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Good for absolute beginners
on September 1, 2010
An Introduction to Programming with C++ by Zak is a great initial textbook or those interested in exploring C++ programming concepts from absolute scratch. I am using this book in a beginner course- it starts from an assumption of zero knowledge and progresses at a slow enough clip that you are able to understand the basics more completely than with other books.
Having said that- there are some issues with the text- I taught myself the C programming language and there are basic syntax conventions that are not adequately addressed, and some not at all. She also makes broad generalizations which are not in-line with common coding conventions. I still learned a lot from this book, but I recommend augmenting your studies with other books. I taught myself C with the C for Dummies: All in One Desk Reference- which is a fantastic resource. There is also an on-line tutorial/ forum website which I regularly reference: [...]
There is no absolutely perfect beginner's resource to begin your journey into programming- just find a few resources which are useful to you, and then go from there. Experience and the spirit of exploration and curiosity are the best tools at your disposal, so use them.