ISBN-10:
0321133544
ISBN-13:
9780321133540
Pub. Date:
09/14/2005
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Addison-Wesley
Beyond the C++ Standard Library: An Introduction to Boost / Edition 1

Beyond the C++ Standard Library: An Introduction to Boost / Edition 1

by Bjorn Karlsson

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ISBN-13: 9780321133540
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Publication date: 09/14/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Björn Karlsson works as a Senior Software Engineer at ReadSoft, where he spends most of his time designing and programming in C++. He has written a number of articles about C++ and the Boost libraries for publications such as C/C++ Users Journal, Overload, and the online journal The C++ Source.

The C++ Source and has been a member of the editorial board of C/C++ Users Journal, where he is also one of the columnists in the Experts Forum. He participates in the Boost newsgroups and is one of the Boost-Users moderators.

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PrefacePreface

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Beyond the C++ Standard Library: An Introduction to Boost.

If you are interested in generic programming, library design, and the C++ Standard Library, this book is for you. Because the intended audience for the book is intermediate to advanced C++ programmers, there is little coverage of basic C++ concepts. As the title suggests, the focus of this book is on the Boost libraries—general usage, best practices, implementation techniques, and design rationale.

Almost from the day I discovered Boost, the people behind it, and the extraordinary libraries in it, I've wanted to write this book. It is amazing that a language as mature as C++ still offers room for exploration into higher-level abstractions as well as technical detail, all without requiring changes to the language. Of course, this is what sets C++ apart from many other programming languages: It is specifically and intentionally designed for extension, and the language's facilities for generic constructs are extremely powerful. This exploration is at the core of the Boost libraries and the Boost community itself. Boost is about making programming in C++ more elegant, more robust, and more productive. As discoveries are made and best practices are shaped, a great challenge faces the C++ community; to share this knowledge with others. In isolation, there is limited value to these remarkable findings, but when exposed to a larger audience, a whole industry will evolve.

This book shows how to use a selection of the wonderfully useful Boost libraries, teaches best practices for their use, and even goes behind the scenes to see how they actually work. The Boost libraries' license grants permission to copy, use, and modify the software for any use (commercial and non-commercial), so all you need to do is visit www.boost.org and download the latest version.

For all the C++ Standard Library aficionados out there, it is well known that a new revision of the Standard Library is in progress. From a standardization point of view, there are three primary areas where the C++ Standard Library is likely to change:

  • Fixing broken libraries

  • Augmenting missing features to existing libraries

  • Adding libraries that provide functionality that is missing in the Standard Library

The Boost libraries address all of these areas in one way or another. Of the 12 libraries covered in this book, six have already been accepted for inclusion in the upcoming Library Technical Report, which means that they will most likely be part of the next version of the Standard Library. Thus, learning about these libraries has excellent long-term value. I hope that you will find this book to be a valuable tool for using, understanding, and extending the Boost libraries. From that vantage, you'll want to incorporate those libraries and the knowledge enshrined within them into your own designs and implementations. That's what I call reuse.

Thank you for reading.

Björn Karlsson

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Organization of This Book.

Introduction to Boost.

String and Text Processing

Data Structures, Containers, Iterators, and Algorithms

Function Objects and Higher-Order Programming

Generic Programming and Template Metaprogramming

Math and Numerics

Input/Output

Miscellaneous

I. GENERAL LIBRARIES.

Library 1: Smart_ptr.

How Does the Smart_ptr Library Improve Your Programs?

When Do We Need Smart Pointers?

How Does Smart_ptr Fit with the Standard Library?

scoped_ptr

scoped_array

shared_ptr

shared_array

intrusive_ptr

weak_ptr

Smart_ptr Summary

Library 2: Conversion.

How Does the Conversion Library Improve Your Programs?

polymorphic_cast

polymorphic_downcast

numeric_cast

lexical_cast

Conversion Summary

Library 3: Utility.

How Does the Utility Library Improve Your Programs?

