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    Hello all!

    Greetings, everyone! My name is Dom, and I am brand new to programming. I have decided to take on the daunting task of learning C++, and perhaps even make a career out of it. I am a college freshman, and have always had an interest in programming, but the thought of learning how to program has been something that has always scared me. However, I have decided to put my mind to it, and after only a few days of reading C++ for Dummies (yes, okay, I bought it), have found that it is surprisingly easy for me to learn, so far. I know I have quite a long road ahead of me, but I am excited about going as far as I can.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say hello, and I look forward to spending time here learning.

    - Dom

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    hello Dom, glad to have you here. Hopefully you will find this community helpful and friendly!

    few tips right from the start:
    1. before posting any question, search these boards and look in the FAQ; the question might have already been answered, especially if it is a relatively simple one a beginner would ask.
    2. make sure your read the STICKY threads that are in the forums, they tell you about the guideliness and the use of code tags
    3. please get a different book - the "for dummies" one is simply dreadful. You could click here for suggestions.


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    Yes, it is horribly confusing, and I got to the sixth chapter, and built a (albiet *very* simple) program, and went "Wow, I don't feel like I've learned anything." So I will definitely go after your suggestions.

    If anyone else has any suggestions for books, let me know. I like things that include lots of source code that I can copy and fiddle with. I learn best by doing, and messing up, not just reading.

    - Dom

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    C++ Black Book by Coriolis publications. It is very good.
    What is C++?

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    no need for a book when you are begining. just go to http://cplus.about.com and learn, learn, learn. after reading all of the 35 tutorials there are a few more advanced ones on random numbers and stuff like that. if theres something you cant code after learning this whole site, buy a book

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    >>no need for a book when you are begining.<<

    you yourself are the proof that this statement is completely wrong!

    some entropy with that sink? entropysink.com

    there are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. - franz kafka

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    LOL!

    You could try my tutorial though - provided that you don't use IE.
    All the buzzt!
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    Umfortunately, Corned, I do use IE, even though I gew up on Netscape, and keep meaning to switch over...

    I wanted to let you guys know that I found a really great book called Beginning C++ Programming . It's from Thompson Course Technology, so I think it's actually a textbook. However, it centers around creating very simple video games that emphasise different fundaments, i.e. the chapter on Functions shows you how to build a Mad Lib game.

    Anyway, I will probably have my nose stuffed in it for the next week or so, and I'll post any questions I have. Thanks again for your help.

    - Dom

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    Read C++ programming fundamentals, I can almost guarantee you'll find it usefull.
    Arrays, file I/O, functions, classes, pointers, structures, inheritance, algorithms, you name it!Also complete source code for each one. I got it at the library and renewed it again, it is really usefull

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    Umfortunately, Corned, I do use IE, even though I gew up on Netscape, and keep meaning to switch over...
    Go with Firefox - much better, and it's also free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_mackrory
    Go with Firefox - much better, and it's also free.
    True that... true that.
    What is C++?

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    you will learn a lot more just from reading these forums

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