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Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours, fifth edition by Rogers Cadenhead, Jesse Liberty

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Hour 2. Organizing the Parts of a Program

Although it recently turned 30, the C++ programming language has aged a lot better than some other things that came out in the late 1970s. Unlike disco, oil embargoes, shag carpet, and avocado-colored refrigerators, C++ is still in vogue today. It remains a world-class programming language.

The reason for its surprising longevity is that C++ makes it possible to create fast executing programs with a small amount of code that can run on a variety of computing environments. Today’s C++ programming tools enable the creation of complex and ...

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