Safe C++

Author: Vladimir Kushnir
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 142
ISBN: 978-1449320935
Ebook: 978-1449321352
Audience: Beginner/Mid Level
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Bill Cunningham

 

A short book on avoiding the pitfalls that can happen to the average C++ programmer in the course of writing code

Author: Vladimir Kushnir
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 142
ISBN: 978-1449320935
Ebook: 978-1449321352
Audience: Beginner/Mid Level
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Bill Cunningham

 

This short book could best be described as a HOW-TO in avoiding the pitfalls that can happen to the average C++ programmer in the course of writing code. Helpful tips and examples demonstrate the concepts clearly.

 

 

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Some of the chapters are short, very short. and the book could have been better organized in a more cookbook or quick reference style. The author introduces his own template class to assist the developer in catching errors in the compiler. However some of the advice given is a little on the obvious side of things for the more experienced developers who have been bitten by these mistakes early in their careers. For example, the author suggests to avoid using the new[] operator and instead use the template vector, sound advice if you can do that and can afford the speed hit. Also his suggestion of using smart pointers, while brief, is very useful for those writing non-trivial production programs.

If I were developing a curriculum for C++ students, I would strongly suggest this book to assist in learning the language. Intermediate and beginning developers will benefit more from the book than the highly experienced developers.

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Core Java Volume I Fundamentals

Author: Cay S. Horstmann & Gary Cornell 
Publisher: Prentice Hall, 9th ed
Pages: 1008
ISBN: 978-0137081899
Audience: All Java programmers
Rating: 4.5
Reviewed by: Alex Armstrong

This ninth edition is a revised and updated incarnation of classic - but this is no reason not to review it.



3D Printing: Build Your Own 3D Printer and Print Your Own 3D Objects

Author:James Floyd Kelly
Publisher: Que
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-0789752352
Audience: Newcomers to 3D printing
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Harry Fairhead

3D printing is still all the rage and there are lots of people who could be enticed to get involved. Is this a good place to start?


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