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Product Details

  • Series: Beginner's Guides
  • Paperback: 641 pages
  • Publisher: Peer Information Inc. (January 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874416265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874416265
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Beginner's Guide to C++ eliminates the complexity of C++ by introducing classes in manageable bits. Yaroshenko is a master of the learning-by-examples-school of teaching: He marks "Try it out!" on every other page and features a simple problem to illustrate a recently introduced concept.

This huge volume is one of the more unorthodox works in the C++ genre. Yaroshenko sometimes identifies concepts in an odd but interesting way; for example, the chapter on arrays and iteration is titled "Working with Large Amounts of Data" and the chapter on input/output functions is titled "Using Disks." The book is also peppered with three-dimensional black-and-white graphs, which start to look psychedelic after all-night programming sessions. However, The Beginner's Guide to C++ provides more detail than many other C++ introductions and includes dozens of examples that illustrate how to create classes.

Customer Reviews

This book is really great for a beginner.
Patient with Mathematics
So I decided to look around to find a book that will not put me to sleep while I am trying to learn, and I think I did.
m0oseman@aol.com
This book is still probably the best beginner's C++ book out there.
Brian W. Kulik

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book very helpful, especially since I am truly a novice in programming. This book gives a good step-by-step explanation of the program examples. It is simple and not too technical. It gave me a jump start into other books that get deeper into C++ programming.I think it is a great starting tool if you have never programmed before! Highly recommended!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
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If you really want to program successfully, this is your book. This guy knows what he is doing and explains it in a clear, precise way. Ive bought a lot of programming books in the past, to name a few: C for dummies Volume 1 and 2(excellent), Teach yourself C in 21 days(intermediate/advanced), C++ for dummies(sucks), and many others. The Beginners Guide to C++ is by far the best one. Not only does the book explain how to do things almost perfectly, but it explains why and how it works. I won't say anymore, but let me end by saying I highly recommend this book and would buy any more books made by Yaroshenko.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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I'm 15, and I understood evey concept in this book. I've read many others which confuse you with a lot of technical words, but not this one. They do define everything with the same technical jargan, but then they go back and explain all the examples almost line by line to show you how all the parts fit together. I would definately tell anyone interested in starting programming to use this book to build a rock-solid understanding of the workings of C++
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 1999
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This book is much better than the one I have to read for my C++ class. It goes more in depth with a lot of examples of code. They only thing I do not like about it is Oleg does not explain why a lot of the things are necassary. After playing around and doing other programs it became apparent, but it would have been nice to know why a pointer is good to have, etc... All in all a really decent book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
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I am about 3/4 of the way through the book and find it a good source for first time C++ coders, and even more so for people with no prior C language experience. Although, having some experience is good. The book has some grammer and spelling errors, and even some errors in the sample code, but they are more of an annoyance than a learning show stopper, if you are paying attention. The way Oleg presents examples, showing multiple ways of defining and declaring variables, pointers, function, etc... is great, but I wish he would have explained in the begining in a little more detail that he was doing that, and included more comments to that effect in the sample code or discussions. I eventually picked up on this fact, and now look for where he does this. There are also style issues. He does not consistantly adhere to any one style of typing in his code. Although C/C++ is very flexible with white space, it is nice to learn good coding style, a style more or less standard in the industry would be even better. I believe a revision or two would make this book a five star choice, but as is, it is still a valuable learning tool.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
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Please note that I did not use the term 'beginners'. This book is an excellent resource for 'beginning programmers', that is, people who have had experience in easy languages such as LOGO or BASIC. I am a little over half-way through the book (will start OOP soon) and am amazed at how easy it is to understand. Although there aren't quizzes (here's the scenario, write a program), there are many perfectly written examples that guide the reader to understand what is going on, while at the same time learning new things. I love it how once you have learned a command or function he will give you what seems to be yet another example, but within the example is a brand new concept. It's amazing how Yaroshenko has devised such incredible book. As stated in the introduction, all you need to know to start reading is a basic knowledge of High School math and the will to get through a 500+ page book. Excellent work, Yaroshenko!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luke on September 4, 1998
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This is by far the WORST book I've read on programming. By the second chapter the book deviates from the ANSI C++ standard, using commands left over from C that can cause conflicts in more advanved programs, utilizes blatently sloppy programming technique (again okay for now- but will cause big problems later), and introduces very advanced concepts before the most basic of programming skills is mastered. My biggest problem with this text is that, to work properly, almost all of the example programs require header files that are not available in any standard distribution (g++, for example). What good is an example if you can't get it to work? I don't know who the above reviews came from- as an Engineering major at Duke University, I can now look back and wonder how I ever got anywhere trying to learn from this horrible book. My recommendation would be to go to your local college text book store and ask for whatever it is they use for introductory C++ programming. Good luck!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cool T on July 25, 2000
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I have already taken a C++ course at a prominent university, but fealt that many basic concepts were missed.
I picked up this book to read and learn and "grasp" the topic better. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS BOOK HAS DONE FOR ME.
This is not a superficial covering of C++, in fact he dives into tough areas relatively quickly.
What seperates this book from others I have seen is his style. He writes quickly and simply about the topics at hand. There is a good deal of material packed into each chapter, but his readable style and constant use of "hands-on" examples doesn't leave your head spinning.
You can download all his code from a website, and follow along with the book. I only write when I hate something or love something. I LOVE THIS BOOK.
I hope this helps.
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