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If you're developing in C++, you need to read this book
on 29 March 1998
C++ can be a language fraught with peril. Leave off a "virtual" in the wrong place and you've created a memory leak. Forget to implement a copy constructor in a particular class and you've created a corrupt heap waiting to happen. In this book, Scott presents guidelines on 50 C++ topics covering a broad range of subjects: how to avoid the C++ pitfalls mentioned above, how to write better code, how to effectively use C++ constructs in your OO designs, and more. Whether you're a newbie or an expert, there's substantial meat in this book for you.
Scott's easy-going writing style makes the explanations easy to read and digest. Unlike other books I've read, Scott provides detailed explanations allowing you to really understand the topic at hand. The 50 items are self-contained chunks of information, each thoroughly covering a specific topic.
C++ developers working for me are required to read this book (and Scott's companion, "More Effective C++") before I let them write a line of production code.