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C++ How to Program (5th Edition) 5th Edition
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About the Author
Dr. Harvey Deitel is one of the world's leading computer science instructors and seminar presenters, and author of more than a dozen books. He worked on the pioneering operating system teams in industry and academia that developed many of the techniques at the heart of operating systems like UNIX®, Windows NT™ and OS/2™.Paul Deitel has taught Visual Basic, Java, C and C++ at numerous hardware and software companies, including Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, Open Environment Corporation, Adra Systems, and Cambridge Technology Partners, and is himself an expert developer.
The Deitels are principals of Deitel & Associates, Inc., an international training organization specializing in Visual Basic, Java, C and C++, and object technologies.
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C++ How to Program is a well-written C++ textbook designed for use in college undergraduate computer science classes. It includes all the information you'd need regarding computers, programming languages, and C++. At the end of each chapter is a summary of the concepts covered, and a set of self-text exercises. This book is not only a good reference, it's a good instructional source. It's by far the best book on C or C++ that I've ever read (and that includes Kernighan and Ritchie).
If you're looking for a book on C++, buy this one and *not* the popular one with the mountains on the cover.
Disclaimer: I haven't finished the book yet, I'm through 7 chapters. I figured I'd leave this review while I remembered to do so.
Prior to this book I had next to 0 programming experience. The book does a great job of guiding the reader through the basics. The book typically gives an explanation, shows a very simple example, adds a few layers of information, shows a slightly more complex example, and continues this through the chapter. The chapters are divided up into good chunks of information. Chapter 5 on functions probably should have been subdivided, it felt like it dragged on and on and contained obnoxiously large amounts of information. For the most part the book doesn't assume you know too much, and gives plenty of background information before diving in. There have been a few times where I felt like it came up short in certain areas and didn't give a fair explanation prior, but these are few and far between.
One of my favorite things about this book are the examples at the end of the chapter. They start out simple and get more challenging, and there are an abundant amount of examples. If you purchased a new book you get an access code which provides additional resources online, including the sample code throughout the chapter for you to easily compile and play with as well as answers to certain problems at the end of the chapter. Here's where one of my biggest problems with the book comes. The online resources provided with a new book only contain answers to the end-of-chapter problems for chapters 1, 2, and then 10+. What in the hell happened to solutions for chapters 3 through 9? Here's why the book gets 4 stars. In my opinion chapters 2 through 8 are the meat and potatoes of the book. Selection(if, if...else), sequence and repetition(loops) are covered in these chapters. Functions (and prototypes) are covered in these chapters. These are the basic building blocks and extremely important. So I've spent a ton of time working through the end-of-chapter problems and it sucks that the solutions for chapters 3 through 9 aren't there. In some cases I'm stumped by the problem, in other cases I've come to a solution and I'd like to compare my methodology (a new programmer) to theirs (an experienced programmer).