So far we have introduced the basic concept of templates in C++. ... This is necessary because, inside the C++ community (and even in the standard), ...
Author: David Vandevoorde
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Templates are among the most powerful features of C++, but they are too often neglected, misunderstood, and misused. C++ Templates: The Complete Guide provides software architects and engineers with a clear understanding of why, when, and how to use templates to build and maintain cleaner, faster, and smarter software more efficiently. C++ Templates begins with an insightful tutorial on basic concepts and language features. The remainder of the book serves as a comprehensive reference, focusing first on language details, then on a wide range of coding techniques, and finally on advanced applications for templates. Examples used throughout the book illustrate abstract concepts and demonstrate best practices. Readers learn The exact behaviors of templates How to avoid the pitfalls associated with templates Idioms and techniques, from the basic to the previously undocumented How to reuse source code without threatening performance or safety How to increase the efficiency of C++ programs How to produce more flexible and maintainable software This practical guide shows programmers how to exploit the full power of the template features in C++. The companion Web site at http://www.josuttis.com/tmplbook/ contains sample code and additional updates.