I have been a professional programmer for nearly 25 years. Most of that time, I used Pascal, Basic, and bare C. I used C++ in the 1998-2001 era professionally but I never became an "expert" in C++. I have never effectively used the STL, or Boost libraries, and the closer to bare C programming something is, the more easily I can read it.
I'm thinking I need a book like "Effective C++" (Scott Meyer) or something like that, to get me really into modern C++. I am thinking either that or something that's REALLY modern, like a C++2011 book of some kind, but since I'll be working in VC++ 2010/2012, neither of which fully support C++ 2011 yet, maybe that C++11 book can wait until I have an MS compiler that fully supports C++11.
Thanks. I bought Effective C++ and I'm finding it really good so far. The new C++ book by some "unknown" guy named .. what was it? Bjarne Stroustrup? Yeah. :-) Very excited to read that one when it comes out.