Discovering Modern C++ An Intensive Course for Scientists, Engineers, and Programmers

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2015-12-17
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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As scientific and engineering projects grow larger and more complex, it is increasingly likely that those projects will be written in C++. With embedded hardware growing more powerful, much of its software is moving to C++, too. Mastering C++ gives you strong skills for programming at nearly every level, from “close to the hardware” to the highest-level abstractions. In short, C++ is a language that scientific and technical practitioners need to know.


Peter Gottschling’s Discovering Modern C++ is an intensive introduction that guides you smoothly to sophisticated approaches based on advanced features. Gottschling introduces key concepts using examples from many technical problem domains, drawing on his extensive experience training professionals and teaching C++ to students of physics, math, and engineering.


This book is designed to help you get started rapidly and then master increasingly robust features, from lambdas to expression templates. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of the powerful libraries available to C++ programmers: both the Standard Template Library (STL) and scientific libraries for arithmetic, linear algebra, differential equations, and graphs.


Throughout, Gottschling demonstrates how to write clear and expressive software using object orientation, generics, metaprogramming, and procedural techniques. By the time you’re finished, you’ll have mastered all the abstractions you need to write C++ programs with exceptional quality and performance.


Author Biography

Peter Gottschling’s professional passion is writing leading-edge scientific software, and he hopes to infect many readers with this virus. This vocation resulted in writing the Matrix Template Library 4 and coauthoring other libraries including the Boost Graph Library. These programming experiences were shared in several C++ courses at universities and in professional training sessions–finally leading to this book.

He is a member of the ISO C++ standards committee, vice-chair of Germany’s programming language standards committee, and founder of the C++ User Group in Dresden. In his young and wild years at TU Dresden, he studied computer science and mathematics in parallel up to a bachelor-like level and finished the former with a Ph.D. After an odyssey through academic institutions, he founded his own company, SimuNova, and returned to his beloved home town of Leipzig, just in time for its 1000th anniversary. He is married and has four children.


Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 C++ Basics 11
3 Classes
4 Libraries
5 Meta-Programming
6 Object-oriented Programming
7 Generic Implementation of ODE Solvers
Appendix A More Good and Bad Scientific Software
Appendix B Programming tools
Appendix C Language Definitions

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