Ray Lischner began his career as a software developer, but dropped out of the corporate rat race to become an author. He started using C++ in the late 1980s, working at a company that was rewriting its entire product line in C++. Over the years, he has witnessed the evolution of C++ from cfront to native compilers to integrated development environments to visual, component-based tools. Ray has taught C++ at Oregon State University. He is the author of Delphi in a Nutshell and O'Reilly's upcoming C++ in a Nutshell, as well as other books.
STL Pocket Referenceby Ray Lischner
The STL Pocket Reference describes the functions, classes, and templates in that part of the C++ standard library often referred to as the Standard Template Library (STL). The STL encompasses containers, iterators, algorithms, and function objects, which collectively represent one of the most important and widely used subsets of standard library/i>
The STL Pocket Reference describes the functions, classes, and templates in that part of the C++ standard library often referred to as the Standard Template Library (STL). The STL encompasses containers, iterators, algorithms, and function objects, which collectively represent one of the most important and widely used subsets of standard library functionality.The C++ standard library, even the subset known as the STL, is vast. It's next to impossible to work with the STL without some sort of reference at your side to remind you of template parameters, function invocations, return typesindeed, the entire myriad of details you need to know in order to use the STL effectively and get work done. You need a memory-aid.Books that cover the standard library and the STL tend to be quite heavy and large, describing each aspect of the STL in detail. Such books are great when you're not familiar with the library, but get in the way when you simply need to remind yourself of a function name, or the order in which you pass arguments to a function. Programmers familiar with the STL need a small, lightweight memory-aid. That's what the STL Pocket Reference is. It's small, lightweight, and chock-full of information that you can take in at a glance, so you can get on with your work.
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Cute, if I may use that term for a computer book! Hopefully, you already are familiar with the constructs described in this nifty little guide. Priority queues, queues, sets, iterators ... The book is strictly an aid to memory. You might consider it the hardcopy kin to online manual pages on each term. Which raises the question. If you have the equivalent information already on your computer, why should you get this book? For some, there is in fact no need. But a surprising (and ironic) number of programmers still prefer hardcopy by their desktops. There is still something appealing about the combined visual, tactile and random access of a good concise reference book which trumps a screen, though we all write to the latter nowadays.