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23. The Standard Template Library

Will Briggs
Lynchburg, VA, USA
Should every programmer make his/her own vector class, list class, and so on? Oh, of course not. So some time back the Standard Template Library (STL) was developed and put into the standard. In STL you’ll find containers like list and vector; strings, as we already use them; and commonly needed functions like swap, find, and copy.
You’ll also find an annoying emphasis on efficiency. I say “annoying” because STL promotes efficiency by disabling things you may want to do that are inefficient. For instance, if you want to use operator[] with a list you can forget it: it takes too long ...

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