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Essential C++

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Readers can pick up this book and become familiar with C++ in a short time. Stan has taken a very broad and complicated topic and reduced it to the essentials that budding C++ programmers need to know to write real programs. His case study is effective and provides a familiar thread throughout the book." --Steve Vinoski, IONA For the practicing programmer with little time ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 5th 1999 by Addison-Wesley Professional
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Ettore Pasquini
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I love terseness in programming books but this goes too far. It was my first C++ book, and it didn't really do a good job at explaining the language to a pretty senior programmer. The prose is convoluted and sometimes appears non-consequential: you kind of have to decipher its true meaning, which I think it's horrible for a tech book. On the other hand, it does expose you to the basics, and you know the writer is knowledgeable.
Charles
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brief, a bit dated, yet still useful reading

While it is a good primer on the C++ programming language and is still useful reading 15 years after publication, this book is too short to impart much information to anyone near the beginner level. It opens with the equivalent of a “Hello World!” program and goes through the basic operators, control constructs and file I/O by page 34.
The basics of functions, overloading, templates and pointers to functions takes you to page 67. Generic programming,
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