- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 24, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 020170353X
- ISBN-13: 978-0201703535
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 149 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With its innovative approach to teaching the language, Accelerated C++ will challenge readers in the right way. It suggests that you don't need to learn C to be productive in C++. Written in an approachable style, it deserves a close look from any C++ novice. --Richard Dragan
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Anyone reading just this one book and working through the examples and exercises will have the same skills as many professional programmers.--Jeffrey D. Oldham, Stanford University
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This is an especially great way for people who already know how to program, but want to learn C++ in particular. I come from a Perl and Python background, but want to get into the systems programming world. There is minimal belaboring of simple concepts like variables and loops, and instead the focus is on building useful abstractions and applying them to reasonable real world problems. Each chapter has some exercises at the end which cement and then extend what you learn in that chapter, but they manage not to end up feeling like college CS homework and not chew up more time than feels reasonable considering what you're trying to accomplish with the book.
The only complaint I have about this book is a strength and a weakness. As the chapters progress, the main example problem they have you work with (a program to keep track of and calculate students grades) continues to evolve and increase in complexity and features, which is great. The problem is, they often ask you to add a feature or reimplement a feature, assuming that you've either got it right there in front of you, and/or remember precisely how it was implemented. If you don't work through this book in some consecutive period of time (which I didn't - I took some breaks and/or used various machines to do different parts, and as such didn't have all my code nicely organized in one place) then it can take a considerable amount of effort to reimplement and/or rediscover the particular code they're asking you to modify. This is a reasonable expectation. It's just that if you don't have the same machine with a nice, organized copy of your code as you progressed, or if you've not been looking at the material for some time, it takes a good deal of effort to catch back up with where they want you to be in order to get on with the exercise they're asking you to do.
All in all, I learned the most programming I've learned from any book by focusing on the problems and features highlighted in this book. The explanations are all excellent and clear, and teach you not only the basic C++ language, object-oriented programming, and STL features such as copy() and find() that are standard ways of doing common actions in C++.