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great reference on STL
am 6. Dezember 1999
This book provides a nice introduction so generic programming with STL. I learned a lot about _why_ things were done the way they were in STL.
Most STL libraries that I've seen have little, if any, documentation, so it's difficult to see the reasoning behind the madness of the details of most STL implementations. It's unfortunate that while STL libraries may be good examples of generic programming (or at least maybe as generic as you can get before being constrained by C++ itself), they appear as a whole to be poor examples of self-documenting source code. That's where this book comes along.
Even after gleaming knowledge of the reasoning behind STL creation, the book has become my regular desk-side reference to not only STL containers and iterators, but also a guide to the requirements necessary to implement your own models.
One area that this book does not cover well is how to choose design criteria when creating your own containers and iterators. However, that does not diminish the usefulness of this book, although it does seem to me that the title may be a little misleading - as STL is covered in more depth then Generic Programming in general, and the emphasis is more heavily on _Using_ rather then _Extending_...