How Not to Program in C++

How Not to Program in C++: 111 Broken Programs and 3 Working Ones, or Why Does 2 + 2 = 5986
I expected many great things from this book. I got mixed results. I usually enjoy figuring out “Bugs of the Day” and the like, but this was book was largely a mix of grading papers from an introductory programming class and debugging buggy programs at work.

Low points:

  • Debugging printf format specifiers and forward slash for escaping characters.
  • A few fairly long programs with somewhat trivial errors.

High points:

  • Bugs encountered as a result of optimizing compilers.
  • Exploring of lesser used features of the C/C++ language
  • Some interesting puzzles to find where initialization and/or destruction order went wrong.