The Design and Evolution of C++ is Bjarne Stroustrup's book about the design and evolution of C++. The book is split into two main sections, one of which is a roughly chronological history of the language, from pre-history to a look at what the future may hold. The second part of the book deals with specific features of the language, and their design and implementation (features covered: memory management, casting, overloading, namespaces, class concepts, multiple inheritance and the C preprocessor.

The book is wonderfully written and is liberally scattered with Bjarne's musings on language design, and how he sees it as a matter of philosophy and sociology as well as engineering. Code examples accompany all sections, and intermediate level programmers will learn quite a lot about what is possible in C++ by looking at the examples.

Recommended read for anyone interested in language design, programming C++ or OOP.

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