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I'm Looking For A *Good* C++ Reference Book

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Hello. I'm looking for a good C++ reference book. I learned C++ a year
ago. It is very broad and I need something to refer to. Particularly
about syntax (using -> versus ".", etc.), using classes, C++ functions,
etc. Basically, a good overall C++ language reference.

I need a reference book. Not a "begin from scratch" instruction book,
unless there is one that is also a good reference.

Also, does anyone know of any good standard library reference books?

Please provide feedback. Thanks.
Jul 22 '05 #1
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Raque wrote:
Hello. I'm looking for a good C++ reference book. I learned C++ a year
ago. It is very broad and I need something to refer to. Particularly
about syntax (using -> versus ".", etc.), using classes, C++ functions,
etc. Basically, a good overall C++ language reference.

I need a reference book. Not a "begin from scratch" instruction book,
unless there is one that is also a good reference.

Also, does anyone know of any good standard library reference books?

Please provide feedback. Thanks.


_The_C++_Programming_Language_

The Josuttis book on the standard library is a good reference, too. If
you're looking for an STL intro, try this:
http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~musser/stl-book/cover.jpg

Jul 22 '05 #2

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The ONLY book you need is Bjarne Stroustrup's The C++ Programming Language. However, if you need a reference on the standard libraries as well, Josuttis's The C++ Standard Library is an excellent choice. Since you said you needed mostly syntax though, I'd definitely recommend the Stroustrup. Get the special edition, it's really nice. Hard cover...double book marks...2 extra appendices...good stuff.
Jul 22 '05 #3

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"Mark Bruno" <ya*************@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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The ONLY book you need is Bjarne Stroustrup's The C++ Programming
Language.


I regularly refer to Stroustrup's text. It has the information that I am
after more often than not, but there are still lots of occasions when I have
to look elsewhere. C++ is too complex for any single textbook to have all of
the answers. Such a book would be too long to be acceptable to publishers.

Stanley Lippman and Josee Lajoie's C++ Primer is another good book (it is
more advanced than the name suggests). No doubt others can supply further
suggestions. I would say you should have at least 4 (and preferably 10)
reference books.
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John Carson
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Jul 22 '05 #4

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"Mark Bruno" <ya*************@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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The ONLY book you need is Bjarne Stroustrup's The C++ Programming Language. However, if you >need a reference on the standard libraries as well,
Josuttis's The C++ Standard Library is an excellent >choice. Since you said
you needed mostly syntax though, I'd definitely recommend the Stroustrup.Get the special edition, it's really nice. Hard cover...double book

marks...2 extra appendices...good >stuff.

Have both of those, and would also recommend them.

Look here for lots of reviews:

http://www.accu.org/bookreviews/public/index.htm

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Derek
Jul 22 '05 #5

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Hi,

By the process of certain things happening, Raque managed to say...
I need a reference book. Not a "begin from scratch" instruction book,
unless there is one that is also a good reference.


The C++ Standard Library - Josuttis
The C++ Programming Language - Stroustrup
C++ Templates - Josuttis
Effective STL - Meyers

These should provide what you need (and I would say, be on everyone's book
shelf)

TTFN

Paul

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One browser to find them
One email client to bring them all
And through security holes, blind them...

Jul 22 '05 #6

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Raque <s> wrote in message news:<3f******************************@news.terane ws.com>...
Hello. I'm looking for a good C++ reference book. I learned C++ a year
ago. It is very broad and I need something to refer to. Particularly
about syntax (using -> versus ".", etc.), using classes, C++ functions,
etc. Basically, a good overall C++ language reference.

I need a reference book. Not a "begin from scratch" instruction book,
unless there is one that is also a good reference.

Also, does anyone know of any good standard library reference books?

Please provide feedback. Thanks.


1) Thinking in C++ (Bruce Eckel) is a good book to work your way
through the intricacies of the language.
2) The C++ Programming Language (Stroustrup) is of course the bible
that you got to have.
3) Effective C++ - Scott Meyers
4) More Effective C++ - Scott Meyers
Jul 22 '05 #7

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Raque <s> wrote:
Hello. I'm looking for a good C++ reference book. I learned C++ a year
ago. It is very broad and I need something to refer to. Particularly
about syntax (using -> versus ".", etc.), using classes, C++ functions,
etc. Basically, a good overall C++ language reference.

I need a reference book. Not a "begin from scratch" instruction book,
unless there is one that is also a good reference.

Also, does anyone know of any good standard library reference books?


The only pure C++ reference I know is the O'Reilly C++ "Nutshell"
book. It is impossible to read just for the heck of it; you flip it
open to the part you want, and it tries to give you the answer quickly
so you can put the book down. There are tons of other C++ books that
you could use as a reference, but they are not really references; they
attempt to teach the language in some way or another.

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Dave O'Hearn
Jul 22 '05 #8

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"Dave O'Hearn" <da******@pobox.com> wrote in message news:3e**************************@posting.google.c om...
The only pure C++ reference I know is the O'Reilly C++ "Nutshell"
book. It is impossible to read just for the heck of it; you flip it
open to the part you want, and it tries to give you the answer quickly
so you can put the book down.


Agreed. While some of it is a bit awkward in some places, it does attempt
to be a sane explanation of the language. I should make the disclosure that
O'Reilly paid me to review that book (primarily to check conformance with
the standard) so I have confidence that it's fairly accurate.

Jul 22 '05 #9

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For quick answers I suggest "Teach Yourself C++ in 10 Minutes." It is very
small, but gets straight to the point and it covers pretty much everything
C++ can do by itself. It won't cost you a whole lot either.
--zealott

Raque <s> wrote in message
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Hello. I'm looking for a good C++ reference book. I learned C++ a year
ago. It is very broad and I need something to refer to. Particularly
about syntax (using -> versus ".", etc.), using classes, C++ functions,
etc. Basically, a good overall C++ language reference.

I need a reference book. Not a "begin from scratch" instruction book,
unless there is one that is also a good reference.

Also, does anyone know of any good standard library reference books?

Please provide feedback. Thanks.

Jul 22 '05 #10

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zealott wrote...
For quick answers I suggest "Teach Yourself C++ in 10 Minutes." It is very
small, but gets straight to the point and it covers pretty much everything
C++ can do by itself. It won't cost you a whole lot either.


Unfortunately, it also seems to have a few problems:

http://www.accu.org/bookreviews/publ.../t/t001917.htm

Cheers,
Chris

Jul 22 '05 #11

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"Chris Newton" <ch*********@no.junk.please.btinternet.com> wrote in message
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zealott wrote...
For quick answers I suggest "Teach Yourself C++ in 10 Minutes." It is
very small, but gets straight to the point and it covers pretty much
everything C++ can do by itself. It won't cost you a whole lot either.


Unfortunately, it also seems to have a few problems:

http://www.accu.org/bookreviews/publ.../t/t001917.htm


May or may not make a difference, but the above review is dated 1999. The
2nd edition of the book dates from 2002.


Jul 22 '05 #12

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>Raque <s> wrote in message
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Hello. I'm looking for a good C++ reference book. I learned C++
a year ago. It is very broad and I need something to refer to.
Particularly about syntax (using -> versus ".", etc.), using
classes, C++ functions, etc. Basically, a good overall C++
language reference.

I need a reference book. Not a "begin from scratch" instruction
book, unless there is one that is also a good reference.

Also, does anyone know of any good standard library reference
books?

Please provide feedback. Thanks.


Maybe "C++ in a Nutshell" from Ray Lischner (O'Reilly, 2003) is what you
are looking for.

Peace

Gerd
Jul 22 '05 #13

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