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20.1 Introduction to the Standard Template Library (STL)

We’ve repeatedly emphasized the importance of software reuse. Recognizing that many data structures and algorithms commonly are used by C++ programmers, the C++ standard committee added the Standard Template Library (STL) to the C++ Standard Library. The STL defines powerful, template-based, reusable components that implement many common data structures and algorithms used to process those data structures. The STL offers proof of concept for generic programming with templates—introduced in Chapter 14, Templa...

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