The book opens with some hints for porting code from C to C++ and then moves on to the proper use of the new and delete operators in C++ for more robust memory management. The text then proceeds to class design, including the proper use of constructors, destructors, and overloaded operator functions for assignment within classes. (These guidelines ensure that you will create custom C++ classes that are fully functional data types, which can be copied and assigned just like built-in C++ classes.)
The author also provides a handful of suggestions for general class design, including strategies for using different types of inheritance and encapsulation. Never doctrinaire and always intelligent, these guidelines can make your C++ classes more robust and easier to maintain. --Richard Dragan
Effective C++ CD is the HTML (Netscape-oriented) version of Scott Meyers' previous two works, Effective C++, Second Edition and More Effective C++. Additionally, five supplementary magazine articles appear in the collection. There are also links to relevant material on the Web which that been added to the current edition and which did not appear in the print edition.
Scott Meyers' work is so well known as scarcely to need introduction. Respect for his C++ acumen and pedagogic skills is so widespread that I was prepared to thoroughly detest his work, which I have encountered often but barely deigned to read to date.
On close examination, I find Meyers' books to be superb.
Of the 50 catechismic "Items" in the body of Effective C++, the vast majority are of critical importance to solid C++ programming. Virtually everything Scott Meyers suggests on these subjects is germane and practical. Where one could conceivably differ with Meyers' approach, his is nevertheless an entirely sound approach.
The second volume, More Effective C++, is cast in the same mold as the first volume. Here the discussion of 35 further "Items" tends to devolve somewhat towards matters of style. However, these are still critical issues being raised that the intermediate C++ programmer must confront sooner or later, athey are shipped too early. They fail because they arenthey are shipped too early. They fail because they arens presented in Meyers' rich and sympathetic tutorial prose. --Jack Woehr, Dr. Dobb's Journal -- Dr. Dobb's Journal
I was a little hesitant to buy this, given its publication date. Let me encourage you to buy it without delay, and the sequel, and/or the CD! Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Joy L. Getha
Like its predecessor, C++ has been about making the machine do more, more efficiently. For anyone who continues to relearn and expand their craft, this book is an excellent peek... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004 by Eric
Everything has been said about this book. It's simple, well structured, and probably the best thing it has is that it doesn't teach you how to code in C++ (that's up to you); it... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Juan Alday
I liked this book a lot. It is something you could finish reading in a day or two and would help you more than the time you spent reading it. Read morePublished on May 15 2003
If you're C++ developer, you should not miss this book.
Before I read this book, I was reading the Scott articles on Internet. Read more
It is really scary to be a C++ programmer and having to collaborate with people that havent read this book. It is literally like difusing a time bomb. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2002 by Felix Matathias
This book contains a list of no less that 50 pratical tips for the C++ programmer. These tips are basically just common sense, and the advanced C++ will already know the vast... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002 by Jacob Marner
What sets this book apart from many others is its direction, style, readability and brevity. I guess Scott Meyers should be one of those most gifted authors the readability of whom... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Vijay Krishna