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Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example (C++ in Depth Series) [Paperback]

Andrew Koenig , Barbara E. Moo
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14 Aug 2000 020170353X 978-0201703535 1

Want to learn how to program in C++ immediately? Want to start writing better, more powerful C++ programs today? Accelerated C++'s uniquely modern approach will help you learn faster and more fluently than you ever believed possible. Based on the authors' intensive summer C++ courses at Stanford University, Accelerated C++ covers virtually every concept that most professional C++ programmers will ever use -- but it turns the "traditional" C++ curriculum upside down, starting with the high-level C++ data structures and algorithms that let you write robust programs immediately. Once you're getting results, Accelerated C++ takes you "under the hood," introducing complex language features such as memory management in context, and explaining exactly how and when to use them. From start to finish, the book concentrates on solving problems, rather than learning language and library features for their own sake. The result: You'll be writing real-world programs in no time -- and outstanding code faster than you ever imagined.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (14 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020170353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201703535
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you don't have a lot of time, but you still want to learn the latest in C++, you don't have to learn C first. You might learn more by digging into existing language features and classes from the very beginning. That's the approach offered by Accelerated C++, a text that delves into more advanced C++ features like templates and Standard Template Library (STL) collection classes early on. This book can arguably get a motivated beginning programmer into C++ more quickly than other available tutorials.

What separates this title from the rest of the pack is that it jumps right in with samples that take advantage of today's Standard C++, from streams to built-in container classes such as vectors and linked lists. Early examples are more complex than in other books, but the thoroughness and relaxed pace of the explanations will bring the novice up to speed. (Though it ships at a slender 350 pages, Accelerated C++ is packed with samples, tips and example problems--about 10 per chapter.)

After a tour of basic C++, the book looks at more advanced C++ features such as templates, including built-in support for containers. Besides tapping the strength of Standard C++, you will also learn to design with your own templates. (Other tutorials would defer this material until later on.) The authors have tested the approach in the book in their own teaching and have honed a set of worthwhile examples that will help anyone get familiar with these powerful language features. All examples make use of the command line and console (without GUI programs), but the advantage is that this code should run on any of today's operating systems and compilers. Later sections cover the basics of class design, including good coverage of operator overloading and inheritance.

With its innovative approach to teaching the language, Accelerated C++ will challenge readers in the right way. It suggests you don't need to learn C to be productive in C++. Written in an approachable style, it deserves a close look from any C++ novice. --Richard Dragan

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This is a first-rate introductory book that takes a practical approach to solving problems using C++. It covers a much wider scope of C++ programming than other introductory books I've seen, and in a surprisingly compact format.

--Dag Brück, founding member of the ANSI/ISO C++ committee

The authors present a clear, cogent introduction to C++ programming in a way that gets the student writing nontrivial programs immediately.

--Stephen Clamage, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and chair of the ANSI C++ committee

Anyone reading just this one book and working through the examples and exercises will have the same skills as many professional programmers.

--Jeffrey D. Oldham, Stanford University

Why is Accelerated C++ so effective? Because it

  • Starts with the most useful concepts rather than the most primitive ones: You can begin writing programs immediately.
  • Describes real problems and solutions, not just language features: You see not only what each feature is, but also how to use it.
  • Covers the language and standard library together: You can use the library right from the start.
The authors proved this approach in their professional-education course at Stanford University, where students learned how to write substantial programs on their first day in the classroom.

Whether you are eager to get started writing your first C++ programs, or you are already using C++ and seeking deeper understanding, the authors' unique approach and expertise make Accelerated C++ an indispensable addition to your library.


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daunted beginner, now not so daunted 9 Aug 2003
Before reading Accelerated C++, I had only a limited knowledge of programming, and knew nothing of C or C++. I tried a few other beginner books first, but found that they introduced new concepts without explaining them properly. The best thing about this book is that first come the examples, then the explanations. You're not inundated with technical details of a new concept, until after you're shown how it can be used in a practical way.
I've seen other books that try to teach you C++ from the ground up, not giving useful advice until they've bored you with pointers and memory management and so on. Let me say, the way these folks do it (high-level library functions first, primitive data structures later, then OO at the end) is surely the way to go. What's more, this book gets you in the habit of elegant, modular programming, although its main focus is on problem-solving, not style.
Not a chunky read, as programming books go, but every page is worth its weight in gold. The small size of the book (300-odd pages) reflects what I noticed throughout: an emphasis on quality, not quantity.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A C++ book that keeps on giving 9 Dec 2006
This is a tutorial book on C++, but it goes well beyond the basics. In fact, I'm pretty sure it covers pretty much every major language feature and implementation detail you need for robust C++ coding. As such, it merits re-reading as your understanding of C++ grows, and I say that as someone who rarely re-reads computer books. Don't worry - it packs all the important bits of C++ in under 300 pages. And allow yourself a smug pat on the back when you're confident about everything that's written here.

