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Sams Teach Yourself Borland C++ Builder 3 in 21 Days Paperback – February 13, 1998
"At 800 pages, this book delves into some fairly advanced programming. Its introduction is a bit long-winded though. Still relevant to version four."PC Answers, July 2001
From the Back Cover
The drag-and-drop power of Borland(R) C++ Builder(TM) 3.0 is yours to command with Sams Teach Yourself Borland C++ Builder 3.0 in 21 Days. In no time, you'll be able to rapidly build programs from reusable ActiveX(TM) controls, Java(TM) Beans and Delphi(TM) components. Using the methods taught in this book, you can increase your productivity and leverage your knowledge of C++ 3.0 and Delphi(TM) to develop mainstream applications. The proven, step-by-step techniques of the Teach Yourself series show you how to accomplish specific tasks with this powerful new programming interface. Stop programming C++ the old-fashioned way, and start tapping into the visual programming power of Borland C++ Builder 3.0!
Top customer reviews
No es un libro actualizado, pero Kent Reisdorph es un excelente autor para aprender C++, después de estudiar este libro puedes usar el internet para acualizarte.
Most of the reviews here are generally positive and I think that the negative points are minor. Mastering a RAD device like C++ Builder is *not* something you will accomplish in one reading - there is just so much there. After reading this book, you should definitely be able to program in C++ and develop applications using C++ Builder - AND then you will have enough background to learn more. Your second book then should be the "Unleased" book or the "Developers" book. I found that my second reading opened up a better understanding of C++ classes and uses of the VCL (Visual Component Library - i.e. the use of Edit controls, DBGrid controls, data base Tables, etc.).
No book is an end all on a subject like this - but this is *definitely* the book you want to launch yourself from basic familarity to no familarity of BCB all the way up to being able to write some impressive C++ GUI applications using this marvelous RAD environment.
My observation - Borlands C++ Builder is much easier to master, and more productive when you are doing your programming versus the more cumbersome VC++. If you consider the Microsoft product over BCB, do it only because you favor Visual C++ not on its merits but instead on the influence that Microsoft has on the marketplace.
The book takes you from the total Builder novice to a level right under newbie Builder programmer. You cant actually code much after reading this book, but you have a very good understanding about the compiler and that helps when you are advancing.
I'd like to compare Builder and conventional compilers with languages like english and german. You learn english by using it, but german by studying it hard, particularly grammar.
What I mean is, get a book containing lots of examples and blaze away. I have looked at all the Builder books on the market. C++ Builder How-to will give you a kickstart. But if you aren't clever enough to learn the Builder interface by using examples and helpfiles, you are better off buying the Teach Yourself book. Or better still, buy both, and you have the dynamic duo. I rate it 4 stars because its so well written and because its the best choice for real newbies.
If Reisdorph would write a "Teach yourself MORE C++ Builder" for intermediate programmers I'm sure it would be a bestseller, cause his books are very well written.
Most recent customer reviews
It provides the fundamentals of C++Builder much enough.Read more