Introduction

We imagine that most people come to C++ for one of two reasons. In the first group are those that have C++ thrust upon them, in school or at work. In the second group are those with an interest in writing software who think that C++ may just be the right tool for the job. In either case, you won’t be disappointed—in the language or in this book.

C++ has been around for years and, despite the arrival of newcomers like Java and C#, is still one of the top dogs when it comes to software development. The heaviest of the heavyweights—Microsoft, Adobe, Sun, Intel, Amazon.com, Google, Apple, Nokia—all use C++ to some extent. The language is relatively easy to use (especially when learning it using an introductory text like this one) and ...

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