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A Tour of C++ (C++ In-Depth Series) [Kindle Edition]

Bjarne Stroustrup
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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.

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About the Author

Bjarne Stroustrup ( is the designer and original implementer of C++, as well as the author of Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ (Addison-Wesley, 2009), The C++ Programming Language (Addison-Wesley, 1985, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2013), and many popular and academic publications. Dr. Stroustrup is a University Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University and the holder of the College of Engineering Chair in Computer Science. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, and an ACM fellow. His research interests include distributed systems, design, programming techniques, software development tools, and programming languages. He is actively involved in the ISO standardization of C++.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21783 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (16 Sept. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer for the main Tome 5 Feb. 2014
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This neat and cheap book is an excellent primer for the highly detailed tome "The C++ Programming Language (4th Edition)" (TCPL) which Bjarne Stroustrup brings us as well as this book.

The style of this book is very much instructive, with practical examples and many references to deeper understanding material if one chooses to follow it all.

This book is not for an absolute beginner in programming, however, anyone with a grounding in programming whom wishes to learn C++ should add this book to their shelves and digest it. If you enjoy this then certainly the main TCPL edition will be right up your street.

Stroustrup also, as always, makes the read simple elegant and informative, his style is hard to beat in such technical fields, clear and concise he is able to make you see the way he wants you to see the information being presented, and it always seems so friendly, he's introducing you gently rather then educating by force.

All in all, a good primer for the larger book, and as ever its in the best style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet 27 Dec. 2013
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This is a great supplement to TC++PL4, it expands nicely on the tour in that book, providing just enough detail on language and technique. It has definitely helped my transition to C++11.

A very nice feature of the book is that it includes a summary with references to the parts of TC++PL4 from each chapter, making it very easy to expand on it's coverage where this is required or desired.
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By Fanta
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A concise introduction to C++ and its standard library. In my opinion, it is well suited to:
- those who come from C *and* know at least one OO programming language;
- those who haven't used C++ in a while, and need to refresh or re-learn it, and also want to get up-to-speed with version 2011 of the language.

It may be suitable also for experienced OO programmers with no previous experience in C and C++, if they are willing to suffer a little. E.g. the author throws at us pointers, references, the subscript operator (and its overloading) and the "new" operator flat-out in chapter one, glossing over all the related details.

Studying the book, one gets enough to start using C++ 2011 in well under 200 pages, covering the essentials; as opposed to going through detailed tutorials and references that range in the thousand of pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to New Features of C++ 11 4 Nov. 2014
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A succinct guide to C++ 11. Plenty of signposts to deeper articles in the bigger book: Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++. This book is sufficiently light, the chapters short enough and the content so well-written that it's easy to pick up, read a chapter and return another time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suggest you get original text 11 Mar. 2014
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The Kindle copy of this book contains typos, which have been corrected in the original text. It seems the Kindle copy is not updated frequently enough .[...]
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2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read book. 19 May 2015
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Difficult to read book. Stroustrup books are not easy; this one is by design concise and this makes it even more difficult to follow.
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By Neil
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It's great, still a bit advanced for me in area's but working towards it is part of the fun of reading this fantastic overview.
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