- Series: Teach Yourself in 24 Hours Series
- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Sams; Bk&CD-Rom edition (June 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672310678
- ISBN-13: 978-0672310676
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,377,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The title Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours may sound gimmicky, but this is actually a useful tutorial to some of the most important aspects of the C++ language. The author, Jesse Liberty, has invented twenty-four short lessons on essential C++ features for programmers who have basic backgrounds in C programming. Early lessons start with the fundamentals of the C++ language, such as program organization, expressions, and statements, and then go on to cover the central elements of using classes. The chapters that introduce special C++ language, such as pointers and references, function, and operator overloading, are the most effective because they display how C++ contrasts from C. Later chapters on templates and structured exception handling show off these special C++ language features with concrete examples. The author also ventures into some pretty far-ranging turf, with discussions of inheritance, polymorphism, and even object-oriented design, but does not give these complex subjects the full treatment they require.
Later chapters on templates and structured exception handling work much better, as they show off these special C++ language features with concrete examples. Overall, Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours is no substitute for a more comprehensive C++ guide, but it does offer some concise examples of the language's most important features. It can certainly serve as a worthy supplement to other guides for aspiring C++ programmers.
From the Publisher
Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours follows the step-by-step approach of the Teach Yourself series to show readers C++ basics in a quick, easy-to-learn method. Since it doesn't focus on any one compiler, readers learn to program in C++ using the compiler of their choice. - Teaches the basics of C++ in an easy, task-oriented format
- Covers ANSI C++-one of the core languages being taught in schools
- CD-ROM includes a C++ compiler, third party programming tools and all sample source code from the text
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I am a computer science major who is just learning programming -- I do some *nix scripting at work and am learning Java in another course. It may be that Java is simply a much more user-friendly language (notwithstanding whatever corollary-drawbacks there are to that), but the books I've been using to learn that language are much more straightforward. I've purchased C++ Primer Plus and, straight-away, it looks to be a much better book than this for this language. It's very thick, but, hopefully, that means things are better explained.
The authors do have some good Dan Gookin-like jokes. The end of every chapter has some questions about the content of the chapter and the last question is about something completely random. Interesting if not completely nonsensical.
As per the 24 hrs experience, you will be treated as though you have no programming knowledge whatsoever. For those who fit this category, this book is definitely for you. Even for those who know languages fluently like Visual Basic or Java, this book is a nice (albeit tedious) introduction to C++.
Now if I knew C++ I may suggest this as a reference guide to refresh someone on how the language worked. Or if I knew another language, I can see where if you knew the complexities of programming that these lessons would make sense. But as someone who was hoping to be able to code something useful at the end of reading this book, sadly I must say that does not seem possible.