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Title:
Object Oriented Programming with C++ 2ed
Author:
David Parsons
ISBN:
1 85805 232 7
Publisher:
Letts
Pages:
390pp
Price:
£11-95
Reviewer:
Francis Glassborow
Subject:
object oriented; beginner's c++; modelling languages
Appeared in:
10-3
This book will seem attractive at first sight. The price is excellent, the presentation plan seems to be better than average and this edition concludes with a chapter on object-oriented analysis and design including a case study in UML. You might think the latter guaranteed that the book was up-to-date. Unfortunately that is not the case. As far as I can see all the author has done is to clean up a little detail and tack UML on as an afterthought.

You will find nothing here about exceptions, namespaces, the STL or any of the other of the features of modern C++ that make it so much more than C with classes. The author spends a few pages on templates but that is about it.

This is one of those cases where you pay little to get little. Unfortunately this will be a popular book with students who are severely cash limited. That will mean that we will have another substantial group of people who mistakenly think they know how to program in C++.