Preface to Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++, 2nd Edition -- Bjarne Stroustrup

programming-2e.jpgStroustrup's introduction to programming book has now been updated for modern C++. The Preface was posted on InformIT:

Preface to Bjarne Stroustrup's Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++, 2nd Edition

by Bjarne Stroustrup

From the preface:

This book is for someone who has never programmed before but is willing to work hard to learn. It helps you understand the principles and acquire the practical skills of programming using the C++ programming language. My aim is for you to gain sufficient knowledge and experience to perform simple useful programming tasks using the best up-to-date techniques. How long will that take? As part of a first-year university course, you can work through this book in a semester...

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Sameer Kotasthane said on May 8, 2014 11:46 AM:

Just exactly the thing that I was waiting
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Bjarne Stroustrup said on May 8, 2014 04:50 PM:

FYI: I have been told that amazon plans to start shipping June 2. Addison-Wesley usually ships a week or two before amazon.
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Tom Wood said on May 9, 2014 12:14 AM:

Do you know if there will be an eBook version this time? I prefer to avoid lugging around paper copies if possible.
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Bruno Marques said on May 9, 2014 03:32 AM:

@Tom Wood
There will be an ebook version at InformIT:
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Bjarne Stroustrup said on May 9, 2014 03:41 AM:

Thanks for answering the ebook question. I didn't know the answer grin. In all fairness, not everybody have been happy with the ebook versions of my books. The problem is that the books are designed with the assumption that you can see two full pages at a time. On a small screen, the code lines are too long, and if you can only see one "page" at a time, my efforts not to break code examples so that they run over onto a non-facing page are wasted. I prefer to read technical books on paper. That said, it does feel odd that my big books (TC++PL4 and PPP2, but not Tour++ and D&E) are heavier than the laptop on which they were written.
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Bruno Marques said on May 9, 2014 04:10 AM:

You're welcome smile
I will buy the ebook version because I only have time to read while travelling to work on the train, and then make the exercises at home. I wasn't aware you wrote the books assuming one would be able to read two pages at a time, but I'll make sure to read like that at home on a big screen.

By the way, pardon me for asking, do you recon there will be a special edition for the TC++PL regarding C++14 changes or it won't be necessary ? smile
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Bjarne Stroustrup said on May 9, 2014 04:44 AM:

I have no current plans for a C++14 edition of TC++PL4 or Tour++. The necessary changes wouldn't be major.
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links77 said on May 9, 2014 05:38 AM:

Oh how I have been waiting for this book. When Prof Stroustrup moved to Morgan Stanley I was afraid that we would never see a second edition, but here it is!