What REFERENCE book do you use / recommend?
Mainly, I’m looking for a book that has ALL of the functions in the ANSI header files. I’m looking for something like the help files for MSVC++, but in printed form with a good cross-referenced index. (The help files are fine if you know exactly what you’re looking for.)
The two “best” reference books I have are:
Josuttis “The C++ Standard Library”
Not a bad book, good depth in some topics and well written. But it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. And it may be incomplete too. For example, I couldn’t find strtoul() in the index. Microsoft help says strtoul() is in ANSI stdlib.h
Stroustrup “The C++ Programming Language”
This book seems to be written for programmers with BSCS degrees who already know C. When I look something-up it takes me a half-hour to figure-out what he’s saying… That is, if I ever “get it”. I couldn’t find strtoul() in his index either! It IS cool to own a book by the creator of C++!
Yesterday, I ordered from Amazon:
Ira Pohl “C++ Distilled”
(I should have posted this first.)
I don’t have Stroustrup’s other book “The Annotated C++ Reference Manual”. Any comments on this book?