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The C++ Programming Language: Third Edition [Paperback]

Bjarne Stroustrup
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20 Jun 1997 0201327554 978-0201889543 3

  • Written by the inventor of the language, the book is the defining, classic text on the language that has become central to software development over the past five years. This third edition incorporates additions and changes on a major scale. In particular, the new edition is based on the ANSI/ISO C++ final draft with its many new language features - templates, exceptions, namespaces, and run-time type identification, to name a few - in addition to the C++ Standard Template Library that has revolutionized C++ development.
  • Throughout, the book does far more than merely describe every element of the language. The focus is on showing how the language is used as a tool for design and programming, and teaching the basic concepts programmers need to master C++. With this third edition, Stroustrup has made the book even more accessible to those new to the language while adding information and techniques that even expert C++ programmers will find invaluable.


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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 3 edition (20 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201327554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201889543
  • ASIN: 0201889544
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 18.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this 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 recognise 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++. --Jake Bond

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NOTE: Customers of this book, Errata for page 833 is now available in pdf form and can be downloaded from this page.

This is a complete rewrite of the most widely read and most trusted book on C++. Based on the ANSI/ISO C++ final draft, this book covers the C++ language, its standard library, and key design techniques as an integrated whole.

The C++ Programming Language provides comprehensive coverage of C++ language features and standard library components. For example:

  • abstract classes as interfaces
  • class hierarchies for object-oriented programming
  • templates as the basis for type-safe generic software
  • exceptions for regular error handling
  • namespaces for modularity in large-scale software
  • run-time type identification for loosely coupled systems
  • the C subset of C++ for C compatibility and system-level work
  • standard containers and algorithms
  • standard strings, I/O streams, and numerics

With this third edition, Stroustrup makes C++ even more accessible to those new to the language while adding information and techniques that even expert C++ programmers will find invaluable.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT for beginners 15 Feb 2001
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A number of people who have submitted reviews on this book seem to be missing the point. This is NOT a 'Teach Yourself' book, it's a reference work. If you need a book that covers every aspect of C++ in detail, this is the one to go for. It is written by the man who created C++ after all. If you don't know C++ and want a book to learn from, try elsewhere!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not a tutorial... 22 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
I don't know where Amazon got their title for this book from: It's simply "The C++ Programming Language." Nothing about "tutorial" which seems to have been the impression a lot of other reviewers have got.
As such it's not a tutorial - don't buy this as a first taste of C++ or even of programming as a whole. Perhaps have a gawp at Koenig and Moo's "Accelerated C++" instead.
This is the book to use if you want to know how the language and standard library behaves without having a dig around in the language standard itself. While there are more complete references to the standard library, this book is the best I've seen on the language itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin 19 Jun 2001
Format:Paperback
It's not a tutorial book. It's not going to teach you to program in C++. It's not going to tell you how to step-up from another language to C++. But that's because it's a reference book. And as a reference work, it's very, very good. Well, you'd expect it to be, really - it's written by the guy who created C++.
It covers the whole of the language and the standard libraries pretty exhaustively. Pretty well every concept is explained with the assistance of code examples and diagrams where appropriate. As well as raw technical information, every chapter concludes with a set of hints on how to best make use of the features of C++ presented in the chapter - useful, as it's easy to abuse C++ and end up with messy code - and a set of exercise questions to work through.
On the minus side, the typesetting of the book isn't wonderful - a few of the diagrams have lines that don't join up, and the text isn't particularly easy on the eye. However, it's a reference work, not a coffee table book - if you want something that looks nice, buy a book with "21 days" in the title, or something.
This is a serious book for serious programmers.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete reference 22 July 2001
Format:Paperback
Without doubt, the most comprehensive explanation and critique of C++ as a language that is available.
Not for beginners, and not an easy read, but this text, above all others, will answer your C++ questions.
The style of writing is particularly good, and if you understand the contents of this book, you understand C++.
It is as 'simple' as that.
THE book for anyone serious about C++, but not necessarily the only one. :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The standard c++ reference 8 Sep 2002
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Probably the most useful book on c++ ever written, by the creator of c++. However it is not intended for people new to programming - a familiarity with c and the basic programming concepts is neccesary. It is very thorough, more a computer science text-book than a handbook or tutorial. The book explores the architecture of c++ and how it is implemented as well as how to use it (which other books usually concentrate on). Many good tips on style and how you should structure programs as well as broader concerns useful to large scale projects.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best C++ guide and reference book available. 13 April 1999
By A Customer
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The C++ Programming Language is without a doubt the most comprehensive and well presented C++ book I have read.
While not really suited to the novice programmer, anyone with a background in structured or object oriented programming (particularly C) will find this an effective learning guide. It is also a useful reference book and rarely (if ever) sees the bookshelf!
Whether you're an experienced C++ programmer or new to the language, Buy this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 7 Nov 2010
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This book gives you the ins and outs of what appears to be every aspect of C++. Anything and everything you can think of that is part of C++ is well explained and often also includes a nice little piece of example code to help you out.

