Yesterday we presented a list of C++ books for beginners, but now it’s time to share with you the top C++ books for advanced C++ professionals. Like any other aspect of the tech industry, programming requires constant upgrading and learning about new developments around the field. And whether or not you possess a set of qualities that earns you a place among the best and sought-after programmers, what would keep you at the top of your career as a programmer is learning new knowledge and gaining experience from professionals who have proven themselves over the years in the programming world. Here is the list of top 10 C++ books presented by GreatLearning.

Top 10 C++ Books for Advanced

Modern C++ Design
This book, written by Andrei Alexandrescu, is considered to be one of the best books on modern general programming techniques that contains in-depth information on C++. What this book includes and why it is so popular among professionals:

  • Teaching policy-based design, type lists, and basic idioms of general programming;
  • Explains many useful design patterns that include small object allocators, functors, factories, visitors, and multimethods that can be implemented efficiently, modularly, and cleanly using generic programming.
  • Strives to make C++ programming simpler and teaches heavy use of patterns to make code flexible and reusable.
  • Includes features such as unified initialization, type traits, and smart pointers that are useful for designing a safe and high-performance C++ application with reduced resources and high code reusability.

Professional C++
Professional C++ was written by Marc Gregoire. It improves existing C++ competencies quickly and efficiently. It provides a complete comprehensive overview of the new features of C++20 and provides a detailed explanation of each feature of the updated programming language with examples. The book also provides case studies that include extensive, working code. It helps to maximize the capabilities of C++ with effective design solutions.

The C++ Standard Template Library
This book is written by P. J. Plauger, Alexander Stepanov, Meng Lee and David Musser. It would serve as an excellent guide to C++ that would help you increase productivity as well as improve software quality. Its core container classes and fundamental algorithms, in addition to a clean, efficient, and elegant framework for C++ development would serve you well. The book describes each component of the standard C++ template library, techniques for using that component, and has hands-on exercises included.

Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++
This book is written by Bjarne Stroustrup and helps programmers to sharpen their programming skills. The evaluation of this book is as follows:

  • The best practices for structuring the code are mentioned in it that can help the programmers become an expert.
  • It discusses both object-oriented programming and generic programming.
  • It provides a robust foundation for the C++ programming language.
  • It starts with a C++ programming introduction and moves to core concepts like objects, types, statements, functions, errors, vectors, classes, and I/O.
  • It comprises problem exercises and examples to help programmers to grasp the concepts quickly and effectively.

C++ components and algorithms
This book is an advanced C++ programmers guide written by Scott Robert Ladd. The book provides an in-depth understanding of under-documented C++ concepts. This book comes with a CD that contains all the code from the book, which is an added advantage for programmers.

C++ Programming: Program Design Including Data Structure (Seventh Edition)
D.S. Malik, a professor of mathematics and Ph.D. candidate at Ohio University, is the man who created this book. In it, you will find a student-centered, time-tested description of C++ program design concepts and data structures. Within the table of contents, you will find full-code examples that help programmers understand how and why to apply programming concepts to solve a specific problem. Each chapter concludes with useful exercises to guide practice.

Effective C++
When he wrote this book, Scott Myers had the full intention of providing the best book on C++ for experienced programmers. The book provides over 50 best practices and rules along with explanations for programmers in a very accessible way. A detailed explanation of class design (efficient in nature), clear functions, patterns and most importantly inheritance hierarchies.

The book also explains the ways in which the C++ language differs from other coding languages such as C#, Java, or C, etc., enabling a better understanding of dealing with problems the C++ way. And although the book is not the latest, the advice given to programmers in it is still applicable.

Effective Modern C++
Written by Scott Myers, the book is presented in the form of guidelines rather than rules, given that guidelines have exceptions. This book offers advice with rationale. The content of the book helps programmers to analyze whether their projects meet the guidelines of this book or not. This book gives a deeper insight into the working patterns of C++.

C++ Standard Library, The: A Tutorial And Reference 2nd Edition
The idea of the author of the book Nikolay M. Iosutis, a system architect and technical lead, offers programmers comprehensive documentation for each component of the library, including an introduction to its purpose and design.

The book presents practical programming details needed for effective programming. It also includes signatures, important classes and functions, and many examples of working code. The book contains various topics such as Standard Template Library (STL), check containers, iterators, function objects, etc.

C++ Concurrency In Action
The author of this book is Anthony Williams. It is considered a great book for experienced C++ programmers or for people who have a desire to become expert C++ programmers.

According to the fans of this book, concurrent development and its various aspects are explained beautifully. The complete procedure for creating new threads and writing multithreaded algorithms and data structures is also explained in its contents. And in the chapters you will come across detailed examples for better understanding. If you want to solve some examples, you can try the practice problems provided after each chapter. The informative insights provided can give you a better hand in solving real situational problems.

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