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    newbie here in need of help....

    Hello im new to the whole c++ thing. I have a few questions on how i should go about learning c++. How fast should I go ive looked at some of the lessons on this website they seem to be good but how should i go about learning this programing language. Its just not a whole lot seems to be clicking.
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    That's something that nobody can help you with but yourself. Everybody learns at different rates. Keep reading tutorials and typing the code examples yourself in the editor of your choice, it helps you memorize functions which that's all it is in the beginning. Eventually you will get to the nitty gritty and learn what makes everything work, so don't worry about it yet. Keep reading
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    how much should i try to grasp it? before i go on to the next lesson?

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    Depends on what tutorial it is. I'd say you'd want to fully grasp Functions, Variable types, Classes, Pointers, and other important features that you will use. Things like cout, cin, getc, etc. are functions made especially for console-based applications, thus you would only have to memorize them if that.
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    i useing the tutorial on the website cprograming.com the beginner one.

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    The best way to learn your first programming language is by taking a class with a good instructor. A good first programming class would give you an introduction to programming concepts in general, as well as an introduction to the specific language.

    So, just be aware that you'll have to "read between the lines" and do some research to pick-up the conceptual stuff.

    how much should i try to grasp it? before i go on to the next lesson?
    I assume that you have a compiler installed and configured. And, that you are running the examples. There are quizzes for the first half of the tutorial. If you can "pass" the quizz, it's time to move-on. One thing that I liked about my beginning C++ book* was the questions & exercises at the end of each chapter (and the answers in the back. )

    After you finished the first-few totorials, you should be able to write little programs... for example a number-guessing program, where the user enters a number and the computer says "too high", "too low", or "right". (You'd have to skip-ahead if you want to learn how to make the computer to pick a random secret number.)

    In fact, a little number-gussing program like that will demonstrate the TWO MOST IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS: LOOPING (Doing stuff over & over) and BRANCHING (Decision making with "if" statements, etc.)

    The tutorials are just a quick-brief introduction to C++. A beginning book will cover approximately the same topics, but will devote about one chapter to each topic. So, if you are enjoying the tutorials and you are going to continue with C++, you should get a book (or study "everything" you can find on the Net. )

    There's a lot to learn. There is only one book that covers the entire Standard C++ language, and that's the ANSI/ISO language-standard itself. And, the standard "part" of the language does not include any Windows, graphics, color, sound, networking, etc... all of that is "system specific" stuff above and beyond Standard C++ !

    * My beginning book was Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days by Jesse Liberty. (A lot of people really hate all of the 21-days books... but I liked this one.)

    Another often-recommended book is Accelerated C++ by Koenig & Moo. I don't own it but nobody seems to hate it!

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