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ISBN-13: 978-0470500880 ISBN-10: 0470500883 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 1272 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470500883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470500880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Build real-world applications as you dive into C++ development

By following author Ivor Horton's accessible tutorial approach and detailed examples you can quickly become an effective C++ programmer. Thoroughly updated for the 2010 release, this book introduces you to the latest development environment and teaches you how to build real-world applications using Visual C++. With this book by your side, you are well on your way to writing applications in both versions of C++ and becoming a successful C++ programmer.

Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2010:

  • Teaches the essentials of C++ programming using both of the C++ language technologies supported by Visual C++ 2010

  • Shares techniques for finding errors in C++ programs and explains general debugging principles

  • Discusses the structure and essential elements that are present in every Windows application

  • Demonstrates how to develop native Windows applications using the Microsoft Foundation Classes

  • Guides you through designing and creating substantial Windows applications in both C++ and C++/CLI

  • Features numerous working examples and exercises that help build programming skills

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About the Author

Ivor Horton is one of the preeminent authors of tutorials on the Java, C and C++ programming languages. He is widely known for his unique tutorial style, which is readily accessible to both novice and experienced programmers. Horton is also a systems consultant in private practice. He previously taught programming for more than 25 years.

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I recommend this book to anyone serious about learning C++ and Visual C++.
B. Zinser
Well, I started picking up some new things not only in C++, but also with the Visual Studio 2010 environment.
Mark Blaide
The author's style of writing is very straightforward and extremely easy to follow.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Zinser on September 5, 2010
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I've mostly used it as a reference in the C++ area and have been learning from the later chapters. I think the book is wonderful, especially in its detail. Since I'm used to math books, I find the author to be on the chatty side, but I think most readers would be very thankful for its many explanations. I recommend this book to anyone serious about learning C++ and Visual C++.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By tjp1234 on November 1, 2011
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This is a very good C++/CLI/CLR reference, but it doesn't go into as much Visual C++ as I expected. I was expecting the entire book to be devoted to introducing Visual C++, but the majority is devoted to non-visual C++. It is pretty thorough in non-visual C++/CLR/CLI and is a good reference for that, but about two-thirds of the book is devoted to this and the last one-third of the book introduces Visual C++ but I felt it wasn't enough to really learn it. This is a good book for C++ and a good book to have, it just was for a different focus than I had intended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Blaide on January 23, 2011
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I was currently reading "C++ Primer Plus" from a Kindle download when I wanted to migrate more into Windows programming, so I ordered Beginning Visual C++ 2010. The first several chapters of this book primarily cover C++ console programming so I thought I would just skim through most of this content and get to the Windows stuff. Well, I started picking up some new things not only in C++, but also with the Visual Studio 2010 environment. So I decided not to skip anything. Many of the questions I had about the differences between MFC, CLI, CLR, .NET were answered in this book. I certainly recommend this book if you are new to C++ and new to Windows programming.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bejtlich on April 30, 2011
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I read Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2010 (BVCP2) to gain some familiarity with the C++ programming language. Prior to this book I read Mr Horton's Beginning C book. Between the two books, I hoped to learn enough about C and C++ to prepare me to read a third book titled Windows via C/C++, 5th Ed by Richter and Nasarre. As a security professional, being able to grasp the essence of C and C++ as they are used in Windows helps me understand security advisories and related discussion of vulnerabilities in exploits. BVCP2 is a great book for a person like me, but it also appears to be the right book for someone who wants to become a legitimate C++ for Windows programmer. I highly recommend it to both sorts of readers.

The author is an expert writer and teacher. It is easy to follow his explanations and he manages to include some humor in what could otherwise be a very dry topic. As a text, like Beginning C, BVCP2 offers numerous complete code examples, clear figures, helpful tables and charts, and exercises for motivated readers. The publisher provides source code for the book's examples plus source code for solutions to the exercises. I liked the concept -> code -> explanation approach, along with the "Try It Out" and "How It Works" examples. Each chapter reinforces key concepts with "What You Learned in This Chapter." It's like an entire class in book form.

One strength of BVCP2 is the author's discussion of native C++ and C++/CLI, i.e., applications for the CLR. The author starts each chapter with native C++ discussions, and concludes each chapter with expansions for C++/CLI. By Ch 12 the author differentiates between using the Windows API, Microsoft Foundation Classes, and using Windows Forms.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MrTapi on February 21, 2011
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I was somewhat doubtful to get the kindle edition on a book with lots of code (which in some books is digitized as picture and is unreadable), but this book works surprisingly well on a Kindle. The code examples are in text, so other than long lines wrapping to next line and messing the formatting somewhat, they are easy to read. The examples can also be DL'd from the internet to be viewed on the conputer screen, and copied to the IDE.

Only the screen shots are difficult to read, but that is not a biggie, given that most of the info is in text.

This is a very good tutorial for the _beginners_, and anyone who has programmed in C will be able to skip much of the book. The first half focuses on how to write C++ console applications, as a book for beginners should.

Taking off one * because the index on the Kindle edition is not linked to the text entries, and is therefore useless =o(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Depew on August 18, 2012
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I bought this book because I had previously bought Horton's "Beginning Visual C++ 6". If you can hold out for a couple of months, I recommend you buy his "... 2012" book instead of this one. I couldn't wait. I bought the "... 2010" one.

There may be a better book out there to teach you all the nuances of Visual C++ 2010; when I find one, I'll buy it. Other books (Steve Heller's works, for one, and Dietel & Dietel, for another) do a better job of teaching non-Visual-Studio C++, but this one does a more than adequate walkthrough of the product, and the Visual Studio orientation is vital for anybody who's trying to work with that IDE for the first time - or even someone who's wrestled with it for months.

Some buyers have complained that after they bought the book, they discovered that it covers the $450 version of VC++, not the free Express version. Eh. That's what the Internet is for. Sites like msdn dot microsoft dot com, stackoverflow dot com and other Web resources can cover the important topics left out of the book, like making a UI without the fancy design tools in the $450 version.

In fact, the explanations in the book are comprehensive enough that I'm going to use it to guide myself through Eclipse's C++ development tools now that I'm comfortable with Visual C++ 2010. For those who care about such things, the Eclipse IDE is full-featured and free. (To download it, go to eclipse dot org. Make sure to download the C++ version.)

This book is not a thorough treatment of Visual C++ or general C++. With the word "Beginning" in the title, that's to be expected. But beginners can rely on it, and we experienced programmers can go back to it when we need a refresher or a reminder about important concepts.
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