In this brand-new third edition of The C++ Programming Language, author Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, presents the full specification for the C++ language and standard library, a spec that will soon become the joint ISO/ANSI C++ standard. Past readers will find that the new edition has changed a great deal and grown considerably to encompass new language features, particularly run-time type identification, namespaces, and the standard library. At the same time, readers will recognize the lucid style and sensible advice that made previous editions so readable and enjoyable. Probably the biggest change is a substantial new section, well over 200 pages in length, covering the contents and design of the C++ standard library, the most important new feature of the C++ specification.
The author has also added a substantial number of new exercises while keeping many from previous editions that have retained their value. While The C++ Programming Language is not a C++ tutorial, strictly speaking, anyone learning the language, especially those coming from C, will greatly benefit from the clear presentation of all its elements. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this book for anyone who is serious about using C++.
Review by Douglas Welzel (Seattle, WA)
I guess one wouldn’t expect anything less from the designer of the language than a book that goes into extreme detail. This book is a valuable reference for those who really want to know the details of C++. It starts with the basics of the language and moves into higher level constructions, such as the STL. Through the book, Stroustrup is clear to describe exactly how the language behaves and what parts of C++ are implementation specific details. There are even bits of humor hidden in all of those pages.As other reviews have mentioned, this is not a good book for beginners. In fact, I don’t think it is a good book for an experience programmer starting out with C++. If you are in either of those categories I recommend looking for something simpler. If you start out with this book you’ll find yourself lost in the details. However, for those that are experienced programmers and know the fundmentals of C++, this book will serve as a valuable reference.