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A Tour of C++

The C++11 standard allows programmers to express ideas more clearly, simply, and directly, and to write faster, more efficient code. Bjarne Stroustrup, the designer and original implementer of C++, thoroughly covers the details of this language and its use in his definitive reference, The C++ Programming Language, Fourth Edition.

In A Tour of C++, Stroustrup excerpts the overview chapters from that complete reference, expanding and enhancing them to give an experienced programmer–in just a few hours–a clear idea of what constitutes modern C++. In this concise, self-contained guide, Stroustrup covers most major language features and the major standard-library components–not, of course, in great depth, but to a level that gives programmers a meaningful overview of the language, some key examples, and practical help in getting started.

Stroustrup presents the C++ features in the context of the programming styles they support, such as object-oriented and generic programming. His tour is remarkably comprehensive. Coverage begins with the basics, then ranges widely through more advanced topics, including many that are new in C++11, such as move semantics, uniform initialization, lambda expressions, improved containers, random numbers, and concurrency. The tour ends with a discussion of the design and evolution of C++ and the extensions added for C++11.

This guide does not aim to teach you how to program (see Stroustrup’s Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ for that); nor will it be the only resource you’ll need for C++ mastery (see Stroustrup’s The C++ Programming Language, Fourth Edition, for that). If, however, you are a C or C++ programmer wanting greater familiarity with the current C++ language, or a programmer versed in another language wishing to gain an accurate picture of the nature and benefits of modern C++, you can’t find a shorter or simpler introduction than this tour provides.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Basics
Chapter 2. User-Defined Types
Chapter 3. Modularity
Chapter 4. Classes
Chapter 5. Templates
Chapter 6. Library Overview
Chapter 7. Strings and Regular Expressions
Chapter 8. I/O Streams
Chapter 9. Containers
Chapter 10. Algorithms
Chapter 11. Utilities
Chapter 12. Numerics
Chapter 13. Concurrency
Chapter 14. History and Compatibility

Book Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (September 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321958314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321958310
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