C++ in Plain English
Two Books for the Price of One––both an interactive reference & tutorial! C++ In Plain English, 3rd Edition, gives instant access to the C++ language through a detailed reference section of key C++ components and a dense tutorial that describes the essentials of C++ programming. Extensive cross–references with live page numbers make this is the perfect book to prop next to your computer while programming in C++.
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