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Section 28:
[28.7] What are some best-of-breed C++ programming-by-example guides?

Here's my personal (subjective and selective) short-list of must-read C++ programming-by-example guides:

  • Koenig and Moo, Accelerated C++, 336 pgs, Addison-Wesley, 2000, ISBN 0-201-70353-X. Lots of examples using the standard C++ library. Truly a programming-by-example book.
  • Musser and Saini, STL Tutorial and Reference Guide, Second Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2001, ISBN 0-201-037923-6. Lots of examples showing how to use the STL portion of the standard C++ library, plus lots of nitty gritty detail.