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Who's Afraid of More C++? Paperback – July 28, 1998

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Praise for Steve Heller's C++ Training Guide
"A remarkable book by a remarkable author. This is an extremely well-written book, different from most of the other C++ books you will come across, and it is one of the most effective you can pick up."

About the Author

Steve Heller has been a professional programmer for about 25 years, and is the President of Chrysalis Software Corporation, a consulting firm specializing in high-performance software, and practical, down-to-earth instructional materials. He is the author of two excellent books, Efficient C/C++ Programming and Who's Afraid of C++?.


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Product Details

  • Series: Who's Afraid Of?
  • Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; First edition. edition (July 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123391040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123391049
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,266,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. McPherson ( on July 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
** NOTE: If you are a beginner, this book is not for you just yet, read "Who's Afraid of C++?" first. **
Steve Heller has done it again! This is C++ for the masses. Imagine having a personal C++ expert teaching you and answering every C++ question you have... in real time! Well, this book is the next best thing -- and not too much different. "Who's Afraid of More C++?" (like its predecessor) is written more as a novel than a technical tome, every page taking you deeper into the intricate world of C++ and revealing the mysteries of this powerful language. Once I opened my copy of the manuscript, I could hardly put it down!
However, at the core of the this very readable book is a technical masterpiece! I found each page packed with indispensable hints, tips, and revelations. Some books teach C++, while others specialize in "Effective" programming techniques -- this book does BOTH superbly. Save some money and get this DOUBLE WHAMMY! Last year I thought "Inheritance" was just something I wasn't going to be getting from any of my relatives; no longer!
What makes this book so special is that Steve's wife, Susan, is the C++ student that Steve is teaching throughout. As you read, you can imagine her reading, too, because just as you read something you're not so clear on, Susan pipes up and asks the question for you. Her knack for doing this is uncanny! What ensues is a dialog (originally Email-based) between Steve and Susan. Steve answers Susan's questions until she understands the topic thoroughly -- and by that time, I did too. Steve's style will appeal to the C++ novice, as well as those C++ gurus looking to tune up their skills.
By the way, this is much more than just a book. Steve answers his Email!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the long-awaited sequel to "Who's Afraid of C++?," in which Steve Heller introduced the unique idea of not just teaching, but learning by example, inviting the reader to follow along with Susan, a total novice to programming. By the end of that volume, we had gone from the basic mechanics of writing and compiling simple C++ programs to an understanding of classes and object-oriented programming. Steve and Susan showed that these "advanced" concepts, approached from the standpoint of a novice, were really no more difficult than other programming issues like data types and flow control, usually regarded as more "basic." Tantalizingly, the first volume seemed to end just when the story started getting really good - when the reader just started getting a glimpse of the full power of C++.
This second volume immediately plunges ahead into new conceptual territory, laying out in the first three chapters what will become the core of the book - the ideas of encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Building upon the classes developed in the first volume for the "grocery store inventory" scenario, the conceptual leaps from object-oriented classes, to inherited classes, to virtual functions and polymorphic objects occur so fast I almost felt assaulted by them. In fact, by the end of the third chapter, I had to put the book down, go back and reread the last 100 or so pages of "Who's Afraid of C++?" and then come back to the beginning of chapter 3. On the second reading, it clicked!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
The genius of Steve Heller has created a masterful sequel to his original work "Who's Afraid of C++." His treatment of complex topics like encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism demonstrates an understanding of the difficult process of learning advanced C++ concepts. Steve's goal is to help the reader understand how to create his or her own class as opposed to simply referencing classes created by others. His writing style, which includes using a student-teacher dialogue, is unique in the world of C++ instruction. All of the topics covered follow a logical progression of thought. His in-depth treatment of memory addresses and program instructions enables the reader to see at a glance the complex workings of the execution of a C++ program. The highpoint of the book has Steve teaching a unique method for the creator of a class to hide pointers from the user of a class in order to prevent many of the common memory-allocation problems associated with C++. As he did in the original "Who's Afraid of C++", Steve encourages the reader to build a working example of the techniques covered in the book. The software included with the book has the source files used and a C++ compiler on CDROM. There is also an e-mail discussion group that allows the reader to contact other readers and Steve himself regarding issues covered in the book. In addition to all the C++ covered, Steve offers his thoughts on the Y2K problem and its consequences. If you really want to understand C++ and develop your general programming skills, you can't go wrong with this volume.
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