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"I have wasted thousands of dollars with .NET books when I could have spent just a couple of hundred on yours and obtained everything I needed." -- Charles T. Blankenship

About the Author

Pren brings a wealth of training expertise to this book. Along with handling corporate training assignments, he's been a UCLA Extension instructor for more than 20 years, teaching C, C++, Visual C++, C#, Java, and JavaScript courses to professional developers. In fact, Pren began using Murach's C# in his courses in 2005 and liked it so much that he offered to write Murach's C++ 2008 using Murach's C# 2008 as a model.

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.


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Product Details

  • Series: Murach: Training & Reference
  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates (October 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774547
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric Mortensen on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I first learned how to write programs in C and C++ when I attended Grad school between 1989 and 1991. In my first job after college I worked as a application developer writing C code that interfaced with an Oracle database. But since I left that job, I have not needed to write C or C++ program. So when I got this book I was interested to see if I could relearn the C++ in order to write an application with it. In reading the book, I discovered that this book is first and foremost a book on how code windows applications in Microsoft C++ in Microsoft's Visual Studio on the .NET framework.

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.
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I had the fortunate pleasure of experiencing Prentiss' teaching acumen and style firsthand when he was an instructor at UCLA; so, from my experience, this book is very similar to the way Prentiss teaches: practical, common sense and results oriented. I am an engineer (both practicing and teaching) with over 25 years of experience and was at one point intimately familiar with C/C++. This book is a polished gem and it helped me quickly relearn what I had lost, as well as painlessly brought me up todate on the Microsoft ".NET" and "Visual Studio" environments. The organization and flow of this book also helps reduce the complexity of the language and the environment by feeding you just the right kernels of knowledge in just the right order. This book would be very useful as a formal language course text book, as a reference, or as a self-taught course; so, whether you are just beginning, or a former expert, like me who was looking for a quick and easy refresher, this book hits the nail squarely on the head.
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The exercises are good, easy to follow and reinforce skills learned in the chapter. Examples build off each other.

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.
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Murach's C++ 2008 by Prentiss Knowlton is an extremely well designed book. I really like it that the book starts with an explanation of the .NET framework and the Visual Studio IDE. One of my previous gripes with Visual Studio was compiling and running legacy C programs. There was no Microsoft explanation with their product anywhere about how to do this. Dr. Knowlton addresses this issue and also explains how to combine legacy code and new C++ code.

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.
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