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Heron-Centric: Ruminations of a Language Designer
C++ Cookbook from O'Reilly
by Christopher Diggins
November 15, 2005
The C++ Cookbook, which I cowrote with Ryan Stephens, Jonathan Turkanis, and Jeff Cogswell, is now for sale at and other book sellers.


The C++ Cookbook, is a collection of over a hundred recipes for common programming tasks from building a DLL, to parsing XML. The full list of recipes can be seen at, and a downloadable chapter should be posted here at soon. I was responsible for the chapters on dates and times, and science and mathematics.

I am particularly proud of this book, because unlike many C++ books it is isn't a boring old reference. Nor is it a list of things that you shouldn't do with C++. In my opinion, it is usually more useful, and more difficult, to say how to accomplish a task, than to say how not to accomplish a task.

On another note, you may notice I have changed my blog bio. It apparently rubbed people the wrong way that I mentioned I was looking for work, well that along with my general charming persona which I can't change. So I dropped the line about work. Hopefully the new bio isn't seen as being quite as self-promotional.

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Christopher Diggins is a software developer and freelance writer. Christopher loves programming, but is eternally frustrated by the shortcomings of modern programming languages. As would any reasonable person in his shoes, he decided to quit his day job to write his own ( ). Christopher is the co-author of the C++ Cookbook from O'Reilly. Christopher can be reached through his home page at

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