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My recommended technique, validated by several others, is to start with Meyers' "Effective C++" and refer back to a primer or the ARM when you don't understand something. This forces you to confront the most jarring and dangerous c++ issues early and helps prevent learning bad habits. As in learning any new language, it helps immensely to be working on a realistic project.

Effective C++ : 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
by Scott Meyers

Very readable, full of simple recipes for adapting from C to c++ or avoiding common mistakes in c++. I think any serious c++ programmer should be capable of understanding this book.

Paperback (256 pages, 2nd Ed.). Published by Addison-Wesley Pub Co, September 1997.
ISBN: 0201924889


More Effective C++ : 35 New Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs
(Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)

by Scott Meyers

Paperback (318 pages). Published by Addison-Wesley Pub Co, December 1995.
ISBN: 020163371X

The Annotated C++ Reference Manual
by Margaret A. Ellis, Bjarne Stroustrup

The reference manual that describes every quirk of the language - the sort of thing you must quote if you want to pick an argument with compiler writers

Hardcover (447 pages). Published by Addison-Wesley Pub Co, June 1990.
ISBN: 0201514591

C++ Primer
by Stanley B. Lippman, Josee Lajoie

A rather long-winded primer. If you like succint explanations avoid this and just buy the ARM, but have a look in at it the bookstore first. It's a very good introductory book and worth dropping back to if you find the others heavy going.

Paperback (1237 pages, 3rd Ed.). Published by Addison-Wesley Pub Co, April 1998.
ISBN: 0201824701

Advanced C++ Programming Styles and Idioms
by James O. Coplien

You need to be very competent in c++ to understand this book but it presents some interesting techniques, particularly if you're into more dynamic designs that normally associated with c++. I found it a great thought-provoker while designing the framework.

Paperback. Published by Addison-Wesley Pub Co, September 1991.
ISBN: 0201548550

Scientific and Engineering C++ : An Introduction With Advanced
Tecniques and Examples
by John J. Barton, Lee R. Nackman

The examples are definitely SciEng oriented but the descriptions of advanced c++ techniques are superb, more readable than Coplien and well-illustrated with diagrams. The emphasis on templates is probably due to the difference between Coplien as a 1992 book and this in 1994. A great starting point for ex FORTRAN and C programmers.

Hardcover (671 pages). Published by Addison-Wesley Pub Co, July 1994.
ISBN: 0201533936

C++ and C Debugging, Testing, and Reliability : The Prevention, Detection,
and Correction of Program Errors/Book and Disk
by David A. Spuler

A successor to Koenig's "C Traps and Pitfalls" this book combines a list and set of debugging resources with a very clear list of common c++ errors. Some overlap with Meyers' 50 rules occurs, but generally the errors listed are lower level simple bugs.

This title is out of print.
ASIN: 0133081729

C++ Iostreams Handbook
by Steve Teale

The only detailed and clear explanation of IOStreams that I've seen or seen mentioned. The book documents the older AT&T streams library so there have been a few minor changes but it is still largely applicable and makes a clear case for moving to streams.

Paperback (369 pages). Published by Addison-Wesley Pub Co, August 1993.
ISBN: 0201596415

Taligent's Guide to Designing Programs : Well-Mannered Object-Oriented
Design in C++
by Inc. Taligent

An internal style guide that grew. Very good advice on structuring libraries to minimize impact of change.

Paperback (152 pages). Published by Addison-Wesley Pub Co, June 1994.
ISBN: 0201408880