This is a remarkable book, but it wasn't until I had nearly finished reading it that I realized just how remarkable it is. This could well be the first book ever written for people who are already familiar with C++—all of C++. From language features to components of the standard library to programming techniques, this book skips from topic to topic, always keeping you slightly off balance, always making sure you're paying attention. Just like real C++ programs. Class design bumps into the behavior of virtual functions, iterator conventions run up against name lookup rules, assignment operators sideswipe exception safety, compilation dependencies cross paths with exported templates. Just like they do in real programs. The result is a dizzying ...

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