Best C++ Programming Books


C++ is an general purpose, object-oriented programming language that was first developed by Bjarne Stroustrup. It was originally created to be an extension of the C language, which is a middle-level language. It well deserves the widely acknowledged nickname "Swiss Pocket Knife of Languages".

Here you will find 10 best C++ books to learn C++ programming from beginner level to advance level.

Best C++ Books

1. Object-Oriented Programming with C++

Author :- E Balagurusamy
Edition :- 7th Edition
Published by :- McGraw Hill Education

The book provides numerous examples, illustrations and complete programs. The sample programs are meant to be both simple and educational. Wherever necessary, pictorial descriptions of concepts have been included to improve clarity and facilitate better understanding. The book also presents the concept of object-oriented approach and discusses important elements of object-oriented analysis and design of systems.
The feature of the books are : Simple and easy-to-understand language, Extended coverage of topics, Projects to enhance the programming skills of the readers and C++ proficiency test covering latest technical interview questions along with answers.

2. The C++ Programming Language

Author :- Bjarne Stroustrup
Edition :- 4th Edition
Published by :- Addison-Wesley Professional

A pure tutorial sorts its topics so that no concept is used before it has been introduced; it must be read linearly starting with page one.
This book combines aspects of both. If you know most concepts and techniques, you can access it on a per-chapter or even on a per-section basis. If not, you can start at the beginning, but try not to get bogged down in details. Use the index and the cross-references.
The book is heavily cross-referenced both to itself and to the ISO C++ standard. Experienced programmers can read the (relatively) quick "tour" of C++ to gain the overview needed to use the book as a reference.

3. C++ Primer

Author :- Stanley B. Lippman, Stanley Lippman and Barbara Moo
Edition :- 5th Edition
Published by :- Addison-Wesley Professional

Each chapter concludes with a summary, followed by a glossary of defined terms, which together recap the chapter's most important points. Readers should use these sections as a personal checklist: If you do not understand a term, restudy the corresponding part of the chapter.
Throughout C++ Primer, we emphasize good style: We want to help you, the reader, develop good habits immediately and avoid needing to unlearn bad habits as you gain more sophisticated knowledge. We highlight particularly tricky matters and warn about common misconceptions and pitfalls.

4. Effective C++

Author :- Meyers
Edition :- 3rd Edition
Published by :- Pearson

The purpose of this book is to show you how to use C++ effectively. I assume you already know C++ as a language and that you have some experience in its use. What I provide here is a guide to using the language so that your software is comprehensible, maintainable, portable, extensible, efficient, and likely to behave as you expect.
The book is not a comprehensive reference for C++. Rather, it's a collection of 55 specific suggestions for how you can improve your programs and designs. Each Item stands more or less on its own, but most also contain references to other Items. One way to read the book, then, is to start with an Item of interest, then follow its references to see where they lead you.

5. Let Us C++

Author :- Kanetkar Yashavant
Edition :- 2019 Edition
Published by :- BPB Publications

Classes & Objects, Free Store Management, Stream I/O, References, Virtual Tables and vptr, Templates, Polymorphism, Namespaces, Exception Handling, Inheritance, Smart Pointers, STL.
Who this book is for : Students, Programmers, researchers, and software developers who wish to learn the basics of C++ programming language.
Features of the book : Detailed explanation, Listing all the important points, in-depth explanation of complex topics and focuses on how to think logically to solve a problem.

6. Programming with C++

Author :- John Hubbard and Atul Kahate
Edition :- 2017 Edition
Published by :- McGraw Hill Education

The book is intended to provide an introduction to Programming with C++. In keeping with the basic approach of all schaums series books, this book aims to help the students develop their problem solving skills. The plethora of solved examples and practice questions in the book enables the stiudents to get a intutive grasp on the subject.

7. Accelerated C++

Author :- Andrew Koenig and Barbara E. Moo
Edition :- 2000 Edition
Published by :- Addison Wesley

Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example (C++ in Depth Series) was written by Andrew Koenig and Barbara E Moo and published by Addison Wesley in 2000. This first edition is available as a paperback.
Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example (C++ in Depth Series) approaches the subject of C++ with a different angle. The book does not to dwell on the the fundamentals of the language and instead, dives straight into the most high-level C++ strategies and implementations that are being used by computer programmers worldwide.

8. Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++

Author :- Bjarne Stroustrup
Edition :- 2nd Edition
Published by :- Addison-Wesley Professional

This book is for someone who has never programmed before but is willing to work hard to learn. It helps you understand the principles and acquire the practical skills of programming using the C++ programming language. The book aim for you to gain sufficient knowledge and experience to perform simple useful programming tasks using the best up-to-date techniques.
This book is written to help you see that, to understand what it means for code to be beautiful, and to help you to master the principles and acquire the practical skills to create such code.


Author :- K Venugopal and Raj Buyya
Edition :- 2nd Edition
Published by :- McGraw Hill Education

This book discusses the C++ language and object-oriented concepts over twenty chapters. Each chapter explains C++ constructs needed for object-oriented programming with numerous programming solutions.
The features of book as follows: Explanation of Object Oriented Concepts with the help of well-designed programming examples, in-depth coverage of topics like Data Type, Operators and Expressions, Clear explanation of the language constructs using syntax, newly introduced Case Studies.

10. A Tour of C++

Author :- Bjarne Stroustrup
Edition :- 2nd Edition
Published by :- Addison Wesley

This book gives an overview of C++ as defined by C++17, the current ISO C++ standard, and implemented by the major C++ suppliers. In addition, it mentions concepts and modules, as defined in ISO Technical Specifications and in current use, but not scheduled for inclusion into the standard until C++20.
The assumption is that you have programmed before. If not, please consider reading a textbook, such as Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ (Second edition), before continuing here. Even if you have programmed before, the language you used or the applications you wrote may be very different from the style of C++ presented here.

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