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C++ Fundamentals

By : Antonio Mallia, Francesco Zoffoli
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C++ Fundamentals

By: Antonio Mallia, Francesco Zoffoli

Overview of this book

C++ Fundamentals begins by introducing you to the C++ compilation model and syntax. You will then study data types, variable declaration, scope, and control flow statements. With the help of this book, you'll be able to compile fully working C++ code and understand how variables, references, and pointers can be used to manipulate the state of the program. Next, you will explore functions and classes — the features that C++ offers to organize a program — and use them to solve more complex problems. You will also understand common pitfalls and modern best practices, especially the ones that diverge from the C++98 guidelines. As you advance through the chapters, you'll study the advantages of generic programming and write your own templates to make generic algorithms that work with any type. This C++ book will guide you in fully exploiting standard containers and algorithms, understanding how to pick the appropriate one for each problem. By the end of this book, you will not only be able to write efficient code but also be equipped to improve the readability, performance, and maintainability of your programs.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)
C++ Fundamentals


In this chapter, we saw the powerful features C++ offers to implement functions.

We started by discussing why functions are useful and what they can be used for, and then we dove into how to declare and define them.

We analyzed different ways of accepting parameters and returning values, how to make use of local variables, and then explored how to improve the safety and convenience of calling them with const and default arguments.

Finally, we saw how functions can be organized in namespaces and the ability to give the same name to different functions that implement the same concept, making the calling code not have to think about which version to call.

In the next chapter, we will look at how to create classes and how they are used in C++ to make building complex programs easy and safe.