Top positive review
An excellent book. Two thumbs up.
February 12, 2016
This is a very well written book. I'm an experienced programmer (C# and I have had experience with C++ a few years back, but nothing too serious), so it's hard for me to judge this from a beginner's perspective; however, my experience gives me a bit of an insight into what a book should include and how the material should be structured. I know what I want to get out of a book and so it makes it easy for me to judge whether that requirement has been fulfilled. I must say that this book has managed well in every aspect. It does a good job of explaining things well enough, without making it all too dry and boring. Many books do a poor job of focusing too much on some topics to the point where it's unbearable to read them, while failing to cover certain topics in any reasonable detail. I haven't had any issues with this one. It's a pretty thick book (~900 pages of actual material) and it does a good job of putting it all together. It feels like it was written by real working human beings, rather than some academic poindexter with no real-life experience. There's no pointless humor and at the same time there is absolutely no attempt at sounding superior in any of explanations in attempt to impress the reader. This book is a very easy read. I am incredibly picky on books and it's not easy to please me -- I haven't found any faults worth of mentioning with this book. I don't think a beginner will have too much difficulty with this book and I definitely think that experienced programmers wanting to brush up on their C++ will get a lot out of this. This thing will stay in my library (it's a shame there's no hardcover version, I enjoy those).
As a tip to any beginners, read through the book lightly for the first time. What I mean is that don't attempt to understand everything right away and don't focus too much on the details. Make a note of the areas you had difficulty understanding, do a slight research to see if you can grasp it right away, but don't focus on that too much. You'll be surprised how much of the earlier information will become clear and a second nature to you as you progress further. Once you're done with your first read-through, go back and see if you still don't understand any of the areas you've marked down. I'm sure that you'll be able to eliminate many of them. At this point, focus heavily on the areas you still have difficulty with. Of course, results will vary and not everyone learns the same way, but this has worked out very well for me. That's how I study for everything. I read through any material very lightly the firs time around, to get the general feeling and find the areas I'll be focusing on, and then go back to focus on those details. This strategy helped me maintain 4.0 in Computer Science, so the results are real (but once again, it may vary by person).