Accelerated C++ introduces a radical new approach to teaching C++. It starts with the most useful concepts rather than the most primitive ones, so the student can begin writing programs immediately. It describes real problems and solutions, not just language features. And it includes the standard library from the start. The authors proved the effectiveness of this approach in their courses at Stanford and Princeton, where their students learned to write substantial programs their first day in the classroom.
Table of Contents
0. Getting Started.
The Main Function.
Using the Standard Library for Output.
The Return Statement.
A Slightly Deeper Look.
Details.1. Working with Strings.
Framing a Name.
Details.2. Looping and Counting.
Writing an Unknown Number of Rows.
Writing a Row.
The Complete Framing Program.
Details.3. Working with Batches of Data.
Computing Student Grades.
Using Medians Instead of Averages.
Details.4.Organizing Programs and Data.
Putting it All Together.
Partitioning the Grading Program.
The Revised Grading Program.
Details.5. Using Sequential Containers and Analyzing Strings.
Separating Students into Categories.
Using Iterators Instead of Indices.
Rethinking Our Data Structure for Better Performance.
The List Type.
Taking Strings Apart.
Testing Our Split Function.
Putting Strings Together.
Details.6. Using Library Algorithms.
Comparing Grading Schemes.
Classifying Students, Revisited.
Algorithms, Containers, and Iterators.
Details.7. Using Associative Containers.
Containers that Support Efficient Look-Up.
Generating a Cross-Reference Table.
A Note on Performance.
Details.8. Writing Generic Functions.
What is a Generic Function?
Input and Output Iterators.
Using Iterators for Flexibility.
Details.9. Defining New Types.
The Student_info class.
Using the Student_info class.
Details.10. Managing Memory and Low-Level Data Structures.
Pointers and Arrays.
String Literals Revisited.
Initializing Arrays of Character Pointers.
Arguments to Main.
Reading and Writing Files.
Three Kinds of Memory Management.
Details.11. Defining Abstract Data Types.
The Vec Class.
Implementing the Vec Class.
Flexible Memory Management.
Details.12. Making Class Objects Act Like Values.
A Simple String Class.
Some Conversions are Hazardous.
Conversions and Memory Management.
Details.13. Using Inheritance and Dynamic Binding.
Polymorphism and Virtual Functions.
Using Inheritance to Solve Our Problem.
A Simple Handle Class.
Using the Handle Class.
Details.14. Managing Memory (Almost) Automatically.
Handles that Copy their Objects.
Handles that Let you Decide When to Share Data.
An Improvement on Controllable Handles.
Details.15. Revisiting Character Pictures.
Details.16. Where Do We Go From Here?
Use the Abstractions You Have.
Learn More.Appendix A. Language Details.
Statements.Appendix B. Library Summary.
Containers and Iterators.
This is a first-rate introductory book that takes a practical approach to solving problems using C++. It covers a much wider scope of C++ programming than other introductory books I've seen, and in a surprisingly compact format.
--Dag Brück, founding member of the ANSI/ISO C++ committee
The authors present a clear, cogent introduction to C++ programming in a way that gets the student writing nontrivial programs immediately.
--Stephen Clamage, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and chair of the ANSI C++ committee
Anyone reading just this one book and working through the examples and exercises will have the same skills as many professional programmers.
--Jeffrey D. Oldham, Stanford University
Why is Accelerated C++ so effective? Because it
- Starts with the most useful concepts rather than the most primitive ones: You can begin writing programs immediately.
- Describes real problems and solutions, not just language features: You see not only what each feature is, but also how to use it.
- Covers the language and standard library together: You can use the library right from the start.
The authors proved this approach in their professional-education course at Stanford University, where students learned how to write substantial programs on their first day in the classroom.
Whether you are eager to get started writing your first C++ programs, or you are already using C++ and seeking deeper understanding, the authors' unique approach and expertise make Accelerated C++ an indispensable addition to your library.
Andrew Koenig is a member of the Large-Scale Programming Research Department at AT&T's Shannon Laboratory, and the Project Editor of the C++ standards committee. A programmer for more than 30 years, 15 of them in C++, he has published more than 150 articles about C++, and speaks on the topic worldwide.
Barbara E. Moo is an independent consultant with 20 years' experience in the software field. During her nearly 15 years at AT&T, she worked on one of the first commercial products ever written in C++, managed the company's first C++ compiler project, and directed the development of AT&T's award-winning WorldNet Internet service business.