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Beginning Visual C++ 5 Programming Paperback – 20 Feb 1997


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  • Paperback: 820 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd (20 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861000081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861000088
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.5 x 5.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Of all the beginner Visual C++ books I have used, I still find this book to be the best.

First off, let me say that this book is not for a beginner programmer - it is for a beginner to the world of C++ and Windows programming. I would recommend a strong understanding of another high level language before attempting this book. If you are comfortable programming in Pascal or C, then this book is for you.

The book excels in three main areas: a solid introduction to C++ and object oriented programming, how to write Windows programs, and how to use MFC to your advantage. Being over 1,000 pages, this book is not for the light hearted - it takes some discipline to keep motivated, but the rewards are great. Plan on spending a good month to get through it.

The first part of the book introduces the reader to C, C++, and object oriented programming. It provides a strong foundation for the rest of the book. At times I found certain sections somewhat dry, but was able to hang in there knowing the fun stuff was next - writing Windows programs.

The second part of the book focuses mainly on Windows programming and MFC. Each chapter introduces a new concept such as menu bars, views, dialog boxes, etc. - all the way through to ActiveX controls. The best part of the second section is that by the end you build a fully functional drawing program. This kept me interested and motivated knowing that I was building a real world application.

All in all, I think this is a great book. It has served me well in my summer internship writing Windows applications. I highly recommend it.
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I have read many books on the topic of C++ and none of them could ever teach it in a clear and concise manner. Enter Beginning Visual C++ 5 by Ivor Horton. This book starts by teaching you the basics of programming in C++. It presumes nothing on the part of the reader, which is a real bonus, since most C++ books require you to know C first. In the first few chapters, the reader learns the basics of C++ programming - no Windows programming is discussed yet. Later, as the book progresses, Windows programming is taught - the fundamentals of MFC is learned. The book does not profess to make you an expert at either C++ or Windows programming, but if you finish this book, you will be proficient enough to write programs you can be proud of, and also, can proceed to more advanced texts, knowing that this book has laid a good foundation for you. The book does not proceed neither too fast or too slow. It doles out the knowledge in a logical fashion and doesn't waste time by stressing points you will never come across in "real" programming. All in all, this book is an excellent book for the beginner. Anyone can pick up this book and learn C++ and Windows programming, though they will not be masters. The book is aimed toward those that want to learn C++ programming and are studious. If you are going to be just a casual reader, this book might not help you (though trying to learn programming and being a casual reader doesn't work with ANY book!)
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Mr. Horton does a good job at explaining an extremely complex language that has a very steep learning curve. In several hundred pages you learn how to: Program, Program in C++, Program in Windows with C++, Program in Visual C++ version 5.0, Program OOP designs, Program using the Active Template Library.
As an experienced VBA programmer (4 years) and as a full time employed person it took me four months to complete the book. I've learned an incredible amount! I think the ONLY point where the book may be a little weak is in understanding the MFC behind the scenes. I just wasn't sure WHY I was doing some things, especially when we arrived at Windows programming with MFC. However, if that was explained also, it may have taken even more than the 1100 pages to explain a beginning topic.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who has some programming experience and wants to move quickly to the cutting edge of Windows Development.
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By A Customer on 11 Mar. 1998
Format: Paperback
With every release of Visual C++, I buy a "beginners" or "introductory" book to it. I read if from cover to cover, which accomplishes two things: a good review of the basics and detail on what the new version of VC++ brings. I was absolutely stunned at the clarity that Horton writes in. Things that I had just "taken for granted" up until this point are throughly explained. The examples are great, but it would have been really nice to have a CD with the source code on it. This is the only downfall of the book. When you have something that small to complain about, you know you have a good book. He has taken my "favorite author" award...
Highly recommended to the most inexperienced of programmers! (and even for the advanced users)
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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 1998
Format: Paperback
A book for beginners should use many small examples to show basic features of a language. This book builds a single large program through 6 chapters (Chpaters 12-17, total 250 pages). After you read the chapters (if you can understand WHAT divice context and class template are), after you typed hundreds lines of code (if you know in WHICH file and WHERE in the file to type them), after you corrected all the compiling and linking errors (if you know HOW), when you finally runs the program, you will get an error message "The program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." Enough to cause a beginner headache.
If you already know C++ and Visual C++ to some extent, this book may be good for a review or getting to know a little more about the language.
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