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Extended STL, Volume 1: Collections and Iterators by Matthew Wilson

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Prologue

 

Is every language fated to push at the complexity barrier until it falls over in a heap?

 
 --Adam Connor
 

If something is hard to use, I just don’t use it as much.

 
 --Melanie Krug

A Dichotomy of Character

Late in the preparation of my first book, Imperfect C++, I proposed this book to my editor and confidently pronounced that it would be easy, would consist entirely of readily digestible content, would take me less than six months, and would be so thin it would slide easily between two layers of abstraction. As I write this, it has been twenty months since the original deadline for a final manuscript delivery, and what I had expected to be a slim volume of 16–20 chapters has morphed into two volumes, the first of which consists of 43 chapters ...

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