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The Top 20 C++ Tips of All Time

What makes these tips special is that the information they provide usually cannot be found in C++ books or Web sites. For example, pointers to members are one of the most evasive, tricky, and bug-prone issues for even advanced users.


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he following tips are a collection of general hands-on techniques and recondite pieces of knowledge not associated with a specific platform, programming domain, or compiler. As such, they can be of use to all C++ programmers. I grouped the tips into five major categories: general guidelines for coding style, memory management, performance enhancement, object-oriented design, and the Standard Template Library (STL).

What makes these tips special is that the information they provide usually cannot be found in C++ books or Web sites. For example, pointers to members are one of the most evasive, tricky, and bug-prone issues for even advanced users. Yet, they are a widely used C++ feature. Likewise, the discussion on STL terminology and iterator categories is another example of useful yet evasive information that isn't readily available, unless you're an STL expert.

The tips herein do not only explain how to write better code, but rather, they present the rationale behind the new language rules. Obviously, there are many other perennial good tips that C++ programmers can benefit from. However, I'm sure that this collection will provide you with many insights and guidelines for professional, efficient, and bug-free C++while teaching you some new coding and design techniques.



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