The authors claim that the third edition of C++ How to Program is suitable for both beginners and experienced programmers. They justify it by providing a complete course in C++, in-depth explanations of C++ features and by insisting on teaching good programming practice--all delivered in a remarkably clear and readable style.
Nevertheless, your first impression will be of an impenetrable forest of dense text starting with an intimidatingly long discussion of the aims of the book and the origins of object-oriented programming in the preface. Fortunately, once past this you arrive at a well-structured text which starts as it goes on. A simple "Welcome to C++" program is presented which is then examined line by line. The same program is then implemented in a variety of ways to demonstrate the flexibility of the language. Among all this you will find many Good Programming Practice tips and rather fewer Common Progamming Errors with, later on, Testing And Debugging Tips--among other asides. It all makes for a lively and interesting read.
The book comes with Microsoft's Visual C++ 6 Introductory Edition on CD along with the hundreds of example programs. However, the text addresses ANSI/ISO C++ with no specific VC++IE coverage.
Combining a practical, stylish approach with a good theoretical basis for OOP, the use of UML for large program design and the many practical projects this has to be the most useful book available for anyone interested in C++. --Steve Patient
From the Back Cover
The complete, authoritative introduction to C++, OOD and the UML™
These are exciting times in the C++ community with the acceptance of the new ANSI/ISO C++ standard and with the involvement of the Object Management Group™ (OMG™) in the specification of the Unified Modeling Language (UML). This Third Edition of the world's most widely used C++ textbook carefully explains C++'s extraordinary capabilities—including the latest additions to the language and the new ANSI/ISO C++ standard library.
Dr. Harvey M. Deitel and Paul J. Deitel are the principals of Deitel & Associates, Inc., the internationally-recognized corporate training and content-creation organization specializing in C++, Java™, Internet, World Wide Web and object technologies. The Deitels are also the authors of the world's #1 introductory Java, C and Internet programming textbooks—Java How to Program, C How to Program and Internet & World Wide Web How to Program.
In C++ How to Program: Third Edition, the Deitels introduce the fundamentals of object-oriented programming and generic programming in C++. Key topics include:
- Classes, objects and encapsulation
- Inheritance and polymorphism
- Standard Template Library (STL)
- Object-oriented design with the UML
- Arrays and strings as full-fledged objects
- Namespaces and runtime type identification
C++ How to Program helps students build real-world C++ applications. It includes:
- Hundreds of "live-code" programs with screen captures that show exact outputs
- Extensive exercises (many with answers) accompanying every chapter
- Hundreds of tips, recommended practices, and cautions all marked with icons
C++ How to Program is the centerpiece of a complete family of resources for teaching and learning C++, including Web sites (www.deitel.com and www.prenhall.com/deitel) with the book's source-code examples and other information for faculty, students and professional programmers; an optional interactive CD-ROM (C++ Multimedia Cyber Classroom: Third Edition) with solutions to about half the exercises in C++ How to Program, interactivity features—such as thousands of hyperlinks and audio walkthroughs of the hundreds of code examples in C++ How to Program—and e-mail access to the authors at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on worldwide corporate on-site seminars and Web-based training offered by Deitel & Associates, Inc., visit: www.deitel.com
About the Author
DR. HARVEY M. DEITEL, CEO of Deitel & Associates, Inc., has 39 years experience in the computing field including extensive industry and academic experience. He is one of the world's leading computer science instructors and seminar presenters. Dr. Deitel earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He worked on the pioneering virtual memory operating systems projects at IBM and MIT that developed techniques widely implemented today in systems like UNIX®, Windows NAT,™ OS/2 and Linux. He has 20 years of college teaching experience including earning tenure and serving as the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Boston College before founding Deitel & Associates, Inc. with Paul J. Deitel. He is author or co-author of several dozen books and multimedia packages and is currently writing five more. With translations published in Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Elementary Chinese, Advanced Chinese, Korean, French, Portuguese, Polish and Italian the Deitels' texts have earned international recognition.
PAUL J. DEITEL, Executive Vice President of Deitel & Associates, Inc., is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management where he studied Information Technology. Through Deitel & Associates, Inc. he has delivered Java, C, C++, Internet and World Wide Web courses for industry clients including Compaq, Sun Microsystems, White Sands Missile Range, Rogue Wave Softwave, Computervision, Stratus, Fidelity, Cambridge Technology Partners, Open Environment Corporation, One Wave, Hyperion Software, Lucent Technologies, Adra Systems, Entergy, CableData Systems, NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, the National Severe Storm Center, IBM and many other organizations. He has lectured on C++ and Java for the Boston Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, and has taught satellite-based Java courses through a cooperative venture of Deitel & Associates, Inc., Prentice Hall and the Technology Education Network.
The Deitels are co-authors of the best-selling introductory college computer-science programming language textbooks, C How to Program: Third Edition, Java How to Program: Third Edition, Visual Basic 6 How to Program (co-authored with Tem R Nieto) and Internet and World Wide Web How to Program (co-authored with Tem R. Nieto). TheDeitels are also co-authors of the C++ Multimedia Cyber Classroom: Third Edition (the first edition of this was Prentice Hall's first multimedia-based textbook), the Java 2 Multimedia Cyber Classroom: Third Edition, the Visual Basic 6 Multimedia Cyber Classroom and the Internet and World Wide Web Programming Multimedia Cyber Classroom. The Deitels are also co-authors of The Complete C++ Training Course: Third Edition, The Complete Visual Basic 6 Training Course, The Complete Java 2 Training Course: Third Edition and The Complete Internet and World Wide Web Programming Training Course—these products each contain the corresponding How to Program Series textbook and the corresponding Multimedia Cyber Classroom.