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More Effective C++: 35 New Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs (Professional Computing) Paperback – 29 Dec 1995
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Praise for Scott Meyers’ first book, Effective C++:“I heartily recommend Effective C++ to anyone who aspires to mastery of C++ at the intermediate level or above.”
– The C/C++ User’s Journal
From the author of the indispensable Effective C++, here are 35 new ways to improve your programs and designs. Drawing on years of experience, Meyers explains how to write software that is more effective: more efficient, more robust, more consistent, more portable, and more reusable. In short, how to write C++ software that’s just plain better.
More Effective C++ includes:
- Proven methods for improving program efficiency, including incisive examinations of the time/space costs of C++ language features
- Comprehensive descriptions of advanced techniques used by C++ experts, including placement new, virtual constructors, smart pointers, reference counting, proxy classes, and double-dispatching
- Examples of the profound impact of exception handling on the structure and behavior of C++ classes and functions
- Practical treatments of new language features, including bool, mutable, explicit, namespaces, member templates, the Standard Template Library, and more. If your compilers don’t yet support these features, Meyers shows you how to get the job done without them.
More Effective C++ is filled with pragmatic, down-to-earth advice you’ll use every day. Like Effective C++ before it, More Effective C++ is essential reading for anyone working with C++.
About the Author
Scott Meyers is one of the world's foremost authorities on C++, providing training and consulting services to clients worldwide. He is the author of the best-selling Effective C++ series of books (Effective C++, More Effective C++, and Effective STL) and of the innovative Effective C++ CD. He is consulting editor for Addison Wesley's Effective Software Development Series and serves on the Advisory Board for The C++ Source (http://www.artima.com/cppsource). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. His web site is http://www.aristeia.com.
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The section on exceptions is a very appreciable collection on exceptions topics, difficult to find elsewhere, unless you're a constant reader of C++ Report (where they held a monthly column on the subject).
The section on efficiency is a niece and useful read that let you meet some important consideration as the famous 80-20 rule (a.k.a. 90-10 rule, the "make the common case faster" pattern, and so on) or the Lazy Evaluation tecnique (I've used it extensively since I'm involved on big proportions projects that need this kind of savings).
A special mention goes on the item about the costs of virtual functions, polymorphism and RTTI features. This is about the best account I've found on the subject. The only other one I can think about is Dattatri's in "C++: Effective Object-Oriented Software Construction". You won't believe it, but I've red Dattatri's just a week before I've been specifically asked for this very same topic during an important job interview. Luckily.
The section on Techniques is a source of pure gems: item after item I've discovered how well and widely these topics can be treated. Some will find they are taken from Coplien's book. And that's true. But here they are expanded and more clearly explained.
The last section also will bring some knowledge that will prove to be useful whenever you'll be involved in software design. They well add to those on the first volume.
A very worth buying, and a very worth read, on my opinion.
The material is a mixture of items of a similar level to Effective C++, plus some more advanced topics, like how to find out if your object is allocated on the heap or not, how to prevent an object being allocated on the heap, and the mechanics of the object model, about which C++ users (or the authors of C++ books) seem inordinately fond, at least compared to Java users and Smalltalkers. As a result, the more advanced material has slightly narrower appeal than that in Effective C++ - many of the techniques seem more hassle than they're worth.
That said, a good deal of the material is still universally important, such as exceptions and the new-style casts, which were new at the time of publication, but which are no longer considered 'advanced'. By now, though, this material is covered elsewhere, e.g. in the likes of C++ Coding Standards and Thinking in C++, or in modified form in the third edition of Effective C++. The last item in the book, on the use of the STL, has been superseded by the author's own book-length excursion, Effective STL.
There's also a slight difference in format. The items are in general longer than those in Effective C++. For some topics, it works very well. For example, there's a great treatment of writing a 'smart' pointer and using it for reference counting that takes up 60 pages. That entirely merits the extended format. On the other hand, in some places, the book could have done with editing.Read more ›
If you have read Scott Meyer's first book, "Effective C++", that is available in an updated 3rd edition, and want to learn more, then the next step is to read Herb Sutter's "Exceptional C++". That book can be recommended without any reservations.
Scott Meyer's book tackles some of the more problematic areas of the language discussing do's and dont's. This is achieved to some part by offering an insight into the C++ compiler and how it processes code. The books goes way beyond this because it covers the most recent changes to the language and how they are supported by the compiler. It even offers help and advice (plus code fragments) in situations when your compiler doesn't yet
support the latest C++ enhancement. This book is packed with
information on every page and is a must to have for anyone using C++.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still, good enough for you to consider after reading the first one. It covers different topics that are also useful to know.Published on 25 April 2012 by J. I. Seco Sanz
The book contains the author's views on what is or is not good practice in C++. This book is NOT for the newcomers to C++ so if you're not already well experienced in C++, you're... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2010 by TJR
A more advanced version of Effective C++. The problems covered are trickier (which is why there are 1/3 less topics in a bigger book). Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2003
Scott Meyers has a very chatty way of writing, which makes his books very accessible. This is volume certainly no exception. Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2002 by A. Delahunty