4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 1998
This book is suitable for intermediate to advanced C++ programmers and provides clear guidance on the rules that make up the language. It's not always an easy read, but then the language it describes is not an easy language. There is no other book I know of that describes the language itself as accurately and in as much depth as this. But if you want information about the standard C++ library (the STL, for example) you will be disappointed - this is not what this book is about. In that case try Stroustrup's 'The C++ Language' (3rd edition), which also happens to be a year or so more up to date than this book - important given that that year saw the language standardized at last. That said, for my money Stroustrup's solo affair still isn't as good on the core language as this book. If you are a professional C++ programmer, you need this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2000
This book was recomended to me as THE book to get on C++, it is a fantastic reference but if you are still learning the language then look elsewhere. If you have become proficient at C++ this book will prove invaluable.
on 23 July 1997
This is _the_ reference for the C++ language. Even though the C++ standard is presently something of a moving target, this is a good working reference manual for the basics (and not-so-basics) of C++. Once you think you've learned C++, get this book and read it -- you'll find things you didn't know, or things you thought you did but don't. Warning: This is a reference manual, and shouldn't be read from cover to cover, or used to learn the language. As a reference, though, it's an excellent resource.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2002
This is the definitive book on C++. Twelve years later, it is still a great book, even if it covers some topic in a beta stage, like templates, that were just "beta" at the time, just like exceptions.
I think it became history, but still a book for any programmers, and for any C++ programmers a must.
Simply put, it is a jewel. I got mine in '93, and still enjoy reading parts from time to time. It is almost like a romance, for any c++ "lover"