BOOST_STATIC_ASSERT

checked_delete

noncopyable

addressof

enable_if

Utility Summary

Library 4: Operators.

How Does the Operators Library Improve Your Programs?

Operators

Usage

Operators Summary

Library 5: Regex.

How Does the Regex Library Improve Your Programs?

How Does Regex Fit with the Standard Library?

Regex

Usage

Regex Summary

II. CONTAINERS AND DATA STRUCTURES.

Library 6: Any.

How Does the Any Library Improve Your Programs?

How Does Any Fit with the Standard Library?

Any

Usage

Any Summary

Library 7: Variant.

How Does the Variant Library Improve Your Programs?

How Does Variant Fit with the Standard Library?

Variant

Usage

Variant Summary

Library 8: Tuple.

How Does the Tuple Library Improve Your Programs?

How Does the Tuple Library Fit with the Standard Library?

Tuple

Usage

Tuple Summary

III. FUNCTION OBJECTS AND HIGHER-ORDER PROGRAMMING.

Library 9: Bind.

How Does the Bind Library Improve Your Programs?

How Does Bind Fit with the Standard Library?

Bind

Usage

Bind Summary

Library 10: Lambda.

How Does the Lambda Library Improve Your Programs?

How Does Lambda Fit with the Standard Library?

Lambda

Usage

Lambda Summary

Library 11: Function.

How Does the Function Library Improve Your Programs?

How Does Function Fit with the Standard Library?

Function

Usage

Function Summary

Library 12: Signals.

How Does the Signals Library Improve Your Programs?

How Does Signals Fit with the Standard Library?

Signals

Usage

Signals Summary

Bibliography.

Index.

Preface

Preface

Preface

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Beyond the C++ Standard Library: An Introduction to Boost.

If you are interested in generic programming, library design, and the C++ Standard Library, this book is for you. Because the intended audience for the book is intermediate to advanced C++ programmers, there is little coverage of basic C++ concepts. As the title suggests, the focus of this book is on the Boost libraries—general usage, best practices, implementation techniques, and design rationale.

Almost from the day I discovered Boost, the people behind it, and the extraordinary libraries in it, I've wanted to write this book. It is amazing that a language as mature as C++ still offers room for exploration into higher-level abstractions as well as technical detail, all without requiring changes to the language. Of course, this is what sets C++ apart from many other programming languages: It is specifically and intentionally designed for extension, and the language's facilities for generic constructs are extremely powerful. This exploration is at the core of the Boost libraries and the Boost community itself. Boost is about making programming in C++ more elegant, more robust, and more productive. As discoveries are made and best practices are shaped, a great challenge faces the C++ community; to share this knowledge with others. In isolation, there is limited value to these remarkable findings, but when exposed to a larger audience, a whole industry will evolve.

This book shows how to use a selection of the wonderfully useful Boost libraries, teaches best practices for their use, and even goes behind the scenes to see how they actually work. The Boost libraries' license grants permission to copy, use, and modify the software for any use (commercial and non-commercial), so all you need to do is visit www.boost.org and download the latest version.

For all the C++ Standard Library aficionados out there, it is well known that a new revision of the Standard Library is in progress. From a standardization point of view, there are three primary areas where the C++ Standard Library is likely to change:

  • Fixing broken libraries

  • Augmenting missing features to existing libraries

  • Adding libraries that provide functionality that is missing in the Standard Library

The Boost libraries address all of these areas in one way or another. Of the 12 libraries covered in this book, six have already been accepted for inclusion in the upcoming Library Technical Report, which means that they will most likely be part of the next version of the Standard Library. Thus, learning about these libraries has excellent long-term value. I hope that you will find this book to be a valuable tool for using, understanding, and extending the Boost libraries. From that vantage, you'll want to incorporate those libraries and the knowledge enshrined within them into your own designs and implementations. That's what I call reuse.

Thank you for reading.

Björn Karlsson

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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