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Murach's C++ 2008 (Murach: Training & Reference) Paperback – October 26, 2009
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About the Author
Pren was introduced to computers by his high-school physics teacher in the 60's, and he's been immersed in C and its descendants since day one. Programming at the famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, consulting for telecommunications companies, teaching extension courses at UCLA, he's seen the language through all its permutations, and he knows it inside-out. Now, you can take advantage of his extensive knowledge and teaching ability in this C++ book.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a great book if you are looking to learn the how to use Microsoft C++ in Visual Studio 2008 environment. This book also provides a good introduction the basic language elements of the C++ language. And like all Murach books, this book provides many great coding examples illustrating C++ language elements that are discussed in this book.
One thing I really liked about this book is how the author discussed how to test and debug C++ code in the Visual Studio environment. This is an important topic that all developers need to use when developing any application.
The only thing that I didn't really like about this book is that the author did not start describing what Object Oriented program is until the third section of the book. I found that I did not truly understand the C++ language and especially the C++ language syntax until I understood these concepts well. While there is a brief 4 page introduction to Object Oriented programming in chapter 3, what is written there does not go in enough detail to help new developers understand some of the descriptive text written in this book before object oriented programming concepts are discussed in more detail.Read more ›
My only complaint, it would be difficult to complete the book unless you use the same compiler and programming environment they use. I tried to use this book to help reinforce learning in a class I was taking, but ended up not using this book till after the class was over because the examples in the book are compiler dependent.
I like the this series of books, it is a great way to learn programming languages. I have used this series to learn PHP and MySQL. The way the examples build from the previous example really reinforces learning, and shows to how to build a complex program from the ground up.
The book discusses how to navigate the Visual Studio environment and how to design forms without either going at a baby pace or being too complex to follow. There is a wonderful sequence of disclosing progressively complex issues. The exercises are very informative and well structured. The book includes information about how to debug applications and the applications presented are useful in themselves -- not silly examples. The book discusses both web applications and Windows applications. Even details like time and date formats are discussed. It is great that using XML with C++ is a topic in book. The discussions about inheritance, scope, data types, exceptions and overloading are brilliant and easy to understand.
This book is a must for anyone who wants to learn C++ without either wasting time or becoming confused. The thing that is so wonderful about the book is the emphasis on practical solutions to the tasks you want to do as a programmer (like associating code with forms). The double page approach is a wonderful way of presenting the "lessons". It is very easy to find any topic in the book because the Table of Contents is so comprehensive and there is also an extensive index. My congratulations to Prentiss Knowlton for writing a truly great programming book. You can tell at a glance that Dr. Knowlton has had extensive real-world experience teaching programming languages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great for those who already know another language. I picked this up after learning java in a CS course in college. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Sean Wilson
This book is a practical way to learn how to write C and C++ programs. My past experience is in coding programs in C# and Java, so this book was a useful way for me to learn a new... Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Marvin Schneider
Murach's C++ 2008 is very lacking, esspecially compared his C++ 2005.
NOTHING in there on using data bases, and very light on using winddows forms CLI programming. Read more
To start off I really have come to love the way Murach writes their books. One page is text and the adjoining are/is the syntax along with examples. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by CodeMonkeyJunkie
Recently I selected the Murach C++ 2008 textbook to replace an older textbook used
in a High School Intro to C++ programming class that I have taught for 10 years. Read more
I have seldom come across a book that so clearly and simply explains difficult concepts. When going through it, one feels they are being spoon fed concepts that would otherwise... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Babak Sapir
This book was chosen for the class I am taking because it has a 5 star rating. I find this book extremely frustrating to use, the code has no comments, and as I am enduring it,... Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by K. Stevens
[copied from my review on amazon.co.uk]
Yes, I believe C++2008 is a new language. It is based on the old favourite, C++, but sits atop the . Read more
This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone who would like to learn C++ or update their skills to the latest version. This book is the ultimate C++ book! Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by SS