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Ivor Horton's Beginning ANSI C++: The Complete Language (Expert's Voice) [Kindle Edition]

Ivor Horton
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Book Description

Written in the same style that has made Ivor Horton a best-selling author, this third edition of his popular title is a comprehensive, ground-up tutorial! The third edition has been completely revised and updated, and is ideal for self-taught students and scholars enrolled in structured courses. The text and examples are progressive; each topic builds and expands upon the previous topic. Further, the book provides in-depth coverage of class templates, including an introduction to the Standard Template Library.

No prior knowledge of any particular programming language is assumed; the only requirement is a basic appreciation of elementary programming concepts. If you understand the basic notions of how programs worklike branching and loopingthis book is for you! Horton demonstrates all language elements with complete working code examples, and includes practice exercises at the end of each chapter.

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From the Publisher

Knowledge of other programming languages is assumed, although exposure to some form of programming an advantage. Ivor teaches C++ as a first step to real programming, and helps a novice become a competent programmer. The explanations are thorough and leave no gray areas. This also makes the book useful for people with limited programming experience in another language who want a thorough grounding in C++.

This book is not specific to any compiler or computer, making it a valuable learning tool regardless of whether you are using an old 486 with DOS, or the latest Sun SparcStation. It is an easy-going tutorial, based on a proven formula of step-by-step examples, friendly explanations and exercises.

About the Author

After countless years in the computer industry both doing and managing, Ivor has taken up writing on programming topics for relaxation.

When not relaxing, he takes an interest in cosmology, cacti, chaos and cameras, and does a little editing of other people's efforts on the side.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9850 KB
  • Print Length: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 3rd edition (7 Jan. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q9SRNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #699,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book will introduce you to the entire C++ language, providing you with a strong understanding, strengthened by the exercises posed at the end of each chapter. The Wrox site also provides downloadable answers to the exercises, as well as the examples used in the chapters themselves. C++ is a difficult language, and this book provides an excellent guide to anyone wanting to learn it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for First Time Buyers, the best book on C++ 11 Jun. 1999
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I am a college student who took a previous class in C++ so I had a pretty good start, but I had absolutely no experience with Object Oriented Programming, the one thing C++ is the best at. When I bought the book I was hesitant with was its size. At the next programming class i would refer to it as the big red book. Anyway, this book was absolutely perfect in its explanation in Object-Oriented programming. There were somethings i could not get in class, so i opened up this book at it saved my life. I did have a hard time understanding Operator overload and working with templates though. If you want to learn about C++ from the very beginning, TRY THIS FANTASTIC BOOK. Without it, I would not have gotten a B in the class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is REALLY where to start! 26 May 1999
By A Customer
Anyone reading these reviews is obviously just getting started in C++, and if you're like I was 6 months ago, you're probably confused by all the "starter" books out there. Don't waste your time! Buy this book (and only this one until you get your feet wet) -- you will not be disappointed. The format/layout and efficiency of each chapter will keep you well focused and keep you from yanking your hair out. I needed a crash course in C++ and of course, it just couldn't be done (21 Days? Don't even think about it!) -- other books got me nowhere, but Ivor's book allowed me to spring into an Advanced C++ course with no prior training and keep my head above the water. Keep in mind the new ANSI/ISO standard, which Ivor covers in great detail. Do yourself a favor and minimize the headaches...start here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great explanations! 2 Mar. 1999
By A Customer
As relative newcomer to the programming world, learning C++ is important to me. C++ is not an easy language to learn, and there are way too many books, which all rehash the same things, without thorough explanations of important details. This book filled in all the information that I missed in other C++ books. I'm constantly reading sections and thinking 'Wow, I wish I'd known about this before... so THAT'S why it's done this way...' etc. This book is a real eye opener, because it explains things clearly and simply. I wouldn't recommend it to a complete newbie, but it sure helped me. One other note... the examples will work only with a newer compiler (ANSI compliant), so VC5 or 6 are probably your best bet.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best programming book I've read to date 21 July 1999
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I was quite poor in programming until I accidentally picked up this book. I need to buy the author a drink. I owe him the high 'A' grade I got in the C++ module at my university. The book is thorough and extremely easy to understand. It goes through the whole C++ language giving typical examples, writes of problems that might occur in coding on certain ways and suggests the common methods used in the industry to resolve those problems. The only drawback I can think of (if any) is the fact that the examples are not all "Borland" compiler friendly and since that is the only compiler I've got and I'm used to, I have to either take the authors word for the outputs or edit the examples to suit. I can't wait to read all his other titles relevant to my career starting from "Beginning Java 2".
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review of this book 17 July 2009
I bought this book for my University Degree, so that I could progress from C# (in my first year) to C++ (for my second year). The first few chapters teach you everything you need to know about the basics for example: data types, code structure, and other relatively easy concepts. If I was to look at these chapters to give to a novice I would highly recommend the book.
But if you are like me, I ended up skipping the first half of the book as I had already learnt these basic concepts using C#, instead I moved into the half of the book that discussed higher level concepts, and so far I have found the book to be very good at teaching me what I need to know and I have built several programs using the C++ knowledge I have gained from the book.
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