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Book Review: Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++" by Bjarne Stroustrup

Jul 25, 2009, 00:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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"For anyone with a modicum of programming experience, the name Bjarne Stroustrup should be familiar. He developed the C++ programming language way back in the late 1970s/early 1980s. He is also author of the classic C++ tome The C++ programming language. With such a pedigree you would expect his new book, on the principles and practices of programming, to be more focussed on doing things the C++ way and it is. However, this works in the book's favour.

"I have to admit that when I first picked this book up, I expected it to be perhaps more akin to "Practices of programming with C++" than the promised focus on programming with the language being secondary but Stroustrup pulls off his promise admirably. Concentrating on one language, and one which the author knows so well, frees the reader from wading through the differences of language syntax and helps them concentrate on the principles and good practice being demonstrated. When you also consider that this book is aimed at students of programming, and is designed and tested as a textbook to accompany their studies, you get a better idea of why this approach works so well for this book."

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