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C++ Programming in Easy Steps Fourth Edition Edition
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Here are some important adjuncts. An excellent C++ language (console edition, by Orwell) can be downloaded from the internet at no charge on the sourceforge site. There is a wonderful source on the internet called cplusplus which has an extensive reference base and a very active forum to answer questions and help with problems. This is particularly important with C++ because there are a zillion little quirks in the language (example: who knew that you can't load a file title from a saved string but have to add the suffix .c_str on the string?). You will find the participants in the forum are tolerant and patient for what may seem to be even the most stupid questions. Be very careful downloading material, many C++ sites contain spyware/computer viruses which are impossible to remove. The site recommended above seems to be free of these problems.
Your reward: C++ is here to stay and is the basis for most new languages. I wondered why until completing the implementations of my previous applications. C++ is 20 times faster (I measured it) than my old compiled Pascal programs, is more facile, and works with many operating systems.
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I'm not sure if the material is at a level lower than my skill or if I overestimated how much I'd lost in the years. There are no complete blocks of sample code in the book. The step-by-step instructions for each example have you define functions, start your main function, go back and add code to the defined functions, come back and add to the main. I found it somewhat confusing without seeing a complete block of example code. The source code is available to download, but that doesn't do much for you if you're reading on a train/bus/etc.
The book claims you do not need programming experience. I'll just say that If I handed this book to my somewhat tech savvy mother, she'd be able to recreate the example, but she wouldn't learn much about programming. It does explain things at a very basic level that may give a complete novice a place to start from, but they'd need to buy another book or take a class to learn more about thinking in terms of problem solving with a program etc. The entire book is along the lines of "Here is this data type/function" and "Here's how it works". It does give some examples, but very basic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exceptionally done. Thru repetition, you do actually really learn and it sticks with you. Appropriate length and content for each lesson.Published 1 month ago by George Matty
Arrived timely and just as described. Clear directions and very easy to follow.Published 1 month ago by C. Bell
I borrowed this book from the library, but didn't want to give it back, so I purchased it. This book explains everything in minute detail and that was very helpful to me.Published 3 months ago by Ferris Millbrae
This book does not explain anything... I would return it if I could.Published 11 months ago by Tyson
This book was a rather boring but at the same time it was boring because it jumps straight to the point and shows you how do get a given task done. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Garrett Gaston
The book is called "Easy Steps" but I find that it teaches more than "Easy Steps". The book briefly outlines every main components of C++ programming language, I... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sam W.S Ng