I used to think I know C++ pretty well, but between the various "red books" that Addison-Wesley’s been sending me, I’m rapidly discovering that:
I don’t know templates NEARLY as well as I thought,
There’s a tremendous amount of power in template-based languages,
C++ isn’t nearly as dead as current programming trends might like to imply,
The "red book" series is an awesome series to open your mind (as in, "blast it with a firehose" open), and
I’m REALLY liking the feeling, even if it hurts. 🙂
Highly recommended reading: "Modern C++ Design" and "C++ Template Metaprogramming", along with Herb Sutter’s "Exceptional C++" and "More Exceptional C++".