Was wondering if this book is any good!

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    Was wondering if this book is any good!

    Its called "Fundamentals of C++" by Lambert

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    Published in 2001? It might be a little old.

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    has that much in the programming world changed since then?

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    No, but many books that were published only a couple years after the standard was released don't use many of the features of the standard library.

    I found a table of contents that didn't look too bad, though, so it's hard to say without seeing the actual book.

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    Well it cant be old cause it shows to use /n; rather than endl;

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    What does \n versus endl have to do with being old? Both options have been available for a long time.

    I downloaded the student material from http://www.course.com/catalog/produc...538-69558-9#DL, and it looks worse than I thought, but I'm not sure if that code is related to the book.

    Does the code use <iostream.h>? If so, it is very old. Does it is apvector? If so, you might not want to use that to learn. Does it use C style strings?

    Maybe you could post a sample program from it?

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    Couldn't find any reference to that book at the ACCU's book review site.
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    Well that address is not the book though.heres address http://www.course.com/catalog/produc...TOKEN=45114524 I meant to say "Fundamentals of C++ Understanding Programming and Problem Solving". Heres a sample.......

    // Program file: chbook.cpp
    // This program updates a checkbook.

    #include <iostream.h>
    #include <iomanip.h>

    int main ()
    {
    double starting_balance, ending_balance, trans_amount;
    char trans_type;

    etc..............

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    Bad. That uses the pre-standard header files. Some modern compilers don't even provide them anymore.
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    >> #include <iostream.h>
    That's how you know the book is really out of date. That header is pre-standard and doesn't work at all on some modern compilers.

    You'd learn something if you read it, but there are much better books out there that won't teach you old/bad habits that you'll have to break if you continue programming.

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    K well that book was borrowed from school.........btw I am wanting/thinking of going to college in computer science for computer engineering and software engineering and was wondering if I would need to learn C++?

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    >was wondering if I would need to learn C++?

    uh let's say yes for that one!

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    I have a book called Practical C published in 1991, with minor corrections in 1992. It focuses on good programing style, I wonder how much has changed since then in terms of style
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    I don't care what anyone says,

    C/C++ created the WORLD!!!

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    You do not need to learn C++ before going to college and getting one of those degrees. If you know which university you want to go to and if you know that it uses C++ in its classes, then it could help to start learning on your own. I would find out what books that college (or any local university you'd consider going to) uses.

    If they teach Java, then learning C++ could be beneficial, but it might be better to try to learn Java on your own instead.

    C, C++ and Java are all different languages. If you want to learn one, pick one and go for it, it can't hurt.

    The style of programming is different in C and in C++, so if you're going to learn C++, don't read the book on C style.

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