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The C++ Programming Language, Fourth Edition by Bjarne Stroustrup

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Preface to the Third Edition

Programming is understanding.

– Kristen Nygaard

I find using C++ more enjoyable than ever. C++’s support for design and programming has improved dramatically over the years, and lots of new helpful techniques have been developed for its use. However, C++ is not just fun. Ordinary practical programmers have achieved significant improvements in productivity, maintainability, flexibility, and quality in projects of just about any kind and scale. By now, C++ has fulfilled most of the hopes I originally had for it, and also succeeded at tasks I hadn’t even dreamt of.

This book introduces standard C++ and the key programming and design techniques supported by C++. Standard C++ is a far more powerful and polished language ...

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