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C++ Pocket Reference Kyle Loudon
Published by O'Reilly and Associates
ISBN:0-596-00496-6
138 pages
£ 8.95
Published: 30th May 2003
reviewed by John Collins
   in the December 2003 issue (pdf), (html)
bookcover  

This is a pocket reference for C++ describing the ``Syntax and Fundamentals''. It gives a fairly comprehensive tour of the language syntax and semantics with some very brief examples.

Obviously in a book this size the author has to leave out a fair amount of detail and opinions will vary as to whether the details omitted are less important than those included. I rather felt it rushed too fast through operators and templates and laboured things like examples of literal constants.

The thing that really jumped out at me as missing was all but the most trivial description of the standard library which is an essential part of the C++ language.

I'm not convinced that anyone would be well advised to try to learn C++ syntax from a book like this and even the more experienced programmer who wanted to use a more esoteric feature of the language would want to go to a more expansive book that covered all aspects of the topic in question with lots of worked examples.

I think this book would be of limited use as it stands.

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