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    Learning C++ Book

    Anyone recommend a good C++ book for learning? I've taken a liking to the ...for Dummies series.

    I know programming logic, just no syntax or anything. So I need an idiots guide (is that series any good?) Thanks!
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    http://www.mindview.net/Books/TICPP/...ngInCPP2e.html

    you can actually download the book if you click on the link below the images of the books. They are a bit old but will teach you a few great things
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBFoxbat
    Anyone recommend a good C++ book for learning? I've taken a liking to the ...for Dummies series.

    I know programming logic, just no syntax or anything. So I need an idiots guide (is that series any good?) Thanks!
    It depends on what you want to do with C++. I would recommend learning some Visual C++. Visual C++ is what allows you to create GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces) ie...cool looking windows apps.

    There are a bunch of visual C books out there that have comprehensive examples that will =show you how to make your own Paint program, and all kinds of cool things.

    Just plain C++, console based is ok, but it gets boring after a while.
    look into it.

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    I was pretty happy with the "C++: How to Program" by Dietel & Dietel. More than a couple universities use it as a textbook and it's a good resource. Frankly, I would do some command-line work before you try anything with a GUI. Otherwise, it's too much at once and you won't understand why Visual Studio generates the code that it does.

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    Dietal and Dietal books are highly recommended for a beginner book. They explain everything from the beginning, give tips for new programmers, and hints for common errors and problems to look out for.

    That's the one my school used as well.

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    And of course O'Reillys books are always good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    It depends on what you want to do with C++. I would recommend learning some Visual C++. Visual C++ is what allows you to create GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces) ie...cool looking windows apps.

    There are a bunch of visual C books out there that have comprehensive examples that will =show you how to make your own Paint program, and all kinds of cool things.

    Just plain C++, console based is ok, but it gets boring after a while.
    look into it.
    Erm... Visual C++ is Microsoft's C++ IDE. While you can certainly create GUIs with it, it's neither required or limited to doing so. If you want to program in MFC, you need it, but "plain c++" can do Win32 or WTL just fine, as well as other GUI libraries such as the cross-platform Fltk or Wx.

    That said, I wholeheartedly recommend VC++ as an environment, it has an excellent debugger. But I recommend getting a firm understanding of the basic language concepts before you get tangled up with GUIS.

    As for a book, sorry, I don't have any suggestions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruneun
    I was pretty happy with the "C++: How to Program" by Dietel & Dietel. More than a couple universities use it as a textbook and it's a good resource. Frankly, I would do some command-line work before you try anything with a GUI. Otherwise, it's too much at once and you won't understand why Visual Studio generates the code that it does.
    I agree. I started out in C++, then went to VB, and wouldn't recommend anyone do it any differently. VB is great, and has tons of easy functionality, but that doesn't do you any good if you don't have a firm understanding of programming outside of language syntax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoInnovations
    I agree. I started out in C++, then went to VB, and wouldn't recommend anyone do it any differently. VB is great, and has tons of easy functionality, but that doesn't do you any good if you don't have a firm understanding of programming outside of language syntax.
    Started in C++ and went to VB? Well now that's a first....
    I would suggest starting in C++ and sticking with it or one of its sister languages.
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