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    Please recommend me a good C++ book

    I went to the library 2 days ago to buy a C++ book , but i found lots of books that seem very good and left the place confused. Then i came back to home and went to Amazon to read readers reviews but most of them didn't make sense or apparently weren't fair.

    so... here are the top 2 C++ books i found :
    1. Ditel & Ditel : C++ how to program.
    2. C++ from ground up.


    there are many others , but only these two apply to the latest C++ standard (i guess). so what do you think??

    If you've learned\read from any other books wich seemed pretty simple and clear to you , please list their names..

    thanks in advance.
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    There is always 'The C++ Programming Language' by Bjarne Stroustrup. In case you don't know, he is the one who created the language.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0201700735/qid=1085772823/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-1491301-0563857?v=glance&s=books
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    There is not "best book" to learn C++ from. The two you mention have their supporters as do:

    Teach Yourself C++ in 21 days by Liberty
    Accelerated C++ by Koenig and Goo(?)

    among others. If you found one that you found easy to read, etc., go for it. If you find yourself interested in C++ I suspect very strongly you'll end up with several books, maybe even more than one "beginners" book, eventually.

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    Do you have any experience in C++?

    Kuphryn

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    There are a lot of books out there to choose from.
    The one I have is "C++ programing for the absolute beginner"
    I would recomend this one.

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    Two that I liked are:

    "The Complete Idiot's Guide to C++" which assumes you don't know how to program at all.

    "Game Programming All-In-One" which teaches you C++, then the Win32 console, and finally DirectX.

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    Last time I suggested a book, I also advised against other books which cause some guys to get angry. So this time I will only suggest "C++ Primer Plus" by Stephen Prata.

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    Deitel C++ How To Program would be the choice out of those two books.It assumes you have no experiance and teaches you with complete apps.Do not get any books from bjourne at this stage of the game.His is not a book for beginners. Check out this site.
    www.deitel.com.

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    "C++ Primer Plus" by Stephen Prata.
    'The C++ Programming Language' by Bjarne Stroustrup
    I second these. Both very good.

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    i have robert lafore's object-oriented programming in C++. i had no experience in C++ and it starts you out quite nicely. the exercises are nice, states clearly what the book wants you to code. the only thing about this book is the exercises at the end of each chapter are sometimes too easy. it doesnt challenge programming logic like i want it to.

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    I'm using "C++ How To Program" by Deitel & Deitel.

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    I forgot to mention that im a C programmer. D&D is quite expensive but looks worth the money.

    Thanks alot for the replies MrWizard , elad, Salem , kuphryn, new001,Frobozz , Skorman00, Big146 , Dalek, xion and yeohhs

    and sorry for the late reply.
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    Ah! You're a C programmer!!!

    You might take a look at Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days, by Jesse Liberty. But, it might be too simplistic for you... He likes to make "dog" and "cat" classes. You could probably burn-thru the book in a week. It would give you a good introduction to objects & classes, and also introduce you to some of the "new" things in C++.

    The C++ Standard Library, by Nicolai M. Josuttis doesn't cover the entire C++ library, but he does completely cover the C++ Standard Template Library. The STL includes the C++ container classes (Linked Lists, etc.). The STL is "the other" major improvement to the C language (besides classes and objects). Josuttis also covers C++ strings (You don't have to use character arrays in C++), and some of the other features that are not included in C.

    Thinking in C++, by Bruce Eckel is another book to consider. The author expects you to know C. You can download PDF copies of both volumes FREE! Or, you can purchase hard-copies.

    I don't believe there are any complete reference books for the C++ language, but Dinkumware.com has an online reference that covers ALL of the functions in ALL of the standard C++ header files, which you can access freely on the net. Or, you can download the HTML file for about $20.00. Hang-on to your Kernighan & Ritchie book.. All that stuff still works in C++. (I just assume that every C programmer owns the "K & R" book. )

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    I own a good portion of the books listed above by members... but i always return to my Deitel&Deitel book for reference. Please note that does not make it the best book for newbies... try Learn C++ in 21 Days

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