Book Review: Object Oriented I/O using C++ IOSTREAMS

Hughes, Cameron and Thomas Hamilton and Tracey Hughes. 1995. Object Oriented I/O using C++ IOSTREAMS. John Wiley and Sons, New York, New York. ISBN 0-471-11809-5. Order…

Two halves of a book here. First is a good explanation of the IOSTREAMs package although a lot of it doesn’t seem to be more detailed than the Visual C++ help. The base classes and what they do are very well discussed, and I think I know quite a bit more that when I started.

BUT…then they talk about an implementation of character cell stream controlled output ala CURSES, and never show code. The object diagrams are in some strange notation explained in the appendix. UML is now the standard, I hope the next edition fixes this. The second half, as I see it, talks a lot about different window systems — interesting but not what I wanted to pay $34.95 for. And then we attach streams to these I/O devices. I want to write a DBWIN32 stream interface, and this infomation is not useful for that. You might find it better.

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