C++ in a Nutshell packs an enormous amount of information on C++ (and the many libraries used with it) in an indispensable quick reference for those who live in a deadline-driven world and need the facts but not the frills. Cross-references link related methods, classes, and other key features. This is an ideal resource for students as well as professional programmers.
C++ in a Nutshell is a reference to the C++ language and library. Being a Nutshell guide, it is not a comprehensive manual, but it is complete enough to cover everything a working professional needs to know. Nonetheless, C++ is such a large and complex language that even this Nutshell guide is a large book.
This book covers the C++ standard, the international standard published as ISO/IEC 14882:1998(E), Programming Languages-C++, plus Technical Corrigendum 1. Many implementations of C++ extend the language and standard library. Except for brief mentions of language and library extensions in the appendixes, this book covers only the standard. The standard library is large-it includes strings, containers, common algorithms, and much more-but it omits much that is commonplace in computing today: concurrency, network protocols, database access, graphics, windows, and so on. See Appendix B for information about nonstandard libraries that provide additional functionality.
This book is a reference. It is not a tutorial. Newcomers to C++ might find portions of this book difficult to understand. Although each section contains some advice on idioms and the proper use of certain language constructs, the main focus is on the reference material. Visit http://www.tempest-sw.com/cpp/ for links to sites and lists of books that are better suited for beginners.