The C++ Standard Library
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The C++ Standard Library

What every professional C++ programmer should know about the C++ standard library.

About the Book

"The C++ Standard Library" provides a detailed overview of the C++ Standard Library, including C++23.

The Goal

The C++ Standard Library aims to provide a concise reference of the C++ standard library in about 350 pages. This book assumes that you are familiar with C++. If so, you will get the most benefit from this book. If C++ is new to you, you should start with a textbook about core C++. Once you have mastered a textbook about the core language, you can make your next big step by reading my book.

This book also has more than 150 running code examples for the code snippets I present. Therefore, you can combine theory with practice and get the most out of it.

Many Thanks

In particular, I thank the English proofreaders of my book: Mahesh Attarde, Rick Audet, Pete Barrow, Michael Ben-David, Dave Burns, Alvaro Fernandez, Juliette Grimm, Marius Grimm, George Haake, Nicola Jaud-Stoll, Clare Macrae, Arne Mertz, Ian Reeve, Jason Turner, Bart Vandewoestyne, Ivan Vergiliev, and Andrzej Warzynski. They translated my Swabian English into English. Without their work, the book wouldn't have been possible.

About the Author

Rainer Grimm
Rainer Grimm

Rainer Grimm


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Reader Testimonials

Rick Audet
Rick Audet

Senior Engineer, Dolby Laboratories

Arguably the quickest and easiest way to get up to speed on the most important parts of the C++ standard library. Recommended for any modern C++ programmer.

Zeshuang Mi
Zeshuang Mi


The C++ Standard Library makes me so clear about the content of the STL, which make me dive into most important parts of the C++ Library. Such as Containers, the usage of the Iterators with Containers, the type of Callable Units, the lookup of Algorithm and so all, Sincerely, all C++ Programmers should treat this book as a reference book. You will benefit a lot. Trust me! At last, I wanna thank the author, thanking his book improves my insight.

Quan Zhuo
Quan Zhuo

Software engineer at Foxconn

The book introduced the new standard library features from C++11 to C++20. With a large number of examples to deepen your understanding. Suitable for C++ enthusiasts to print it and put on the bedside, desk. Concise and comprehensive. Every time I read it, I get someing new.

Table of Contents

  • Reader Testimonials
    • English Edition
    • German Edition
  • Introduction
    • Purpose of this Book
    • Index
    • Conventions
    • Source Examples
    • Source Code
    • Value versus Object
    • Acknowledgments
    • Further Information
    • Cippi
    • About Me
  • 1. The Standard Library
    • The History
    • Overview
    • Use of Libraries
  • 2. Utilities
    • Useful Functions
    • Adaptors for Functions
    • Pairs
    • Tuples
    • Reference Wrappers
    • Smart Pointers
    • Type Traits
    • Time Library
    • std::any, std::optional, and std::variant
    • std::expected
  • 3. Interface of All Containers
    • Create and delete
    • Size
    • Access
    • Assign and Swap
    • Compare
    • Erasure
  • 4. Sequence Containers
    • Arrays
    • Vectors
    • Deques
    • Lists
    • Forward Lists
  • 5. Associative Containers
    • Overview
    • Ordered Associative Containers
    • Unordered Associative Containers
  • 6. Container Adaptors
    • Linear Containers
    • Associative Containers
    • Contiguous Access
    • Multidimensional Access
  • 8. Iterators
    • Categories
    • Iterator Creation
    • Useful Functions
    • Adaptors
  • 9. Callable Units
    • Functions
    • Function Objects
    • Lambda Functions
  • 10. Algorithms
    • Conventions
    • Iterators are the Glue
    • Sequential, Parallel, or Parallel Execution with Vectorisation
    • for_each
    • Non-Modifying Algorithms
    • Modifying Algorithms
    • Partition
    • Sort
    • Binary Search
    • Merge Operations
    • Heaps
    • Min and Max
    • Permutations
    • Numeric
    • Unitialized Memory
  • 11. Ranges
    • Range
    • View
    • Range Adaptors
    • Direct on the Containers
    • Function Composition
    • Lazy Evaluation
    • std Algorithms versus std::ranges Algorithms
  • 12. Numeric
    • Random Numbers
    • Numeric Functions Inherited from C
    • Mathematical Constants
  • 13. Strings
    • Create and Delete
    • Conversion Between C++ and C Strings
    • Size versus Capacity
    • Comparison
    • String Concatenation
    • Element Access
    • Input and Output
    • Search
    • Check for a substring
    • Modifying Operations
    • Numeric Conversions
  • 14. String Views
    • Create and Initialise
    • Non-modifying operations
    • Modifying operations
  • 15. Regular Expressions
    • Character Types
    • Regular Expression Objects
    • The Search Result match_results
    • Match
    • Search
    • Replace
    • Format
    • Repeated Search
  • 16. Input and Output Streams
    • Hierarchy
    • Input and Output Functions
    • Streams
    • User-defined Data Types
  • 17. Formatting Library
    • Formatting Functions
    • Syntax
    • Format specification
    • User-defined formatter
  • 18. Filesystem
    • Classes
    • Non-member functions
    • File types
  • 19. Multithreading
    • Memory Model
    • Atomic Data Types
    • Threads
    • Stop Token
    • Shared Variables
    • Thread Local Data
    • Condition Variables
    • Semaphores
    • Coordination Types
    • Tasks
  • 20. Coroutines
    • Awaitables
    • An Infinite Data Stream with co_yield
  • Index

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