DO NOT buy this if you're just starting out in C++, as well written as it is, I do not think it is intended for newbies and I can recognise how beginners may get lost in this book - I believe you're looking for something like "C++ for beginners" instead.

DO buy this book if you think you're past the "beginner stage" and are now looking to improve your game with C++. (Really DO, there's tones to learn in this book).
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This book is a great improvement on the old 1st addition, which everyone was buying, when all the OOPSla started in the late(ish) 80's. Having read a copy from the Uni library, I found myself deciding I'd have to buy this 3rd edition.
It's much clearer than the old Stroustroup, has good examples, and the index solved a problem that had bugged me, switching between Borland and GNU compilers.
Stroustroup includes reasons behind the design decisions, which I find fascinating, and this book is up to date enough to let you write or prepare for ANSI C++, if you have an out of date compiler.
Recently I've read many C++ books, this is one of the best for general coverage. The Meyer's books are also good, and another author's one on C++ style is a must read, explaining correct use of inheritance, and C++ style examples, by disecting a number of published example programs, but is far *too* thin to buy. I also like Inside the C++ Object Model, for the technicalitites, and indepth explanation of space/time/abstraction tradeoffs.
Stroustroup's book is not thin!!! It's Tolkeinesque in size, about as thick as the Bat book (you long suffering UNIX admins know which one I mean), and is far too heavy to read in anything but either, small chunks chapter by chapter, in fast superficial skim mode, or browsing when you have a problem. This is a result of it's completeness, reference quality and technical discussion.
A book for Pro's, if you're used to 24 hour How To's, or other crap glossies, then forget it, you won't be happy, there's no bad jokes or naff pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Very good quality. I love it so much. I want to buy ten more. So it is very good. Goood
Published 19 months ago by Shing
5.0 out of 5 stars Best C++ manual ever
There is very little to say, this is the best C++ book you can ever buy, written by the mind behind C++ itself. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tomaso
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Received exactly what has been described. I would recommend. This book can used as a Reference book. C++ programming by Stroustrup.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The C++ Programming Language: Third Edition
The C++ Programming Language: Third Edition

Very good second book for reading C++ and is always there for reference
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by peter_hurley
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a tutorial, not a reference. What is it?
As the title of my review says, this book is not a reference or a tutorial. It fails as a reference because the table of contents is too concise, the index seemingly incomplete,... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2008 by C. Wareham
2.0 out of 5 stars Name & fame is no guarantee
I chose this book largely because I trusted the name of Stroustrup, which was a mistake. He takes the task too lightly, in my opinion. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2002 by Bizzi Bee
2.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and poor at the same time
Stroustrup should think twice before writing another book. This one lacks a macro vision and is totally useless if you are a beginner. As a reference, it is good. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2000 by H. Bucher
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