21WRITING APPLICATIONS

For a bunch of hairless apes, we’ve actually managed to invent some pretty incredible things.—Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

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This chapter contains a potpourri of important topics that will add to your practical understanding of C++ by teaching you the basics of building real-world applications. It begins with a discussion of program support built into C++ that allows you to interact with the application life cycle. Next, you’ll learn about Boost ProgramOptions, an excellent library for developing console applications. It contains facilities to accept input from users without your having to reinvent the wheel. Additionally, ...

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