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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legend
This is the definitive second C++ book, the one you should read after you've read a good introduction. You need to be familiar with the syntax of C++, then this book will teach you about using C++'s features in a non-trivial way.

C++ is not short on books that provide bite-sized mini-essays on the best way to use some feature of the language, but this is the ne...
Published on 21 Feb 2007 by Thing with a hook

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2 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Should really be called "55 specific ways to make your programs more complicated". Interesting read but much of it I disagreed with. Still glad I read it though.
Published on 10 Mar 2007 by coder


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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legend, 21 Feb 2007
This review is from: Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs (Professional Computing) (Paperback)
This is the definitive second C++ book, the one you should read after you've read a good introduction. You need to be familiar with the syntax of C++, then this book will teach you about using C++'s features in a non-trivial way.

C++ is not short on books that provide bite-sized mini-essays on the best way to use some feature of the language, but this is the ne plus ultra. It cuts through the bewildering complexity of C++, providing simple guidelines about what to do and what never to do. For example, you may understand the difference between pointers versus references, const versus non-const. But their various combinations as function parameters and return types may be bewildering. Don't worry - Meyers dispenses his wisdom clearly and efficiently. You'll wonder why it confused you in the first place. Then he repeats the trick another 54 times, taking in all of C++, including some template issues, and finding time to mention TR1 and Boost, too.

Like the GoF Design Patterns book, you need to read this or people will think you're an amateur. Fortunately, Meyers is a witty and pithy writer and his examples are always very well judged. Make this the first book you read after you've finished learning the basics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 16 Mar 2012
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An excellent book, written for people who are already familiar with the syntax of C++ but are getting started with programming.
Meyers tells about the common pitfalls of the language and the best practices to avoid them or increase the efficiency of your code. He does this in a concise manner, an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 13 May 2014
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Anyone beyond an absolute beginner with C++ must read this. C++ is a versatile, generally fast language (still the mainstay of video and engineering development), but that power carries with it dangers to be wary of. This book explains these as concisely as possible and explains possible solutions.

I doubt there are many C++ programmers out there who would not gain something from a refresher reading of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece!, 11 May 2014
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Wonderful book, full of interesting hints to improve the design of your C++ software and avoid mistakes. It is absolutely to buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 28 May 2013
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This is such a great read for C++ programmers for a commute to work. I found it very illuminating, well explained, and a good read too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, wish I had purchased it years ago, 12 April 2013
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I have been using C++ for a few years and this book taught me one or two things and clarified a few points regarding topics I already knew about. Would also make a great second book for someone who has read through and understood a tutorial style book.

If you are serious about learning and using C++ this is a book you will need eventually, I would recommend sooner rather than later. As long as you keep using C++ the worst that could happen is that it sits around on your shelf for a while until you are ready for what it discusses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for C++ programmers, 4 Feb 2013
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Any practicing C++ programmers with more than 6 months of C++ experience should read this excellent book. It teaches you how to write good C++ code and it does that highly efficiently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, 18 Dec 2012
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This is one of a kind. Some one at Qt Developer Days Conference in Berlin, told me that you really can't do any coding i C++ whitout having read this book. And he is probably right. This is the book which really 'get you thinking in C++'. Funny too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful examples; not your standard programming text book., 1 Dec 2012
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Interesting examples and very useful. It tackles some of the quirks of c++ very well and poses interesting questions and examples. I'd recommend this to every c++ programmer: beginner to expert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!, 22 Nov 2012
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Excellent for advanced C++ programmers, if you take care of all the points while writing the program it would be a much superior quality program and would help while you debug it. Great stuff.
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