A Tour of C++ (C++ In-Depth Series)

A Tour of C++ (C++ In-Depth Series)
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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.

About the Author

Bjarne Stroustrup is a Managing Director in the Technology Division of Morgan Stanley in New York, a visiting professor in computer science at Columbia University, and the original developer of the programming language C++. Bjarne authored "The C++ Programming Language," which has been translated into 19 languages and is one of the most widely read books of its kind. Bjarne has received numerous honors including fellowships from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and was elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In 2013, he was elected to the Electronic Design Hall of Fame, and in 2017, he was selected to receive the Faraday Medal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Bjarne is also a distinguished research professor in computer science at Texas A&M University. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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