July 17th, 2006, 12:30 AM
Which book to learn C++?
Hey there, I've come to the decision to attempt to master a programming language and after some thinking, I've decided to try and learn C++. My question is, to those of you who have a good understanding of the language, how did you learn it? If you learned it by reading a book, is there any you would recommend? I was tempted to buy "Sam's Teach Yourself C++ In 24 Hours" but I've heard bad things about the series.
I really don't fancy buying a book on C++ just to find out that it isn't aimed at beginners and is too difficult to start off with, then to find myself £20 out of pocket. Thanks.
Edit: Sorry if this would be better placed in a different forum.
July 17th, 2006, 02:01 AM
your profile shows you as a student ?
use the library either at school / college
or the public ones, they are free for students IIRC ??
Use Amazon, and buy from the 'used' section
Not answering your original question viz-a-vie 'which' book
as I am not capable of knowing just how your head absorbs data
for me, I like the SAMS '24 hr' books
and I like Sybex books too
each to their own
but as I stated at the start, get a copy from a library and try it first
if it DOES work
used section in Amazon
MY prefered options
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July 17th, 2006, 07:02 AM
This site is amazing.
If you do everything they have and get a good understanding, you'll know enough to be able to google for anything they don't specifically mention.
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July 17th, 2006, 11:21 AM
Thanks for all your replies, I was going to see if there was a book in the school library on it but we've broke up for summer holidays and the school is shut for the next 4 weeks, I think. I'll probably follow the link gave by The Grunt, then once I've gone through it and have a better understanding of the language, maybe get a book. I'll take a look on amazon as well see if there are any cheap books I could buy.
Oh and by the way, I can assure you I am a new member here and not just "re-cycing" myself
July 17th, 2006, 07:13 PM
I actually am in a similiar situation that you are in, I need(ed) to learn C++ damn well!
Well, interestingly enough, there are opensource books that teach it!
How to Think Like a Computer Scientist is great if you don't all ready know another language (it's still great if you know another language, but it will be boring in the beginning).
If I my suggest, learning C++ may be intimidating at first. You may want to learn Java first to get your feet wet, get comfortable programming, then you can expand into C++. Just a suggestion
There is also a depository of free online books on C++, there is also Thinking in C++ and C++ in Action. I'm the scourge of free books
Also, you'll want a C++ compiler and whatnot. If you are using windows, you can get Microsoft Visual C++ Express Edition free (most of the times you'll be making a "Windows 32 console program").
Good luck, it's a hard but rewarding language!
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July 17th, 2006, 09:00 PM
The C++ Programming Language, by Bjarne Stroustrup, inventor of C++
That book is a necessary addition to any, and I mean pretty much ANY programmer, regardless of language. It's expensive, but if you get serious about learning the language (which i was always too lazy to do) then you should shell out the cash, as it's honestly worth it.
as for compilers on windows, i'd get devc++... http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html
July 17th, 2006, 09:05 PM
Thanks for the links Arkimedes, I'm looking into the "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist" book right now, seems pretty good. I've took your advice er0k and I'm using Dev C++ right now, love it
I'll keep y'all updated with my progress
July 18th, 2006, 09:16 AM
I got C++ for C Programmers by Ira Pohl..
But that is not really a beginners book... It does help out with the whole OOP stuff..
If you know and like C you might like that book..
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July 18th, 2006, 12:19 PM
I'm surprised this one hasn't been mentioned: Accelerated C++
It is an excellent beginner's book and, although I left C++ fairly early on (I wanted to learn PHP), it taught me the basics very well. I can't recommend it any more! In fact, it was recommended to me (here on AO) when I asked the same question several months/a year ago. If my opinion is not enough, check out the Amazon reviews as well