Not very often do I find a book that is so good, that I would consider anyone’s programming library incomplete without it. If your a C/C++ programmer and you don’t have a Jamsa’s C/C++ Programmer’s Bible on your shelf, what’s the matter with you? Few reference books have I used as much as this one. Need to look up some obscure note in C/C++, this is the book for you. It contains C and C++ examples with great explanations on how to use.
The examples they use through out the book are simple, straightforward and focused examples. No embellishments just great examples of the topic. I don’t have any other books on languages that I have used like this one. Usually I read them, learn the language and may reference back on occasion.
One of my main uses was to keep my shelf from getting stale. I find developers tend to follow the same old patterns on their development and often don’t branch out to other ways of doing things. Refreshing my mind on the topics in this book, I was able to keep things fresh in my mind and use different approaches to things. It provides excellent coverage of both C and C++.
There is a newer version of this book, I have not had a chance to see it or review it. I have been told it is as solid as the original, so worth checking out.
Now Java could really use a book like this. With the many new features added in the last couple of versions it’s hard to keep up with them all. A solid reference book on those would be extremely handy.
I am giving this book 4 1/2 Yoda’s, as great as it is, it looses half a Yoda, because of it’s weight! Weighing twice my laptop is not easy to carry around!