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Sams Teach Yourself Visual C++.NET in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself in 21 Days) Paperback – 27 Nov 2001

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Sams Teach Yourself Visual C++.NET in 21 Days, 2nd Edition is a time- saving guide walking you through Visual C++ tools and wizards for building applications and places VC++ in the context of the new Visual Studio.NET environment. This book emphasizes using Visual C++ tools and wizards to generate code. Code examples are augmented with C++ language sidebars: Readers who need a refresher on the language or want to go further "under the hood" will have a context, while those who don't can easily skip that coverage. The revision includes more information throughout on Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), how Windows applications work, and how MFC abstracts the Windows functionality to simplify building applications. Chapters on managed code, ATL functionality, and interacting with VB and C# components will help users begin to master the new .NET aspects of Visual C++.

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Davis Chapman first began programming computers while working on his Masters Degree in Music Composition. While writing applications for computer music, he discovered that he enjoyed designing and developing computer software. It wasn't long before he came to the realization that he stood a much better chance of eating if he stuck with his new-found skill and demoted his hard-earned status as a "starving artist" to a part-time hobby. Since that time, Davis has focused on the art of software design and development, with a strong emphasis on the practical application of Client/Server and Web/Internet technologies. Davis was the lead author for Building Secure Applications with Visual Basic, Sams Teach Yourself Visual C++ 6 in 21 Days, Web Development with Visual Basic 5 and Building Internet Applications with Delphi 2. Davis was also a contributing author on MFC Programming with Visual C++ 6 Unleashed, Special Edition Using Active Server Pages, and Running a Perfect Web Site, Second Edition. He has been a consultant working and living in Dallas, Texas, for the past 12 years. Davis can be reached at

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Seriously misguided and a Disapointment 17 Dec. 2001
By "samgentile" - Published on
Format: Paperback
Boy, is this book seriously misguided. After spending the last year and ? working with .NET and mastering C# and the technologies behind .NET, I bought this book to approach learning how to use .NET from the Visual C++ angle. What a disappointment and a serious problem that this book has. The whole idea of .NET is to eliminate the tangled mess of technologies and libraries that has baffled and fustrated Windows developers for years now and made interoperability between languages virtually impossible other than with COM but with serious restrictions. To that end, Microsoft has rationalized the model, providing a common runtime (CLR), with a common type system (CTS), and a rationalized, coherent programming framework, the Base Class Library (BCL), that is accessible from *any* language. That replaces the mess with incompatible libraries like MFC, WFC, VB?s library and the confusing mess of data types like LPSTR, LPCSTR, CString, etc. Every other book on .NET (I have them all) shows you how to leverage and use the BCL from their language, whether it be C# or VB.NET. Not in this book. The author most of the book using MFC and teaching MFC! MFC is depreciated in .NET and is kept for legacy reasons only. To not focus on the BCL from the C++ environment does the readers of this book a huge disservice. I frankly can?t figure out why this approach was taken other than this seems to be a cut and paste, and update from his previous editions that focused on MFC. He seems to have missed the whole .NET boat. So what do we have? We have 18 chapters that are essentially useless up to Day 18, one chapter Day 19 ?Working with Managed Code?, which is vital but much too short and misses most of the issues, and two more good chapters on ATL and working with VB and C# components. If someone wants to continue to program with MFC nevertheless, I guess you could find some use of this book. But I believe, that it misses the whole point of .NET, and thus steers people in a direction that is not only wrong but short-sided.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you know nothing about VC++ 20 Aug. 2002
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I am just a college student and have no experience on Windows program before, but I only know C++. If you are just like me, starting VC with this book will make your life much easier. If you are a professional, use something more advance. This is book is just for beginner with C++ background. If you don't know about C++, don't use it because it won't teach you C++ on this book.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Bad Reviews are CONFUSED 24 Aug. 2003
By Mark Taormina - Published on
Format: Paperback
Those reviews of this Sam's book that complain that it is a rehash, too basic, etc. are misguided. They must not have payed close attention to the scope and purpose of this book! I came to Visual C++ knowing ZERO about C++ or GUI (I thought it was spelled "gooey") or much else about programming. Yet, with this book I managed to create a useful, functional windows program in a few weeks that is now being utilized by a busy doctor's office. THIS BOOK IS FOR BEGINNERS, NOT HIGHLY EXPERIENCED PROGRAMMERS. Honestly, having looked into other books on the subject I have no idea how I'd have been able to learn what I did as quickly as I did if not for the Sam's book. Granted, it doesn't cover everything, but no book can. It covers more than enough of the basics to get up and running in a surprising amount of time. BEGINNERS: BUY THIS BOOK!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Update of the old book 16 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
It was a rather frustrating book since it was just an update of the previous generation book for VC++ 6.0. It seems that SAMS wanted to be the first to sell in order to sell. This is rather bad for the company since it will lose many of its potential customers in the future. The only chapters worth reading, well at least a little bit, are chapters 19 and 21 and nothing more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
outdated, poor estimation skills, no leadership 27 Aug. 2011
By Daddy Longlegs - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have the misfortune of actually working on client projects (Blackbaud/.NET) with this author, in the same office, for about a year. I didn't know he had published books until about half way through the year, but I was surprised when I found out (a bad surprise). The author's approach to software development projects is generally lazy and lacks any type of formal planning. He is so stuck in old fashion land (like he'd always refer to the DAL as "the data harness") and was happy to stay there. His innefficiencies wound up creating a lot of overtime work for co-workers. And, he has perhaps the worst trait of an author: If anyone corrected the author (even politely) the author could become quite physically animated in his own defense, yelling loud and long enough to make everyone else in the office leave the building out of discomfort.

He is happy to say he was a starving artist after college, and that's when he struggled to learn to program. But it's obvious he missed formal training because he seems to enjoy bringing his very hippy attitude (long pony tail, rarely showers, walks like disgruntled teen with creepy evil eyes).

I wouldn't depend on his words for cohesive sanity and forethought

Try Balena or Lhotka! I think they have the best writing style, and they know their stuff.
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