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What you would expect from the master of programming wisdom
on 27 July 2001
Up to the standard (no pun intended) of Scott's earlier C++ works (Effective C++ and More Effective C++). I've read half of it so far and even though it has not taught me any major new insights it has rounded out my understanding of some of the details of STL usage. One thing I particularly liked was that, while Scott doesn't pull any punches when it comes to pointing out certain flaws or quirks in the library, overall he is very enthusiastic and recommends it highly - a good balance that is inspires respect (both in him and in the library!). My only criticism is that maybe it has been contrived a little too much for the "effective" books format, and some of the material looks like he's just desperately tried to think of something that will fit (maybe that's just my interpretation). Nonetheless, Scott's accessible narrative style makes this book an essential aid to mastering the STL.