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Title:
C++ for Dummies (Quick Reference)
Author:
Namir Shammas
ISBN:
0 7645 0246 8
Publisher:
IDG
Pages:
226
Price:
£13-99
Reviewer:
Francis Glassborow
Subject:
beginner's c++
Appeared in:
10-6
The author of this book is rapidly creating an image in my mind of a poor man's Herbert Schildt. The index (well there is one, which puts him ahead of HS whose pocket reference doesn't) is packed with references such aseToday. In other words most of the index references function and variable names found in example code. I tried looking up things that might baffle those with enough knowledge of C++ to use a reference book. I looked up
explicit
and
mutable
but the author apparently does not know of them. I looked
namespace
and found the author's example declared an
enum 
bool
. Yes, he knows
bool
is a keyword but you will have to look elsewhere for that. I tried looking for a list of keywords (quite important if you are to ensure that you do not accidentally use one (like
and
) that your compiler does not yet know of) but I could not find one.

You would have to be a real dummy to use this book as a reference. Well perhaps that is a little harsh because some of the author's explanations are quite respectable, but I need more from a reference book.