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

his book 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.

C++ Gotchas 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, 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.

Chapter 6 discusses how the various features of C++ are used together in memory management, how they sometimes interact in surprising ways, and how to simplify their interactions.

Download the PDF of Chapter 6: “Memory and Resource Management”

Reproduced from C++ Gotchas: Avoiding Common Problems in Coding and Design by permission of Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0321125185, copyright 2002. All rights reserved.

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