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    Which is best?

    Hi,

    Which do you think is the best book out of these:

    C++ Interactive Course
    (Publisher: Macmillan Computer Publishing)
    Author(s): ROBERT LAFORE
    ISBN: 1571690638
    Publication Date: 08/01/96

    Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days, Third Edition
    by Jesse Liberty
    Sams, Macmillan Computer Publishing
    ISBN: 0672315157 Pub Date: 02/12/99

    Thinking in C++, 2nd ed. Volume 1 & 2
    by Bruce Eckel

    Using C++
    by Rob McGregor
    Que, Macmillan Computer Publishing
    ISBN: 0789716674 Pub Date: 10/01/98

    The C++ Programming Language
    Third edition - by Bjarne Stroustrup

    Waite Group's Object-Oriented Programming in C++, Third Edition
    by Robert Lafore
    Sams, Macmillan Computer Publishing
    ISBN: 157169160x Pub Date: 11/25/98

    Which book is best for someone who already knows the very basics of C++?

    Thanks,
    Marc
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    Best for what???

    I think Stroustrop is an advanced text, but all inclusive. Eckel's to me makes more sense if you have knowledge of C before using it. Liberty and Lafore are both very good beginning to intermediate texts in my opinion. Liberty's 2nd edition is available online in full text version for free. I still prefe to have hard copy available too, but it is an option.

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    Thumbs up

    I would suggest you getting Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days Fourth Edition that's the book that I am currently using to learn C++ and it's one of the best one out there for beginners. This program uses real life examples and some humor to teach you.

    PS. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY KNOWING THE BASICS OF C++, WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE BASICS?
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    Well, I know the basics of CLASSES.
    I just started chapter 8 in Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days Third Edition.
    What dya think?
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    Thumbs up I am on Chapter 7 right now

    Hey I am just finishing up chapter 6 to move to chapter 7. Chapter 7 should be an easy one for me since I already know somewhat loops from C (which I know some), I think that's great, he is a great author and explains thing really good. Hey what do you say I like get your email or something so we can like do the course together and kinda of support each other?That way we try to keep at the same pace as the other and we can finish the course faster.

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    Ye sure,
    Is the Forth Version like the Third Version?
    My e-mail is: rvb@maltanet.net
    Thanks
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    P.S. Anymore suggestions on books?
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    Yeah I think that they're about the same maybe one page might be different than the other in numbers, like a book has a topic on 105 and the other on 110, but they should be very similar. Also the newer version fixes some mistakes that the older had, as well as introducing some new drawings and newer topics. But all in all they should be similar. On your question about suggestion for other books I am not sure what to tell you because you sure you can handle reading more than one book at once on C++?
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    Well actually, if I did find a better book, I was thinking of giving up reading Sams teach yourself c++ in 21 days and start the new book.
    Some people say that it is not a good book.
    I donno. Shall I keep reading it or find a new book?
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    Well most of the people I talked to told me that this was one of the best books for beginning to learn C++, so I wouldn't know what to tell you. I think that I am doing ok with it though. Sams Teach Yourself C++ Fourth Edition is pretty good so they should be the same. Do you, yourself find it difficult to understand?
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    Just an idea.................

    I dont know what you want to do, but if you are a beginner, dont buy a book yet.

    Go to Google and type in "C++ 21days". or any other title you may want.

    There are all sorts of text, html etc files and the like for download. I'm currently learning fast with this method and as of yet haven't had to shell out for a single book.

    The cheapest good book I could find in the local book store was over 35, why pay that if you can get the stuff (or stuff like it) for free.

    See also the tutorials on this website.

    Their quite short compared to others but get the point across really well withouut a load a waffle!

    Rob.

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    Well actually, all the books I mentioned are available for free @ http://www.syndik.at/harald/regal/buecher/login_e.asp
    Just sign-up and log in. You'll find loadza books there.

    I am trying to decide which book is best!

    elchulo2002: well, it's quite easy to understand but for example, in chapter 8 'pointers', I didn't understand anything then I went to another book called 'Waite Group's Object-Oriented Programming in C++', saw the chapter of Pointers and understood everything...
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    Well man good luck

    Pointers are hard!

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