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Effective C++ (book)

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I am reading "C++ for the impatient" and I am going to finish this book soon so i figured I should get "Effective C++".

So my question is, is this book updated?

Should i get this book or there are other books that recommended and more updated than this book?

 

thanks in advance.

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Which one is better?

thanks.

 

Neither is "better" than the other.  Both cover different topics.

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Why not make it a trifecta?  Grab 'Effective STL'.  The formatting and cross-referencing are the same.  You're given 50 specific points for improving your code with a copious amount of rationale behind the decisions in each of the books.

 

But maybe that's getting ahead of things.  C++ kinda grows on you.  If you pile up on books but don't do much programming you won't absorb the knowledge and fully understand what Scott Meyer is trying to explain.

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These books are definatly worth reading but, don't go out and buy them new as they haven't been updated in a while.  Check the used books on Amazon and you can somethimes get them for next to nothing.

Or just borrow them from a library.

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Maybe I'll buy it used because non of the library's near me have those books.. (and i cant request them :\)

What should I start with?

And @Matt-D, do you know when the "Effective C++11" will come out?

 

Thanks.

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Effective C++'s content is still very relevant and up to date. It references a lot of stuff that was in std::tr1 which ended up as parts of C++11, so it still discusses some of the newer stuff anyway. The only major difference to be aware of is that you should now prefer std::unique_ptr instead of auto_ptr. Just look up new C++11 features at some point after you've read the book, as it doesn't go into e.g. lambda functions.

 

Also, the sections are generally pretty short, so it's a great book to pull out when you have a 5-10min break.

 

For the other books (More Effective C++ and Effective STL) I'm not sure offhand, but you're definitely good to go on the first book.

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