Top critical review
The perfect book for people who already know C++
January 21, 2020
Bought the book because it came highly recommended by experts. Also the author, Bjarne Stroustroup, is the original author of C++. Who could POSSIBLY know C++ better than the author of the language? Well, no one. But the real issue from my perspective is:
Does this book actually help a newbie learn C++?
The answer to that question, sadly, is NO. Prof. Stroustroup has written this book for C++ experts. He glosses over issues like--what operating system to use, what IDE to use, what are the differences between various C++ environments, what issues could trip-up a newbie programmer etc. The entire book is littered with 3-line code fragments that beautifully illustrate a specific language feature, but you cannot easily take those 3-line code fragments and do anything useful with them unless you're already an expert C++ developer.
All this begs the question--why buy this book if you're trying to learn C++. Let the experts buy it and heap 5* ratings on it.