Part One. Fundamentals

In a cycling road race, the first hour or so of racing is generally pretty steady, with all the riders feeling their way into the race, warming up overtrained muscles, taking on board a last few calories, planning their strategies and tactics for the coming hours, and renewing acquaintances with friends and colleagues who they may not have seen for some time.

The first part of your journey with Imperfect C++ will be in a similar vein. You'll meet several things that you already know, or at least have heard of, many of which will be important to remember in later parts of the book. The pace is measured, the tone is optimistic—we have the whole road ahead of us, after all—and there shouldn't be too many contentious bumps in ...

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