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9 of the Best Free C++ Books - Part 2

9 of the Best Free C Books - Part 2

4. C++ In Action - Industrial-Strength Programming Techniques

C++ In Action
Author Bartosz Milewski
Format HTML
Pages 485

C++ In Action progresses through object-oriented programming and language features specific to C++, techniques for modifying programs, the Windows programming paradigm, and the large-scale aspects of software development. The author covers the standard template library, resource management, exception handling, and encapsulating the Windows API into C++ classes, namespaces, and templates.

You might be a beginner who wants to learn C++. You might be a student who wants to supplement his or college education. You might be a new programmer who is trying to make a transition from the academic to the industrial environment. Or you might be a seasoned programmer in search of new ideas. C++ In Action should satisfy you no matter what category you find yourself in.

Topics include:

  • Global Scope - Class definition, object definition, constructor, destructor, output stream, include, main
  • Local Scope - Scope of main, passing arguments to constructors, integer type. Private data members, initialization, embedded local scopes, the for loop
  • Embedded Objects - Embeddings, initialization of embeddings, order of construction/destruction
  • Inheritance - Public inheritance, initialization of the base class, order of construction/destruction, type double
  • Member Functions and Interfaces - Input stream, member functions (methods), return values, interfaces, functions returning void
  • Member Function Scope - Member function scope, strings as arrays of chars, calling other member functions
  • Types - Built in types, typedefs
  • Abstract Data Types - Abstract data types, include files, non-inline member functions, assertions
  • Exercises
  • Techniques:
    • The Cleanup
    • Hiding Implementation Details
    • Sharing
    • Removing Limitations
    • Resource Management
    • Making Use of Standard Template Library
    • Serialization and Deserialization
    • Overloading operator new

5. C++: A Dialog

C++ A Dialog
Author Steve Heller
Format HTML
Pages 1122

C++: A Dialog, formerly published by Prentice-Hall, is a tutorial book on standard C++ that requires no prior knowledge of programming.

This book uses real-life examples to illustrate concepts in the language, rather than artificial, unrealistic examples that do not provide any guidance as to how to use these concepts in real programs. 

The book concentrates on the computer programming basics that novice programmers need as a foundation for learning how to write programs in the real world. It does not to teach every detail of the C++ language but provides you with the basics.

Chapters explore:

  • Hardware Fundamentals
  • Basics of Programming
  • More Basics
  • Functional Literacy
  • Taking Inventory
  • Creating a Homegrown string class
  • Finishing our homegrown string class
  • Inheritance
  • Polymorphism
  • The Home Inventory Project

The author had the help of a real, live novice in writing the book, to help ensure that points that are not clear to novices will be covered thoroughly. C++: A Dialog includes a commercial grade compiler that can be used to produce real programs. Heller uses a light writing style, to avoid "textbook boredom".

6. An Introduction to Design Patterns in C++ with Qt

An Introduction to Design Patterns in C++ with Qt

Author Alan Ezust, Paul Ezust
Format HTML
Pages 1f612

This fully updated, classroom-tested book teaches C++ “The Qt Way,” emphasizing design patterns and efficient reuse. Readers will master both the C++ language and Qt libraries, as they learn to develop maintainable software with well-defined code layers and simple, reusable classes and functions.

Every chapter of this edition has been improved with new content, better organization, or both. Readers will find extensively revised coverage of QObjects, Reflection, Widgets, Main Windows, Models and Views, Databases, Multi-Threaded Programming, and Reflection. This edition introduces the powerful new Qt Creator IDE; presents new multimedia APIs; and offers extended coverage of Qt Designer and C++ Integration. It has been restructured to help readers start writing software immediately and write robust, effective software sooner.

The authors introduce several new design patterns, add many quiz questions and labs, and present more efficient solutions relying on new Qt features and best practices. They also provide an up-to-date C++ reference section and a complete application case study.

  • Master C++ keywords, literals, identifiers, declarations, types, and type conversions.
  • Understand classes and objects, organize them, and describe their interrelationships.
  • Learn consistent programming style and naming rules
  • Use lists, functions, and other essential techniques
  • Define inheritance relationships to share code and promote reuse
  • Learn how code libraries are designed, built, and reused
  • Work with QObject, the base class underlying much of Qt
  • Build graphical user interfaces with Qt widgetsUse templates to write generic functions and classes
  • Master advanced reflective programming techniques
  • Use the Model-View framework to cleanly separate data and GUI classes
  • Validate input using regular expressions and other techniques
  • Parse XML data with SAX, DOM, and QXmlStreamReader
  • Master today’s most valuable creational and structural design patterns
  • Create, use, monitor, and debug processes and threads
  • Access databases with Qt’s SQL classes
  • Manage memory reliably and efficiently
  • Understand how to effectively manage QThreads and use QtConcurrent algorithms.

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