7+ Best C++ Books For Becoming A C++ Expert

Finding good C++book is a tough job for a beginner. There are so many options to choose from. Heck, you can get hundreds of books on just one single sub-section of C++.

To make things work, today, we will list the best C++ book. You can choose any book and it all depends on what you are looking for. Beginners would love a simple book that focuses on them, whereas any intermediate C++ programmer will try to find a high-level book.

History of C++

C++ is the brainchild of Bjarne Stroustrup. He is a well-known Danish Scientist. The main idea of C++ development is done at Bell Labs in the 1980s.

At first, it was called, “C with classes” and then later on changed to C++.

At that time, C was a popular programming language(it is still a popular programming language), but it didn’t support any object oriented paradigms. To use the power of C and object oriented, C++ was born.

The new name C++ was adopted in 1983. The latest C++ standard was released in mid-2011.

Features of C++

C++ is a complete object oriented language and it comes with a lot of advantages over C. The main features of C++ include the following.

  • Supports classes
  • Inheritance
  • Dynamic Binding
  • Message Passing
  • Polymorphism
  • Data Abstraction and encapsulation

Top C++ Books 2015

Without wasting much time, let’s get started with best C++ books.

The C++ Programming language by Branje Stroustrup

The C++ programming language book is written by the original creator and implementer of C++, Branje Stroustrup, and this makes the book an amazing choice for your learning path.

The book has several code examples and the code is as efficient as possible.

With the right set of tutorials and text, you get the best out of the book. The book also discusses key design techniques and standard libraries.

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A Tour of C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup

Yet another book from the legend Bjarne Stroustrup. The book is more focused on coders who already know C++ or already have some experience in programming.

The book contains 180 pages, but don’t judge by the number of pages. It is an excellent book and you should grab it for enhancing your C++ knowledge.

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C++ Primer Plus by Stephan Prata

C++ Primer Plus is written by Stephan Prata.

If you are a beginner and want to get you stuff about C++ right, the book is for you. The book covers every single aspect of C++ that a C++ programmer should know. It also makes sure that good examples are used to teach the student about the different concepts of C++.

The book is also great for working professionals as it has something new for everyone who is associated with C++.

It a big book, consisting of 1200 pages and contains a lot of stuff about C++. The author has updated the book frequently and included the latest standards for C++.

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Jumping into C++ by Alex Allain

Alex Allain is a well know C++ programmer and he used his knowledge and expertise to bring the best for the beginner programmers of C++. The book is aimed for those who have never coded in C++.

The book follows easy steps to teach you a basic idea of programming with C++. The most important step in teaching beginners to get them familiar with technical terms. Once they are familiar with technical terms, they can easily learn from the book.

The language is simple and it tries to explain the language in a layman way. The book also includes lessons for practicing. It also has quizzes so that you can check your knowledge.

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Beginning C++ Through Game Programming By Dawson

Game programming is one of the most wanted jobs among the graduates, and if you want to learn game programming using C++, you can use this book by Dawson,

The book approaches the perils of game programming from the novice point of view. You learn both game programming and C++, and that’s quite a fun way to learn C++.

The chapters are well laid out and you need to do the lessons for a better learning process. The book also offers big projects at the end. So, that you can test your knowledge and expand it while building something new and exciting.

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Thinking in C++ by Bruce Eckel

Thinking in C++ is a well-known book in C++ domain. The good news is that it comes in two volumes. And, it is free. You can check the vol 1 and vol 2 by clicking the links on the text.

The book has few errors as pointed out on StackOverflow platform, but they can be ignored for the learning process.

Accelerated C++ by Andrew Koenig and Barbara Moo

Accelerated C++ is in the same league of C++ primer and has its own identity in the C++ landscape. The learning curve of the book is quite steep and it should be tried by anyone who has just started out learning C++.

Those who have previous C++ programming knowledge can easily learn from the book and enhance their skill sets and knowledge.

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Modern C++ Design By Andrei Alexandrescu

If you feel that you know C++ and want to learn more advanced programming techniques, the Modern C++ Design book is for you. The book offers lessons on type lists, fundamental generic programming idioms and much more.

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What Now?

If you have reached here, congratulations. The above list is no way complete, we urge our readers to add books to the list by commenting below. You can also get the book and get started on your path of becoming C++ ninja. There are many other books that I want to list so bookmark this page for an updated list later on.

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