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Charlie Calvert's Borland C++Builder Unleashed Paperback – May 1, 1997
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Written by one of the foremost Borland C++ experts and part of Borland Press collection, this all-in-one guide provides unparalleled technical accuracy and access to insider information. - Ebony is the much-awaited programming tool of choice from Borland for developers
- Includes extensive coverage of the Windows 95 environment, Object-Oriented programming, serial communications, forms and ActiveX controls, SQL and Tquery, and handling messages
- CD-ROM includes electronic versions of two best-selling Sams Publishing titles, utilities, and source code from the book
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I surfed the Net for some good doco on the language and I found this book (the full text in the form of a free eBook).
I love this book. It certainly doesn't tell you everything. But with the richness of a language like C++, the merging of the Object pascal visual components library (VCL) and all the other stuff you need to know these days how can any ONE book possibly do that.
What it does do however is to concentrate on the new aspects of Borland's C++ language which are introduced with C++ Builder (namely the VCL and the associated components). Just what you need if you are already familiar with the older libraries and do not want yet another book that describes libraries that are in every other reference book. Ad infinitum!
I have thumbed through several C++ Builder books in bookstores that simply regurgitate the same old material. One in particular had just a few pages on the VCL. A waste of my hard earned money!
What does this book have that the others don't?: Well besides detailed overview's, explanation's, information, examples and some great trivia (some don't like this 'property' of the author, but personally I find it refreshing ... and often enlightening). HE CONCENTRATES ON THE "VCL". Yay team!
Look to put it bluntly! The man - Charlie - and the language is my dupli-hero! (I have to roll them up into a big ball of enlightenment which is greater than the sum of its parts). With their help I was able to build a plethora (...What is a plethora Jose?...) of useful utilities at work, that actually improved our efficiency and allowed me to go home at a reasonable hour.
I am so grateful for a really useful text that I have decided to purchase a real copy of this book (as opposed to the free ebook that I was using as a reference) as homage to the man. This book is my Bible!
Note 1: His subsequent work covering C++ Builder 3 Unleashed is also a rip snorter (that's Aussie for 'excellent'). Again, this does NOT retrace all the stuff from his previous book, but takes us even deeper.
Note 2: To all you VB programmer's out there ... C++ builder is Visual basic with GRUNT. No. Sorry. I mean MEGA GRUNT!
Gotta go now. See what's in his "C++ Builder 4 Unleashed"!
Thanks Charlie. Hope to thank you personally soon!
As for the content, this is a book to read if you are aspiring to be an application programmer and believe that Internet, Microsoft (surprise), and Database programming are things to learn in the new future.
Why?? because it explains in depth about SQL, it serves a healthy dose of DCOM, Internet programming, even Game Programming. If you are even slightly interested in one or more of those areas, you ought to check this book out.
The example programs are also interesting albeit rather hard to compile.
I have checked out other Borland C++ Builder books and none of them is close to this one in terms of contents and original ideas presented
It was also a nice reference on Creating Components and bypassing VCL Events and dealing directly with the Win32 API, although it didn't quite cover well on why you would want to do so.
I bought this book because I was interested in some of the intermediate and advanced concepts that were not covered in Teach Yourself Borland C++ in 21 Days. I came back dissapointed, not any better off than when I started.
I have read in recent memory. The code is about
half way explained, disorganized, and errors abound.
Trust me on this one. Try one of the other books.
C++Builder is an awesome development tool.
It deserves better than this