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

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Completed on 2019-11-09

About the Book

The C++ Standard Library is a quick reference to the standard library of the current C++17 standard.

The Goal

The goal of this quick reference is to provide a concise reference of the C++ standard library. This book assumes that you are familiar with C++. If so you will get the most benefit out of this book. If C++ is totally 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 this book.

This book gives you, in addition, more than 100 running code examples to the code snippets, I presented in the book. Therefore you can combine the theory with the practices and get the most of it.

A Lot of Thanks

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

About the Author


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.

Table of Contents

  • Reader Testimonials
    • English Edition
    • German Edition
  • Introduction
    • Index
    • Conventions
    • Source Examples
    • Source Code
    • Value versus Object
    • Acknowledgements
    • Further Information
    • C++ versus C++11
  • 1. The Standard Library
    • The History
    • Overview
    • Application 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
  • 3. Interface of All Containers
    • Create and delete
    • Size
    • Access
    • Assign and Swap
    • Compare
  • 4. Sequential Containers
    • Arrays
    • Vectors
    • Deques
    • Lists
    • Forward Lists
  • 5. Associative Container
    • Overview
    • Ordered Associative Container
    • Unordered Associative Container
  • 6. Adaptors for Containers
    • Stack
    • Queue
    • Priority Queue
  • 7. Iterators
    • Categories
    • Iterator Creation
    • Useful Functions
    • Adaptors
  • 8. Callable Units
    • Functions
    • Function Objects
    • Lambda Functions
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Numeric
    • Random Numbers
    • Numeric Functions Inherited from C
  • 11. Strings
    • Create and Delete
    • Conversion Between C++ and C Strings
    • Size versus Capacity
    • Comparison
    • String Concatenation
    • Element Access
    • Input and Output
    • Search
    • Modifying Operations
    • Numeric Conversions
  • 12. String Views
    • Create and initialise
    • Non-modifying operations
    • Modifying operations
  • 13. Regular Expressions
    • Character Types
    • Regular Expression Objects
    • The Search Result match_results
    • Match
    • Search
    • Replace
    • Format
    • Repeated Search
  • 14. Input and Output Streams
    • Hierarchy
    • Input and Output Functions
    • Streams
    • User-defined Data Types
  • 15. Filesystem library
    • Classes
    • Non-member functions
    • File types
  • 16. Multithreading
    • Memory Model
    • Atomic Data Types
    • Threads
    • Shared Variables
    • Thread Local Data
    • Condition Variables
    • Tasks
  • Index

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