The C++ Standard Library, 2nd Edition

The Best-Selling C++ Resource. Now Updated for C++11

The C++ standard library provides a set of common classes and interfaces that greatly extend the core C++ language. The library, however, is not self-explanatory. To make full use of its components–and to benefit from their power–you need a resource that does far more than list the classes and their functions.

The C++ Standard Library: A Tutorial and Reference, Second Edition, describes this library as now incorporated into the new ANSI/ISO C++ language standard (C++11). The book provides comprehensive documentation of each library component, including an introduction to its purpose and design; clearly written explanations of complex concepts; the practical programming details needed for effective use; traps and pitfalls; the exact signature and definition of the most important classes and functions; and numerous examples of working code. The book focuses in particular on the Standard Template Library (STL), examining containers, iterators, function objects, and STL algorithms.

The book covers all the new C++11 library components, including

  • Concurrency
  • Fractional arithmetic
  • Clocks and timers
  • Tuples
  • New STL containers
  • New STL algorithms
  • New smart pointers
  • New locale facets
  • Random numbers and distributions
  • Type traits and utilities
  • Regular expressions

The book also examines the new C++ programming style and its effect on the standard library, including lambdas, range-based for  loops, move semantics, and variadic templates.

An accompanying Web site, including source code, can be found at

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. About This Book
Chapter 2. Introduction to C++ and the Standard Library
Chapter 4. General Concepts
Chapter 5. Utilities
Chapter 6. The Standard Template Library
Chapter 7. STL Containers
Chapter 8. STL Container Members in Detail
Chapter 9. STL Iterators
Chapter 10. STL Function Objects and Using Lambdas
Chapter 11. STL Algorithms
Chapter 12. Special Containers
Chapter 13. Strings
Chapter 14. Regular Expressions
Chapter 15. Input/Output Using Stream Classes
Chapter 16. Internationalization
Chapter 17. Numerics
Chapter 18. Concurrency
Chapter 19. Allocators

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 1128 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2nd Edition (March 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321623215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321623218
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  1. hamid says:

    Awesome book!
    Is PDF inlcluded?

  2. caleb666 says:

    Thanks, been waiting for this one!

  3. adams says:

    Excellent, but it’s going to take some corage to tackle 1200pages 😛

  4. hamid says:

    Yep it’s included 😛

  5. I started learning C++ in high school as an introductory course. I definitely need to dust up on my skills.

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