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[Page xxiii]

Preface

"The chief merit of language is clearness ..."

Galen

Welcome to C++ and C++ How to Program, Fifth Edition! C++ is a world-class programming language for developing industrial-strength, high-performance computer applications. We believe that this book and its support materials have everything instructors and students need for an informative, interesting, challenging and entertaining C++ educational experience. In this Preface, we overview the many new features of C++ How to Program, 5/e. The Tour of the Book section of the Preface gives instructors, students and professionals a sense of C++ How to Program, 5/e's coverage of C++ and object-oriented programming. We also overview various conventions used in the book, such as syntax coloring the code examples, "code washing" and code highlighting. We provide information about free compilers that you can find on the Web. We also discuss the comprehensive suite of educational materials that help instructors maximize their students' learning experience, including the Instructor's Resource CD, PowerPoint® Slide lecture notes, course management systems, SafariX (Pearson Education's WebBook publications) and more.


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