Preface

Maybe I don't love C++ the same way I love my kids, nor even as much as climbing 10% smooth tarmac in 32° on the rivet,[1] although at times it does come close. But I do count myself blessed that I get to spend the parts of my life that are devoted to work in the practice of, to paraphrase Frederick P. Brooks, “creation by exertion of my imagination.” I consider myself doubly blessed that I have at my disposal the singularly powerful, dangerous, and spellbinding language that is C++.

That all sounds very hearts and flowers, but you may have picked up this book because the title suggests that it will be a beat-up of C++. Indeed, you may be an aficionado of Java, or C, or another of the popular major languages, and have seized on a copy of ...

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