Safe C++

Astute readers such as yourself may be wondering whether the title of this book, Safe C++, presumes that the C++ programming language is somehow unsafe. Good catch! That is indeed the presumption. The C++ language allows programmers to make all kinds of mistakes, such as accessing memory beyond the bounds of an allocated array, or reading memory that was never initialized, or allocating memory and forgetting to deallocate it. In short, there are a great many ways to shoot yourself in the foot while programming in C++, and everything will proceed happily along until the program abruptly crashes, or produces an unreasonable result, or does something that in computer literature is referred to as “unpredictable behavior.” So yes, in this sense, the C++ language is inherently unsafe.