C++ All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies [NOOK Book]


Here’s the easy way to learn how to use C++

C++, developed by Bjarne Stroustrup at Bell Labs, is one of the most widely used programming languages, with close to four million C++ programmers and growing. C++’s popularity has earned it a spot as part of the Standard Library.

Fully updated for the new C++ 2009 standard, C++ All-in-One for Dummies, 2nd Edition compiles seven books into one. This guidebook covers key topics like an introduction to ...

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Here’s the easy way to learn how to use C++

C++, developed by Bjarne Stroustrup at Bell Labs, is one of the most widely used programming languages, with close to four million C++ programmers and growing. C++’s popularity has earned it a spot as part of the Standard Library.

Fully updated for the new C++ 2009 standard, C++ All-in-One for Dummies, 2nd Edition compiles seven books into one. This guidebook covers key topics like an introduction to C++, understanding objects and classes, fixing problems, advanced programming, reading and writing files, advanced C++, and building applications with Microsoft MFC. If you're a C++ newbie, start with Book I. But if you’re experienced with C++, simply jump in anywhere to learn more! This all-in-one reference helps you learn to:

  • Use C++ for Windows, Mac, and Linux by using the CodeBlocks compiler
  • Understand object-oriented programming
  • Use various diagrams to design your programs
  • Recognize how local variables are stored
  • Use packages, notes, and tags effectively
  • Make a class persistent
  • Handle constructors and destructors

With over 25,000 sold of the previous bestselling edition, this second edition with a bonus CD makes C++ easier to understand. It’s a perfect introduction for new programmers and guide for advanced programmers.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470550045
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/30/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 622,822
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

John Paul Mueller has written more than 300 articles and 80 books on technology, including LINQ For Dummies.

Jeff Cogswell has been an application developer and trainer for 13 years, working with clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has developed courses on C++ and other technologies.

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Table of Contents


Book I: Introducing C++.

Chapter 1: Creating a First C++ Program.

Chapter 2: Storing Data in C++.

Chapter 3: Directing Your C++ Program Flow.

Chapter 4: Dividing Your Work with Functions.

Chapter 5: Dividing Between Source-Code Files.

Chapter 6: Referring to Your Data through Pointers.

Chapter 7: Working with Classes.

Chapter 8: Using Advanced C++ Features.

Book II: Understanding Objects and Classes.

Chapter 1: Planning and Building Objects.

Chapter 2: Describing Your Program with UML.

Chapter 3: Structuring Your Classes with UML.

Chapter 4: Demonstrating Behavior with UML.

Chapter 5: Modeling Your Programs with UML.

Chapter 6: Building with Design Patterns.

Book III: Fixing Problems.

Chapter 1: Dealing with Bugs.

Chapter 2: Debugging a Program.

Chapter 3: Stopping and Inspecting Your Code.

Chapter 4: Traveling About the Stack.

Book IV: Advanced Programming.

Chapter 1: Working with Arrays, Pointers, and References.

Chapter 2: Creating Data Structures.

Chapter 3: Constructors, Destructors, and Exceptions.

Chapter 4: Advanced Class Usage.

Chapter 5: Creating Classes with Templates.

Chapter 6: Programming with the Standard Library.

Book V: Reading and Writing Files.

Chapter 1: Filing Information with the Streams Library.

Chapter 2: Writing with Output Streams.

Chapter 3: Reading with Input Streams.

Chapter 4: Building Directories and Contents.

Chapter 5: Streaming Your Own Classes.

Book VI: Advanced C++.

Chapter 1: Exploring the Standard Library Further.

Chapter 2: Building Original Templates.

Chapter 3: Investigating Boost.

Chapter 4: Boosting up a Step.

Book VII: Building Applications with Microsoft MFC.

Chapter 1: Working with the Visual C++ 2008 IDE and Projects.

Chapter 2: Creating an MFC Dialog Box Project.

Chapter 3: Creating an MFC SDI Project.

Chapter 4: Using the Visual C++ 2008 Debugger.

Chapter 5: Analyzing Your Visual C++ 2008 Code.

Appendix A: Automating Your Programs with Makefiles.

Appendix B: About the CD.


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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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