C++ For Dummies - The Book

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    C++ For Dummies - The Book

    Any good for a beginner looking to learn C++ with no past programming experience? Thanks!

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    I believe any C++ beginner's book will do, here is what i think is the best approach into learning the language.
    • If you really want to start out with C++ grab a beginner's book, any beginner's book will do the trick i believe since they won't focus all that much on the really advanced topics. plus, some tricks and tips will only come with practice and experience. *USE THIS AS A REFERENCE* Books are alway nice to check when you are having problems with a program and you can many times refer to the book to check out f you are actually doing things correctly.
    • Read online tutorials and beginner's articles. There are excelent stuff online that even more experienced programmers still use, as you can also see from these forums.
    • Start with really basic programs, don't limit yourself to copying examples and stuff, get your hands dirty, type code from your head and guts, think how stuff should work and only after you realize they don't should you look into 'existing code' from books or other sources.
    • Don't set your expectations too high for a starting programmer. Do several types small programs that do almost anything but they will teach you those basic things like learn the differences between data types and work with control structures like if, switch-case, for, while, etc...
    Good luck with the process.

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    Edited: Sorry for any misunderstanding!
    Last edited by Fuzzy91; 04-10-2006 at 07:00 AM.

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    You weren't allowed to say that.
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    where I can download C++ for dummies in an ebooK for free
    Now that was an unfortunate post i must say.

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    I recommend SAMS Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours. There is also the teach yourself in 10 minutes but it says stuff that is really hard to understand like:

    Quote Originally Posted by Roughly the same as the book!
    Lets throw some error handling just to catch people out. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!
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             //loads of code
    Quote Originally Posted by Me
    Yeah! Fine! But you haven't told us anything about it.
    There is also the 21 Hours book but I don't know how good that one is.

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    Disclaimer: The chances of you actually learning C++ in 21 days, 24 hours or 10 minutes are so slim, they may as well not exist.
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    Well the 10 minutes one was a bad piece of advertising because it is like 100 10 minute lessons.

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    Stupid SAM.
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    I started off with C++ Without Fear. Did a good job of explaining all the basic aspects of the language and some insight on OOP.
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    Be aware that few (if any) C++ beginner books show good C++ habits and practices. You will have to re-learn C++ a bit after you learn the basics of programming.

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    The 21 days book is pretty good although I never really read it all that much, I should get back in to reading that... but if you do the book every day, just one thing a day, you will be pretty familiar with c++ and be able to program some usefull programs...

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    I started by using C++ How to Program (Fourth Ed) in class, then later picked up C++ for Dummies. The Dummies is great for reference; however I find it too basic. The How to Program text is too complicated.

    I'm still ISO an in-between text, so I will try some of the books suggested here.
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    The problem always is, you can learn the language semantics and still be a terrible programmer. You need to understand how to design good classes, using sound object-oriented design techniques. Learning how to assign responsibilities to your classes is ultimately much more powerful than simply learning a language and hacking code together. Yes, you DO need to know the language in order to program in it (the C++ For Dummies is easy to follow, if you don't mind the occassional joke). Just don't forget to also learn good object-oriented design. (See Craig Larman's book Applying UML and Patterns).

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