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C++ Black Book: A Comprehensive Guide to C++ Mastery [Paperback]

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This book was written to the most current ANSI/ISO specifications for C++. It presents file handling, virtual functions, exceptions, debugging, plus the standard template library. It also covers data handling including sorting, searching and encryption, hashing, and parsing. It provides information on data structures, unions, enumerations, classes, and objects including friend functions, copy constructors, and advanced tricks. It explores working with data and C++ operators, storing data in strings and arrays, creating functions, and standard library functions for data processing and I/O. Hundreds of complete code examples are provided along with in-depth solutions to real-world programming problems.

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Pages   832
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 7.38" Height: 1.76"
Weight:   3.13 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph Press
ISBN  1932111263  
ISBN13  9781932111262  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steven Holzner, PhD, is a former faculty member at Cornell University and MIT. He is the author of Physics For Dummies.

Steven Holzner currently resides in Tanglewood, in the state of Massachusetts. Steven Holzner was born in 1948.

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Wonderful manuel  Dec 14, 2006
I'm a java programmer who made the switch to c++ thanks to this book. I found it a great source for those who already know the programming fundamentals.
Excellent book!  Mar 1, 2006
This is an excellent book. I had the book for a long time already, but only started yesterday. I used to find it complicated. A few days ago I had a plan for a program, but I just didn't have knowledge of the right language, which is C++.
The book briefly explains all concepts in the first chapter so the following chapters are easier to understand. The activities make you write simple programs which explains the ideas in an easy-to-understand way. At the end of a chapter the things are repeated to review you knowledge so you can continue to the next chapter easily. Another great thing is that the examples given have highlights in the new or important parts in the examples, so you can easily see what's new and what you should remember.

The people that previously wrote reviews mentioning the repeating structure of the book are very impatient people. I'm done with the first chapter, and the basics are here. I've just started the second chapter, and things are pretty clear.
It helps to first read the intro of the chapter, then do the activities, and then read it again for review without doing the activities.

I have some tips for people to slide into the book a little easier:
1* Download a free program called Just BASIC. (
It's a dialect of the easiest language there is: BASIC. The program comes with a free editor, compiler, and with a free tutorial to explain the language. I did the first few tutorials to get to know the basic basics of programming. It realy helps in learning any other language.
2* Use Bloodshed Dev-C++ to write the programs. It's a lot easier. The book uses Borland 5 for examples, but Dev-C++ is easier and a lot better. It's free, comes with a handy editor and compiler.
3* As with any language, after reading the book you should do some tutorials on the web. It's necessary but it makes life so much easier.
A good book for beginners.  Jul 27, 2005
I have had this book for several years and am just now using it to learn C++. The book has an unusual style in that it repeats itself adding slightly new increments as it goes along. This is great for a beginner or an intermediate programmer with some bad habits. It would drive an expert crazy.
I have written this review because of the put-downs in several other reviews. Those reviewers are looking at the book from the perspective of someone who already knows it all. They obviously don't feel that they needed this book and perhaps they don't. I did and still do need the simplicity and patience exhibited by this author as I am trying to learn this difficult language without the help of a teacher or even mentor to answer questions. For this purpose the book is the best I have seen and I have half a dozen others.

Good Book for Intermediate C++  Nov 27, 2004
Started out with this book to improve my BrainBench score beyond 3. It really helped to improve my fundamentals which you may not get in the classroom.

The introductory explanation of STL and templates also helped in improving my template coding abilities. For more advance programming, Exceptional C++ by Sutter and C++ Programming by Bjarne Stroustrup are recommended. You can also throw in Scott Meyers book for support. Good references and code are also got from CUJ.
Student  Aug 29, 2003
In simple words,This book rocks ....

It Covers everything including STL.The concept of Classes is clearly explained through appropriate examples.
Though one may feel the editing is bad,it actually gives you the chance to revise the concepts you already studied, while going through the chapter.
so i think the editor did a good job.
It's certainly one of the best books i've read on C++.

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