C++ Without Fear: A Beginner's Guide that Makes You Feel Smartby Brian Overland
Pub. Date: 09/27/2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall
If you've always wanted to learn how to program a computer, or to learn the popular C++ programming language, here's the perfect book and CD to get you started. You'll find everything you need patiently explained and clearly illustrated, from general programming concepts and techniques to the particulars of the C++ language. In no time, you'll be… See more details below
If you've always wanted to learn how to program a computer, or to learn the popular C++ programming language, here's the perfect book and CD to get you started. You'll find everything you need patiently explained and clearly illustrated, from general programming concepts and techniques to the particulars of the C++ language. In no time, you'll be writing your own programs!
Yes, programming can be a complex task, and C++ is a language often used by professionals. In fact, many of the coolest games , graphics, and Internet applications are created with C++. But the language, like the monster on the cover, need not be all that fearsome. Broken down to its essentials, and enhanced by simple examples and practical exercises, you'll be amazed at the quick progress you can make.
With C++ Without Fear, you will
- Learn the basics of C++ programming
- Get started writing your own programs
- See how and why each piece of a program does what it does
- Create useful and reusable program code
- Understand object-oriented programmingfor once explained in simple, down-to-earth terms
Whether you wish to learn C++ programming for pleasureand you'll discover here how much fun it can beor might be considering a career in programming, this book is an intelligent first step.
The accompanying CD-ROM contains a free C++ compiler for writing and running C++ programs, which will let you get started right away. It also includes all the examples and answers to all the exercises in the book. The CD-ROM will run on any PC running MS-DOS or Windows.
- Prentice Hall
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- Book & CD-ROM
- Product dimensions:
- 9.16(w) x 7.24(h) x 1.01(d)
Table of Contents
|Ch. 1||Your first C++ programs||1|
|Ch. 2||Decisions, decisions||33|
|Ch. 3||The handy, all-purpose "for" statement||65|
|Ch. 4||Functions : many are called||81|
|Ch. 5||Arrays : we've got their number||111|
|Ch. 6||Pointers : getting a handle on data||139|
|Ch. 7||Strings : analyzing the text||163|
|Ch. 8||Files : electronic storage||197|
|Ch. 9||Some advanced programming techniques||219|
|Ch. 10||Getting yourself object oriented||245|
|Ch. 11||The fraction class||261|
|Ch. 12||Constructors : if you build it ...||291|
|Ch. 13||Operator functions : doing it with class||313|
|Ch. 14||What's "new" : the stringparser class||343|
|Ch. 15||What's "this" : the string class||363|
|Ch. 16||Inheritance : what a legacy||385|
|Ch. 17||Polymorphism : object independence||413|
|App. A||C++ operators||435|
|App. B||Intrinsic data types||439|
|App. C||C++ syntax summary||441|
|App. D||ASCII codes||451|
|App. E||Common library functions||453|
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This book is extremely well written. Its structure is superb. Brian manages to lead you by the hand, providing plenty of examples with clear explanations. With each chapter I gained an increase in confidence and ability. I almost didn't buy this book because of it's cover. That would have been a mistake. I would highly recommended this book.
After reading several reviews of C++ books i was at a loss like many.. so many choices.. which one is best? Well i took some advice from my frined.. he said 'go to the local BN and read a few and focus on a subject that you dont know what it is.. and see if it makes sense to you.' Well i read parts of this as well as many others.. and ive read part of it as of now.. very very well written. Easily explained... also one thing to keep in mind, this book references stuff that is further ahread in examples, but he is sure to explain them soon after he uses them. Very highly recommended... I absolutly HATE to read, but this book.. i want to read it some more.. it has some odd power that inspires me to keep learning.. so pick it up today! Only at 24.99 bucks you really cant go wrong.
This is a great book if you are looking to get into programming. It is very basic, and the author gives excellent examples, along with the, 'How and Why' it works. Like all beginner Programming Books, you are led through the basics and you gain the gradual knowledge as you go. The author provides many sidebars, but not too many as to distract you, which are designed to give you the added knowledge of the language. One of the nice things about this book is the easy to follow language the author uses to explain how to program in C++. I have read many C/C++ books over the years, and this has been by far, the easiest books to learn from. This is by far the best programming book I have read to date, but there are a few shortcomings. The author included a free C++ compiler, GCC, but doesn't talk about how to compile on Linux or through the command line. This was the biggest drawback for me. When the author gives the excercises to do, he usually gives the answer away when giving the excercise. I feel that many of these excercises would be best handled if the user had to look it up his or herself. This is a great book for the novice, and yes, if you are just beginning, why would you need an IDE and graphics if you have never programmed before? Buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
Overland certainly doesn't waste any time. In his preface, he offers to qushortly into Chapter 1, you will be writing your first program. Granted, it just prints something on the screen. But you get to do a full loop of writing, compiling and running. An approach I heartily concur with. It helps build up your confidence in yourself. By sticking to this method throughout the book, Overland keeps you motivated. No small thing, especially if you want to use this book outside a ickly get to showing you how to write complete programs, without having to know most of the C++ syntax. Indeed, classroom, where no one is telling you to keep going. Think of the book as offering a continual stream of deliverables to you. He steers away from advanced topics like templates and the Standard Template Library. These are vital. But later. Nor does he discuss 'union'. Not an advanced topic. But it tends to be so little used that he found he can reduce conceptual clutter by omitting it.