C++ Gotchas: Avoiding Common Problems in Coding and Design

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Addison-Wesley Professional, Nov 26, 2002 - Computers - 352 pages

C++ Gotchas is the professional programmer's guide to avoiding and correcting ninety-nine of the most common, destructive, and interesting C++ design and programming errors. It also serves as an inside look at the more subtle C++ features and programming techniques.

This book discusses basic errors present in almost all C++ code, as well as complex mistakes in syntax, preprocessing, conversions, initialization, memory and resource management, polymorphism, class design, and hierarchy design. Each error and its repercussions are explained in context, and the resolution of each problem is detailed and demonstrated.

Author Stephen Dewhurst supplies readers with idioms and design patterns that can be used to generate customized solutions for common problems. Readers will also learn more about commonly misunderstood features of C++ used in advanced programming and design. A companion Web site, located at http://www.semantics.org, includes detailed code samples from the book.

Readers will discover:

  • How to escape both common and complex traps associated with C++
  • How to produce more reusable, maintainable code
  • Advanced C++ programming techniques
  • Nuances of the C++ language

C++ Gotchas shows how to navigate through the greatest dangers in C++ programming, and gives programmers the practical know-how they need to gain expert status.


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Chapter 1 Basics
Chapter 2 Syntax
Chapter 3 The Preprocessor
Chapter 4 Conversions
Chapter 5 Initialization
Chapter 6 Memory and Resource Management
Chapter 7 Polymorphism
Chapter 8 Class Design
Chapter 9 Hierarchy Design

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Stephen C. Dewhurst was among the first users of C++ at Bell Labs. He has more than twenty years of experience in applying C++ to problem areas such as compiler design, securities trading, e-commerce, and embedded telecommunications. He is the author and coauthor of several books on C++ and is a member of the advisory board for The C++ Source, a contributing editor for C/C++ Users Journal, and a former columnist for C++ Report. He is also the author of two C++ compilers and numerous articles on compiler design and C++ programming techniques.


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