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The C++ Standard Library: A Tutorial and Reference

The C++ Standard Library: A Tutorial and Reference
Author: Nicolai M. Josuttis
ISBN 13: 9780201379266
ISBN 10: 201379260
Edition: 1
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Publication Date: 1999-08-22
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 832
List Price: $79.99

The C++ Standard Library provides a set of common classes and interfaces that greatly extend the core C++ language. The library, however, is not self-explanatory. To make full use of its components-and to benefit from their power-you need a resource that does far more than list the classes and their functions.

The C++ Standard Library not only provides comprehensive documentation of each library component, it also offers clearly written explanations of complex concepts, describes the practical programming details needed for effective use, and gives example after example of working code.

This thoroughly up-to-date book reflects the newest elements of the C++ standard library incorporated into the full ANSI/ISO C++ language standard. In particular, the text focuses on the Standard Template Library (STL), examining containers, iterators, function objects, and STL algorithms. You will also find detailed coverage of special containers, strings, numerical classes, internationalization, and the IOStream library. Each component is presented in depth, with an introduction to its purpose and design, examples, a detailed description, traps and pitfalls, and the exact signature and definition of its classes and their functions. An insightful introduction to fundamental concepts and an overview of the library will help bring newcomers quickly up to speed.

Comprehensive, detailed, readable, and practical, The C++ Standard Library is the C++ resource you will turn to again and again. An accompanying Web site, including source code, is also available.

Electronic Review of Computer Books - Jack Woehr

To comprehend the meaning and usage of the standard library classes mandated in the ANS/ISO C++ Standard of 1997, there are two ways to go:

  • You can start from familiarity with the theory of collections, streams, and algorithms and then read the source code of an extant library implementation.
  • Or you can read a book like Nicolai Josuttis's The C++ Standard Library.
The C++ Standard Library is the best overview of its topic in the popular technical press that I've seen so far. A few years ago I was looking for this book, but it hadn't been written yet, so I opted for course 1 above. It's really more orderly to read the book.

The C++ Standard Library is essentially a perfect book. It's so good that it can't be great. The author knows his field so well that there's no sense of striving in his explanations. (Josuttis is a member of the C++ Standard Committee library working group.)

The C++ Standard Library is organized in the Gnu Texinfo manual style, which evolved on the MIT-Stanford Free Software axis in the 1980s. No surprises, we know how to read this one without the author lecturing us on conventions employed in the text.

What's covered? The whole C++ standard libraries. Well-phrased, accurate, authoritative, and scientific, Josuttis has authored the quintessential user's guide on this subject. Let others focus on patterns of usage -- the community of intermediate C++ programmers pursuing standard class expertise now has its classic.