Is it frowned upon?
Is it frowned upon to use C++ for Dummies as a basics learning book?
I was originally going to get C++ Primer Plus (5th Edition) for about $19 but I waited to long and the opportunity was lost, and as I'm sure someone out there knows, being a Lighting Designer for theatrics just doesn't pay enough, or often enough for anything better then $20.
After I finish C++ for dummies, what should I move onto?
IMHO, you'll get a lot more from the tutorials here and elsewhere on the internet than C++ For Dummies. :D
I would only frown upon using that book if you have the opportunity to get Accelerated C++, C++ Primer (not C++ Primer Plus), You Can Do It, or any other book C++ book that teaches modern C++ style from the start.
You'll still learn a lot from C++ for Dummies, but you'll also learn a couple bad habits that you'll need to unlearn. This isn't because it is a for Dummies book, many C++ books do this. However, I think most books are still better than learning from the internet by itself. Do some of both.
>> After I finish C++ for dummies, what should I move onto?
If you stick with C++ for Dummies, consider one of the books I mentioned above . You'll learn some better habits and it will reinforce the understanding you got from the Dummies book.
I'm not sure why anybody would pick a book that says it's "For Dummies."
Originally Posted by HunterCS
In my experience, such books are not only "For Dummies," but "By Dummies" as well.
Dummies books are typically written by people who are still inexperienced enough to talk like beginners (and thus teach them effectively) yet aren't expert enough to have any business teaching.