst in the IBM Canada Laboratory C/C++ Compiler group, and is currently the chair of the core language working group for the ANSI/ISO C++ Standard Committee. In addition, she is a regular columnist on the evolution of the C++ Language Standard for the C++ Report..
Barbara E. Moo is an independent consultant with 20 years' experience in the software field. During her nearly 15 years at AT&T, she worked on one of the first commercial products ever written in C++, managed the company's first C++ compiler project, and directed the development of AT&T's award-winning WorldNet Internet service business.
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As a tip to any beginners, read through the book lightly for the first time. What I mean is that don't attempt to understand everything right away and don't focus too much on the details. Make a note of the areas you had difficulty understanding, do a slight research to see if you can grasp it right away, but don't focus on that too much. You'll be surprised how much of the earlier information will become clear and a second nature to you as you progress further. Once you're done with your first read-through, go back and see if you still don't understand any of the areas you've marked down. I'm sure that you'll be able to eliminate many of them. At this point, focus heavily on the areas you still have difficulty with. Of course, results will vary and not everyone learns the same way, but this has worked out very well for me. That's how I study for everything. I read through any material very lightly the firs time around, to get the general feeling and find the areas I'll be focusing on, and then go back to focus on those details. This strategy helped me maintain 4.0 in Computer Science, so the results are real (but once again, it may vary by person).
About a year ago, I had to upgrade to C++11/14 and due to constraints on my time, started reading selected portions of this highly readable book. During the process, I immediately noticed the crisp, precision and accuracy of the writing and eventually over next seven or so months, ended up reading it completely!
For one example, you could see how they explain, towards the end of the book, the C++ memory allocation options. Many years ago, another (admittedly otherwise good) book tried to explain the nuances of "new expression", "placement new" and the "operator new library function" in a supposedly funny yet readable way but ended up completely confusing most readers. Even recently, I have run into people who were misguided by that book in their understanding of C++ memory management! In the current book, the authors took less than three pages to lay out the whole story clear and complete. This is but one example.
The best parts of the book are its coverage and writing style: comprehensive, accurate and readable. Good technical editing and extensive proof reading are evident. It does not seem like there are many typos left in the ~900 pages thick book (and hopefully there would be five less of them in the next edition - if they take in my corrections). The expertise of the authors is consistently conspicuous throughout. Using this book for day-to-day C++ programming brings back the sense of security one experienced using Harbison and Steele's "C A Reference Manual" with C programming.
During the prime days of C, there were three essential books: "Kernighan & Ritchie", "C A Reference Manual" and "C Traps and Pitfalls". The current book is like the modern C++ reincarnation of all those three and more.
From the layout of the pages, it is apparent that the authors and publishers have struggled with the size of the book: they seem to have gone to the extremes to save space!