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Starting Out with C++: From Control Structures through Objects (7th Edition) Paperback – March 7, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0132576253 ISBN-10: 0132576252 Edition: 7th

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  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 7 edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132576252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132576253
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great coverage and examples." — Ronald Conway, Bowling Green State University

"I think one of the great strengths is the inclusion of all of the source code files throughout all of the chapters. Also, the variety of supplemental resources (VideoNotes, PowerPoint presentations, Check Point and review questions, test bank questions) are very useful and provide the student with many avenues in acquiring proficiency of the course material." — Jeanette Gibbons, South Dakota State University

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It was very well written and easy to understand.
meowkitty
This book is well structured for those learning C++, or any programming language, for the first time.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Maguire on February 17, 2012
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This is an excellent book if you are new to C++ or even if you have some prior programming experience. It covers numerous topics and a lot of the information can be generalized to other programming languages as well.

My one major complaint is that the author/publisher have only made the appendices and extra materials available for 6 months with a special online code, only one of which comes with the book. If you need a new code, you have to spend upwards of $20 for it. In case you purchase a used copy of this book, the code will likely already have been used. Isn't the point of buying a book so that you get all of the information in one place without having to pay ANOTHER $20 for a new code which only works for a limited time? Limited time literature, seriously? Stupid.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 26, 2013
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The textbook itself gets five starts. It does a great job of teaching a beginner programmer. Some of the chapters do seem to reiterate some topics more times than necessary, but perhaps that's the author choosing to err on the side of caution to make sure certain teaching points stick.

Taking online courses for my degree, I read this book pretty much from cover to cover. The book teaches to the beginner without being condescending. It is very well written with a lot of good examples, charts, figures, tables, etc. and tons of review questions throughout each chapter and yet more questions as well as "programming challenges" at the end of each chapter that give you a chance to apply what you've learned.

Having said that, Amazon only gets three stars on this book. If you buy the Kindle version, please note that it is NOT the same as the full print version provided by the link on the full print version's page. This Kindle "Brief Version" has some 200 fewer pages than the actual print version. Having seen the print version's table of contents, I noted that the chapters missing from the Kindle version include the following topics: Exceptions, Linked Lists, Stacks, Queues, Recursion, and Binary Trees. Therefore, if you're a computer science major, you probably want to go ahead and buy the full print version.

Had the Kindle version contained the last five chapters as I initially expected, it would get five stars. Now I know to verify Amazon's links by comparing the ISBN and page counts prior to buying a Kindle version. Live and learn...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Archon on February 21, 2013
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As a freshmen Computer Science major, I was slightly apprehensive about the text I would be using to truly learn my first programming language. Up until that point, my programming experience had been defined by some free Python tutorials which made even the simplest commands seem complex to me. C++ is a difficult language to learn. However, Gaddis really hits the mark with this text and two years later, I am still coming back to it again and again.

I have read numerous C++ texts now from C++ Primer, to Accelerated C++ and even Stroustrup's own books on the language he created. While those books are great, and offer perhaps more "intense" coverage of C++, Starting out with C++ will take you from having no experience of programming to a sound understanding of the intricacies of a complicated language. If you truly want to master C++, you will need to read those other books, but this one will get you up to the level necessary to really make use of them.

The book itself is quite large (over a thousand pages) but very readable. Its large size is due mainly to the massive number of programming examples found within it. Gaddis includes an entire, functioning program for all his programming examples (and there are hundreds of them). This allows you to see not only how to use a particular aspect of the language, but how it fits in with the other pieces of a program. On a side note, I am a huge fan of the extremely crisp, clean code that Gaddis uses. It's very readable, and has the tendency to spoil you as well. I found myself somewhat annoyed by the coding styles I found in other books since they are less readable than Gaddis's.

Gaddis does a tremendous job with this text, and if you read it carefully from page 1 onward, you'll never be left scratching your head.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By meowkitty on February 10, 2012
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I quite enjoyed this book for my first two C++ classes. It was very well written and easy to understand. The only negative thing I have to say is the answers to the chapter questions ARE NOT on the publisher's website anymore. They were during my first CS class but at the beginning of this year the answers were removed from the companion site. I questioned customer service about it and the representative could give me no explanation but said someone from another department would email me back, never did. They need to remove "answers to chapter questions" from the preface of the book since they are not providing them. It's fraudulent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B.K. on December 6, 2012
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This book is for an absolute beginner. If you don't have ANY prior experience with ANY programming language and are new to the computer scheme, this book is for you. It might become pretty slow and boring for someone who has experience with other languages, but it's invaluable for a beginner. This book takes time and explains everything in great detail before moving on. I've read 4 other "beginner" books before this one, and at times they seemed to move a little bit too fast, or forgot to explain certain things in great detail, which caused some confusion for me down the road. I also like the order of the information being presented in the book. It teaches easier concepts and then moves onto more elaborate and complex things.

As I've mentioned, this is my 5th "beginner" book, and I've given up on the other 4 because I felt lost half-way through those books. I've yet to have any difficulties with this one. I'm so glad I found it.
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