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More Effective C++ by Scott Meyers

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Chapter . Introduction

These are heady days for C++ programmers. Commercially available less than a decade, C++ has nevertheless emerged as the language of choice for systems programming on nearly all major computing platforms. Companies and individuals with challenging programming problems increasingly embrace the language, and the question faced by those who do not use C++ is often when they will start, not if. Standardization of C++ is complete, and the breadth and scope of the accompanying library — which both dwarfs and subsumes that of C — makes it possible to write rich, complex programs without sacrificing portability or implementing common algorithms and data structures from scratch. C++ compilers continue to proliferate, the features ...

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