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Murach's C++ 2008 (Murach: Training & Reference) Paperback – October 26, 2009
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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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This particular paradigm i would recommend for someone who has had some programming experience. Try your best to not make VB.Net your first language. It was my first language i took in school and I have never liked anything about it. Most languages use the bracket style syntax (VB does not) and the sooner you learn to use that the better off you will be. That's just my opinion on VB. Yes C++ can be your first language, but starting out with something a little easier like C# will help you grasp basic concepts and get used to using .Net environment.
This book focuses on visual/Managed C++ .Net Environment and doesn't go into much if any detail of the more low level capabilities of C++. Just in case you didn't know C++ is the C paradigm syntax and capabilities plus object oriented .Net Programming. Hints C++ == C = C + 1
Even though this is a 2008 book the syntax works without error in VS10 and VS11.
Note: Visual studio 2010 has dropped intellisense support for C++ for various reasons. The soon to be released 2012 edition (Visual studio 11) will have intellisense for the C++ language. The beta of VS11 is out and works quite well once you get used to Microsoft changing the layout.
On a side note:
Once you become proficient at the C++ syntax and are ready to take on advanced concepts, I have found Professional C++ (Wrox Professional Guides) to be a really good next step. One complaint about Worx, they can be a little wordy at times and this particular book has some syntax errors in the threading section.
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.
NOTHING in there on using data bases, and very light on using winddows forms CLI programming.
Also, I sent a question to them...NO ANSWER.
Dissappointed in this book and the Murach operation.
There are a number of different methods of compiling and executing C++ using various IDE’s. One popular way that is being used is XCODE for the Apple computers. My experience is using Microsoft Visual Studio and .NET, so this book fits in to the type of development that I am used to.
What this book does (as well as the other Murach books) is to explain difficult ideas and technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. Another nice benefit is that the book acts as a tutorial to quickly learn the C++ language from scratch. You will be able to have a workable C++ programming application in much less time than if you used another C++ programming book. However, it also is a great reference book to look up specific details for a more experienced programmer.
One thing that I would like to see, if Murach decides to publish another book on C++ is a strong discussion on the use of pointers. A good possible application for how they worked with Linked Lists, with the programming to do Insert, Delete, and Traversing over various nodes.
A great feature of this book that I don’t see in other computer books is that Murach writers actually spend a great deal of time testing the application code on various platforms. Murach’s code actually works. Also, their books do not give you bug-laden snippets of code, but they essentially give you full workable applications (and downloaded) which can help one to become both proficient as well as productive in a shorter period time.
I also wish to add that even though C and C++ computer languages have been around for at least the last 20 years, they are still highly popular for financial applications, scientific applications, and gaming. One can search any of the job sites, such as Dice.com to find that C++ jobs are still very much in demand. The Murach book will undoubtedly enable one to gain expertise and strong C++ programming skills, to be marketable in today’s economy.
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