Thread: Best reference book

  1. #16
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    I have the Stroustrup book, and I too find it difficult to understand... It seems to be written for Computer Science graduates! Also, it is NOT complete... that is, it does not have every standard ANSI library function.

    The most complete source for all of the ANSI functions that I have found is at You can use the online reference, or order a CD for about $25. The reference IS complete, but there are very few examples (maybe none).

    I also have the Josuttis book. It should be called The C++ Standard TEMPLATE Library: A Tutorial and Reference, because it ONLY only the STL. It does seem to be a complete STL reference. It is much more readable than the Stroustrup book. It is a good reference book, but not the only reference book to have.
    Last edited by DougDbug; 06-03-2003 at 05:53 PM.

  2. #17
    Un Artiste Extraordinaire volk's Avatar
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    Can someone post an excerpt from the Stroustrup book to show how hard it is to understand?

  3. #18
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    Here is an excerpt at Amazon.
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  4. #19
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    Check out Stroustrup's web page:
    Mr. C: Author and Instructor

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    "My name is Bjarne, and my game is C++. C++ principle no. 1: żŇ™œŘŢ˙ ćÇĹuőď# Ôë燶Üß š™ŒŠ‰ƒ š™ŒŠ‰ƒ. On the other hand, šÍŽ™ŒŠ‰ƒŚ¤˘ĂŠŠ š›ŮšÍŽ™ŒŠ‰ƒŚ¤˘ĂŠŠ or the result can simply be Ńź˝ŮšÍŽ when x + 3 > 0 is a long pointer to foo."
    Last edited by 7stud; 06-03-2003 at 09:43 PM.

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