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Posted July 7, 2011
Really good book from Experienced Programmer
I wish this had been the first book I read about C++. It clearly explains, from start to finish, the ins and outs of programming in C++. Unlike most programming books on the market, this book attempts to stray from Microsoft specific compilers toward an open source compiler named Code Blocks. As of this writing, Code Blocks 10 is available. If you download Code Blocks 10, be sure to download an install the complete Code Blocks package, as one of the Code Blocks packages comes without a compiler. Book 1 through 6 work very well with Code Blocks. This is a boon to the software development industry. The problem with using Code Blocks (and there aren't many problems) in book 7 is that Code Blocks doesn't allow you to write MFC applications. The book ignores this fact near Book VII, "Creating the MFC Dialog Box Project"; YOU MUST HAVE VISUAL STUDIO PROFESSIONAL TO USE THE MFC. The Code Blocks IDE and Compiler will not support MFC projects... and the last chapter assumes you have Visual Studio Pro. This oversight is why I gave this a 4 star rating because this book should have been a 6-in-1 book instead; MFC should not have been covered. Aside from the IDE and Compiler issues, this book is very well written. I have been programming software for years and this book hits the mark on just about every topic necessary to become a good programmer. One of the biggest challenges facing a programmer is philosophy; envisioning the software as something tangible and real. The authors cover the history behind structured programming paradigms before going on to explain object oriented programming; from soup to nuts. This book goes above and beyond any other reference manual I have ever read. The Tip, Reminder, Warning, and Technical Stuff icons really helped out. I was happy to read about the brainstorming and philosophical aspects of programming as well as the nitty-gritty code writing. I was enlightened by the author's explanation of UML (Unified Modelling Language) and how to really use it. If you are interested in C++ programming, or have been writing C or C++ for years, I think this book is a great one to have. Now, I really hope these authors would come out with a Qt 4 programming book.
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Posted November 4, 2009
Problems from the go
I picked up this book with no former knowledge of computer programming or C++ itself. I grabbed the book because it specifically says it is for people like me. It has a great opening and makes many promises that by the end of the book you will be fluent in the C++ programming language.
Well I didn't get past the first tutorial. I followed the step
by step, installed the program (code blocks) and opened a console program. It (the book) asked me to click build, then build and run. The code blocks program then tells me the debug doesn't have a compiler. This stalls any further advancement into the book as you need to be able to do this for every single program/tutorial in the book. The help wasn't easy to access weather it was my computer or the website my browser wouldn't even pull up the support page. As it stands I'm less then pleased over having paid the 30 dollars for this package.
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