I've "come into some money" and I've decided to go on a book buying spree. I've been doing some searching around and some browsing of the board and I've come up with these books:
"The C++ Programming Language" by Stroustrup
"Effective C++" by Meyers
"Programming Windows" by Petzold
and "Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 9.0" Frank D. Luna
I have a couple of questions about these:
Programming Windows is pretty old. I realise the API is pretty much the same, but I heard rumours of Longhorn scrapping the API, which seems unlikely to me (?). I also realise that longhorn is a few years away, so I guess it will be useful.
And the last one on DirectX, I really want a book on DX9.0, learning an outdated version seems pointless. On amazon.com, this book has a 5 star rating, but there are only 3 reviews. Does anyone have this book and if so is it any good, and if not can you recommend a better one.
I am shopping for books to last me a while, and I'm unsure of where I eventually want to specialise with regard to programming, so I want to cover my bases. Last thing, are there any other books that you would really recommend (I guess I'm kinda mid-level)?
EDIT: Oh yeah, and I wasn't sure where to post this so sorry if it's on the wrong board.