C++ books historically assume the reader is migrating to C++ from C, and adopt a 'ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny' style approach, introducing low level details from C, before the more advanced features. This has the effect of swamping a beginner with unnecessary complications, when in fact the abstractions of modern C++ hide memory managment and pointer issues entirely. The authors of Accelerated C++ have recognised this and introduce the likes of strings and vectors very early, so their examples actually do something practical. They use an extended example of keeping track of student homework records for many of these early chapters, and the skill with which they are able to slowly introduce new features as they extend the scope of the code is very impressive.

As a result, someone with experience of procedural programming can probably get through the first six chapters, which is just under the half the book. By which time, they've been introduced to the standard library's string class, plus various containers and algorithms. All this and not a mention of a pointer or a malloc.

After this point, however, the discussion becomes a little less hands-on, and focuses on defining your own types.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 25 July 2001
I have a collection of C++ books, and none like THIS one. I bought it following the controversy it caused by its new approach to C++. While I believe that it might be ,at first, a bit steep for new learners, I think it is THE books to start with. You will get aquainted with essential skills in C++ (mainly the use of the highly portable STL)and quickly start writing effective, bullet proof programs. I will be buying all the books in the series including Modern C++ design and Strourstrup's manual...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin. 28 Jan 2007
An excellent book. Explains an obtuse and arcane language brilliantly. Understand the book and you will understand C++. It is not a reference book. It is not a boring rehash of basic general programming concepts and syntax. It is an exploration by example of C++ concepts as they apply to program development. Examples are easy to understand but build surely and incrementally on one another. Enlightenment sneaks up the reader.

Very very few books on C++ will give offer as attractive a effort / reward ratio as this offering. Buy the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to C++ 2 Jun 2005
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A good introduction to C++ for anyone who's got prior programming experience and wants to get quickly into modern C++.
Takes you straight into useful stuff like lists, vectors and strings. The only trouble is that when you've finished the book, you feel you want a reference to what you've just read, but the information you want is somewhat scattered through the book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This excellent book, go right into programming, giving you an appropriate examples. It is defenitely recomended for anyone, especially for beginners who want to be able writing programs from very beggining. Authors teach us C++ by presenting programming problems to be solved used the library right from the start, concentrated on writing useful programs. Explainations of the C++ features are in willing to support the programs, rather than using them as an excuse to demonstrate the features. This book is a nice approach to the new methods of explaining programming language and it is really way to ACCELERATE of learning C++ (without frustration how to write my first program). Once again... warmly recomended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - One of the better I've read! 22 Jan 2007
I found this book clear and practical to follow as new student to programming, it certainly got me thinking about the why rather than the how. I enjoyed the writing style and the fact its a very concise, but effective 350 pages.

However it was not an easy ride and I had to revisit each chapter a few times and use other resources. I also think it's a book you need to follow in detail and in order to really "get it"!

Overall a really worthwhile book, that I wish I brought at the beginning of my course and one I intend to keep. It worked for me, as I feel I gain a goof insight into C++, but as always in a question of learning style, needs and previous background!

Probably deserved 5 stars, but I'm not either that knowledgeable or educated!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help
I had to study C++ last semester and this book was a reference book if I just wanted to review parts of the C++ language!!
Published 1 month ago by Alan Stewart
2.0 out of 5 stars Not clear who's the target
I consider myself as a pretty experienced programmer in Perl, Java and R, and I need to learn C++. I bought this book, expecting something like a "C++ for programmers in an other... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robin Xavier
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book...
.. If you like modifying the same extremely boring code example chapter after chapter with no end in sight. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners
I bought this for my brother to learn C++ after he had watched several YouTube videos on the language. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Omran Abdul-Hussein
1.0 out of 5 stars Good within certain limits
Amongst other things I'm a professional trainer, and I've been teaching technical subjects on and off for the last 24 years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, C++ is really a complex language
I've been programming forever (10 yrs. professionally, 5 yrs. studying, a few more as a kid) and while I'm an acceptable C coder, I've never known any real C++. Read more
Published 14 months ago by koalillo
3.0 out of 5 stars Accelerated c++
It is a good book for an elite programmer in my case it worked but I had always to contact somebody to take me through the basics then get on with the task
Published 16 months ago by Steve Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced intro to CPP for existing programmers
This book is well written, reasonably comprehensive and is very fast-paced. It's approach is to get the reader coding immediately and introduce principles through refinement of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Its an excellent book to start with in order to learn C++ especially when you come from another OO language such as Java
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by G. Vagenas
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid but Slow
This book is great. If you're learning C++ and you need your first book, this book is it. Buy this book. Read more
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