- Bjarne Stroustrup
- Programming Principles and Practice Using C++
- Addison Wesley
This is a "beginners" programming book for C++. It's about 1200 pages,
and that alone probably made its first editors wince. Big books are
expensive to produce and end up carrying big price tags.
The editors surely groaned in pain when told that the author also intended
to use color liberally throughout the text - and not just as informative
markers here and there, but also for photographs! That costs even
more production money.
If the editors had such feelings, they probably had to keep
their mouths firmly shut. You know the phrase "He wrote the book on it"?
Well, in the world of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup not only wrote the book
(The C++ Programming Language), he also wrote the C++ language itself. I
imagine that if he had wanted it bound in leather and gold leaf, that's
what would have happened.
Really, this is a programming course that happens to use C++ as
its language. It is simply superb - so good that you might want it
even if you have already learned C++. Yes, it's really that good.
It's written in a conversational style, first person, with plenty of
advice, warnings, intelligence and even humor. I just got this
a day or so ago; obviously I haven't pored through every page, but I've
read enough and skimmed enough else to suspect that this is destined
to become a classic.
Did you wonder why they'd be photographs in a programming book? Because
it includes a "Programming language history overview" - just one of
the many things you wouldn't expect. As noted, this uses color
effectively and liberally, but I think the most important thing is that it is
definitely NOT a dry, boring, pedantic "learning programming" book. This
book is alive with color, and I don't just mean the ink that may have
caused groans from the editors and accountants.
Very, very good. No hesitation in recommending this one.
Tony Lawrence 2009-01-19 Rating:
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