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A guest post by Peter Gordon, Publishing Partner, Addison-Wesley Professional. Peter writes here about one of his many prominent authors, Bjarne Stroustrup. He is also the go-to editor for questions about Don Knuth’s The Art of Computer Programming (although he will deny writing this line himself).

Most C++ programmers know that Bjarne Stroustrup is the inventor of that programming language. But not everyone knows how to pronounce his Danish name. Bjarne explains how, in his typically precise style, on his website.

“It can be difficult for non-Scandinavians. The best suggestion I have heard yet was ‘start by saying it a few times in Norwegian, then stuff a potato down your throat and do it again :-)’”

A WAV file, plus some phonetic elaboration, can be found on that website as well, which, speaking as a non-Scandanavian who watches his carbs, I personally find more useful.

The C++ Programming LanguageStill fewer people know into how many languages Bjarne’s authoritative book, The C++ Programming Language, has been translated. I count twenty-one so far. And, in case the following news is of interest to anyone reading this blog, a recently-licensed translation into Kazakh will make it twenty-two. Want to try to name them all? Hint: Serbo-Croatian counts as one, but Chinese counts as two.

Of course, these lesser-known facts simply add color to what’s far more widely recognized: that Bjarne’s book is essential reading for any serious C++ programmer, even more so today with the newly-defined C++11 standard. This latest version of the language is clearly and thoroughly covered in the book’s new fourth edition, now available on Safari Books Online. Read it freely and enjoy; knowledge needn’t be stuffed down anyone’s throat.

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