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Visual C++ in 12 Easy Lessons/Book and Cd-Rom Paperback – July 1, 1995
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This is the perfect book for beginning programmers. This book/disk set not only teaches users how to start writing code in a short period of time, but also supplies the compiler needed to generate that code. - Series elements take readers step by step through the learning process, pulling out new concepts and highlighting key points
- Includes a full-color tear-out card that details syntax and shortcuts
- 3 CD-ROMs contain the genuine Visual C++ compiler needed to run all the programs in the book, source code, and answers to all the questions from the book's lessons
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Greg's style was crisp and to the point. It was easy to read. BUT, more importantly, the book was chock full of assignments. This is great, because you don't really know that you've learned anything until you actually write code yourself. Also, the disk had answers to the questions. So you can test yourself.
Greg with the help of Ian Spencer emphasized code style, white space and readability along with the basic C++ syntax. Because of this book, I've purchase other books by this author because I thought this one was so well written. I also own his Crash Course in QBasic, Visual Basic in 12, Easy Lesson, Turbo C++ in 12 Easy Lessons and his Java book. I've been pleased with most of my books I've purchased by this author. His Java book didn't keep the style of programming assignments and end of chapter questions as his other books, so I didn't like that one as well. Also, this book "Visual C++ Programming in 12 Easy Lessons" does a great job of teaching the basics of Object-Oriented Programming. So, you can go on to advance topics in OOP with confidence.
ONE WARNING: Greg recommends different books to advance you knowledge. Most of the books he recommends were excellent for going on in C++ programming. He does at one point recommend on the accompanying disk a book titled "Assembly Language for Real Programmers Only" to learn assembly language. Though this book by Marcus Johnson is a great book, it's not a good entry level text. I did buy it. It's actually an advanced book that also double as a reference. So, you may want to get "Assembly Language Step by Step" to learn beginning assembly language programming.
Even though this book is from the mid 90s, I would highly recommend this book for beginners to learn Visual C++. A working copy of Visual C++ comes with the book on a CD.