Learn to Program with C++ 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0072225351
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The easiest technical book you'll ever read. Open it up and see for yourself!

Join Professor Smiley's C++ class as he teaches essential skills in programming, coding, and more. Using a student-instructor conversational format, this book starts at the very beginning with crucial programming fundamentals. You'll quickly learn how to identify customer needs so that you can create an application that achieves programming objectives--just like experienced programmers. By identifying clear client goals, you'll learn important programming basics--like how computers view input and execute output based on the information they are given--then use those skills to develop real-world applications. Participate in this one-of-a-kind classroom experience and see why Professor Smiley is renowned for making learning fun and easy.

  • Learn fundamental programming concepts, which can be applied to multiple languages
  • Develop your C++ skills with real-world, hands-on programming projects
  • Work with program variables, constants, and C++ data types
  • Create and run a C++ program using Windows Notepad
  • Adapt to runtime conditions with selection structures and statements
  • Use loops to increase your programming power
  • Learn about pointers, arrays, objects, classes, and more

About the Author

John Smiley is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He is also a consultant and professor at Penn State University, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and Holy Family College. John has consulted and created several online program-ming courses for ZDU, SmartPlanet, and ElementK.
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Product Details

  • Series: Learn to Program
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072225351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072225358
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,040,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I live just outside of Philadelphia, Pa. I am the president of my own Computer consulting firm, Smiley and Associates, and I provide computer services to companies both large and small in the surrounding Philadelphia Metropolitan area.'Currently, I am working on a long term contract programming position doing mostly Visual Basic work, but also some JavaScript and Oracle Database work.

Over the years, my consulting contracts have included contract positions as a Systems Analyst, Mainframe IDMS Database Administrator, Oracle Database Administrator, Network LAN Administrator, UNIX Systems Administrator, and programming positions using these languages: COBOL, C, C++, Java, and Visual Basic (my personal favorite).'

In addition to my work in the computer industry, I love to share my knowledge, and so for the last twenty years I have taught Computer Science at several Philadelphia area colleges and universities---I truly love to teach.

In 1998, I wrote an introductory Visual Basic programming book, and since then, have written others on Visual Basic, VB.Net, C#, Java and C++, and I'm currently working on a book on JavaScript. Writing books is just another way I have found to share my knowledge. In connection with my books, I have also appeared twice on TechTV's Cable show ScreenSavers. Also, my Java book was used as a plot vehicle in one of the episodes of HBO's Sopranos fourth season--which was very exciting!

I enjoy sports of all kind, and have participated in the MS150, which is a two day, 150 mile bike ride from Philadelphia to Ocean City, NJ, whose proceeds will, hopefully, cure Multiple Sclerosis. Two years ago, I started running again, and have recently completed several 5K, 8K and 5 mile races.'

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John R Heuvelman on January 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am a 15 year old sophomore in high school. Lately I have become interested in computer programming, and I studied the BASIC language. For Christmas I recieved a C++ program, but I had no idea how to program in C++. I tried reading the manual, but it was not help, so I bought this book. Now, within 4 days of purchasing the book, I wrote my own program to figure how well I need to do on my final exams to get a certain grade.
I contribute this to the way the book is layed out. John Smiley brings you into one of his C++ classrooms and lets you "take the classes". This book is very simple and easy to read, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the C++ language, but doesn't really know where to start.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Thompson on June 20, 2003
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This book excellently fills its stated purpose: an introductory c++ for somebody with limited or no programming experience. Of course it won't make you Bjarne Stroutrup in three easy lessons (which some people seem to believe is doable! Dream on!) It covers up to exceptions, gently and methodically touching each topic along the way- data, loops, selection structures, functions, objects, inheritance, arrays, pointers and exceptions- in a manner centered around building a 'real' project: a mark book for a university faculty. Each concept is worked into the overarching project context through examples and then insertion into the project itself. Material is presented as a conversion between the author and his students in a workshop/class setting as they work on this project, which can be a bit schmaltzy if not done well. Smiley manages to do this and avoid insipidness, yet remain on track and provide insightful answers. He way could be considered as perhaps labeled FAQ'S posed by a theoreticals student- making it more 'real'.
Okay, this isn't a reference book. No does it cover all the basics like Unions and structures, etc. But this is a very introductory book. And a very good one at that. I honestly believe that if you can't make good progress into c++ (enough to want to more onwards and upwards) with this book then perhaps you might want to consider visual basic instead. The hand-holding is effective and not belittling, focused and not driveling on with useless waffle. There is no compiler included with the book but the net is full of free c++ compilers (gnu.org is a great starting place), so download one, get the book and get cracking. c++ awaits and this guy WILL get you on the right track and programming well.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2003
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Learn To Program With C++ by John Smiley (Computer Science Professor at Penn State University), is a straightforward "reader friendly" introduction especially written for beginners to the art and skill of programming in the C++ language. No prior programming experience is required to quickly grasp these basic, easy-to-understand lessons which are enhanced with questions and exercises. Functions, inheritance, errors and error handling, classes and creating objects, and more are covered in this superbly presented and highly recommended introductory primer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Lewis on January 8, 2004
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This ia an excellent book for both a beginner who wants to understand program, and for a person who has coded in other languages and wants to learn C++. The book goes farther than teaching code and giving code examples. I have studied from books that give examples. John Smiley goes much farther than that and explains why he uses the code that he uses. He teaches the reader to logically think through the process of creating a program, which is much more than simply writing code. I also recommend looking at his book Learn To Program with Visual Basic 6.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jonathan on May 17, 2003
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If you have little or no computing background, but would like to learn C++, the most powerful programming language, then this is the book for you. I think of myself as an intelligent person, yet every programming book I've looked at needlessly complicates the subject. I am a believer that anything can be explained, if it is done so in the right way. John Smiley's C++ easily got me through the basics of the language and now I am ready for a more advanced book. His teaching style replicates a classroom, yet is extremely focused with his virtual students asking every question that a beginner would want to know. After this book, you will definitely be comfortable with C++ and not be afraid to program. I am usually fairly critical, but I have nothing bad to say here. As if this isn't enough, I wrote an email to the author, congratulating him on saving so many of us so much time and aggravation, and he actually gave me a link to another book to read for more advanced C++ (Deitel and Deitel C++). [Money]very well spent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "hp_smiley" on January 8, 2004
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Hi, I'm a thirteen year old kid and doesn't know anything about programming... I bought the book because I was curious... My mom said that I wouldn't understand it because programming is complicated, but I really insisted so she bought me the book. Anyways, I found out that it wasn't that hard to understand! In fact, I'm about to finish the book right now! It was so interesting! You should buy it. It centers on beginners like me! :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OKAY_GREAT on June 11, 2003
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I took a C++ introductory class at my university which used the textbook "How to program C++" by Deitel & Deitel 4th edition and let me tell you, Deitel is not a good book to begin with. I really enjoy programming and the DEITEL book made learning C++ very discouraging. I bought Smiley's book and learning C++ became very exciting. Smiley makes learning very exciting and intriguing. This is an excellent starting place to learn C++. It's as if Smiley is right there in person holding your hand every step of the way. You will learn a tremendous amount of information. It would be very exciting (for me) to attend one of Smiley's live classes.
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