ANSI c++ standard document
ANSI/ISO/IEC 14882:2003 C++ - This is the document in question. Im an intermediate programmer going through the ropes at uni, this is main()ly aimed at the experienced programmer, how important is it to have access to this? For now or future reference. Im not one for reading lenghty documents on the screen and it costs a fair bit. Anything worth knowing let it rip.
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I take it you're a CS major. Then, you really should have it. (At least the PDF version.) You should probably own Stroustrup's book too. :)
I only have the PDF version, and I've found it difficult to naviagte through 700 pages of non-hyperlinked PDF. Usually, when I search, I get too many hits. It has a good index, but flipping between the index and and main-text is more difficult than a hard-copy document. And, the index page numbers don't match the Acrobat page numers due to the ~30 Roman numerial pages up-front. (I suppose I should memorize that offset... Ah, 27 pages!) One of these days, I'm going over to Kinko's to check-into getting it printed & bound. It's a little too long for my inkjet and a loose-leaf binder.
It is a specification, it's not a reference or a tutorial... It was written to be precise... not to be easy to understand!
You probably need the C standard too. In places, the C++ standard refers-back to the C standard. (Both documents are about the same length... Some C-stuff was left out.)