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The Late Night Guide to C++ [Paperback]

Dr. Nigel Chapman
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13 Aug 1996 0471950718 978-0471950714
The Late Night Guide to C++ Nigel Chapman Did you ever stay up late into the night, working on a computer program? Not because you had to but because there was something fascinating about making that program work that was just.worth staying up for? If this sounds familiar then this book is aimed at you. In a good–humoured style, The Late Night Guide introduces C++ to the experienced programmer. It assumes no prior knowledge of the language and unlike the endless dry reference manuals has one mission: to restore the fun and excitement to jaded programmers. Completely up–to–date, it conforms to the latest published C++ standards. Starting with the simplest features of the language, The Late Night Guide to C++ develops and introduces key aspects of C++, including: object–oriented Programming, abstraction, inheritance, templates and the standard template library, exceptions, classes, pointers, arrays and more. By the end of the book the programmer will be able to write robust C++ peograms with confidence. Visit our Web Page http://www.wiley.com/compbooks/

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (13 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471950718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471950714
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,634,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Nigel Chapman is an internationally respected author of major college textbooks and professional books on Web design and development, digital media and programming languages, and is a Web and multimedia applications developer.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Nigel Chapman has taught and studied at several of the world's best universities. Nigel was a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at University College London for 11 years, and formerly a Lecturer in Computing Science at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). He holds the following university degrees:

* Ph.D. in Computational Science, The University of Leeds
* Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science, University of Cambridge (Clare College)
* M.A. converted from B.A. (Hons) in Engineering, University of Cambridge (Clare College)

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The Late Night Guide to C++ Nigel Chapman Did you ever stay up late into the night, working on a computer program? Not because you had to but because there was something fascinating about making that program work that was just.worth staying up for? If this sounds familiar then this book is aimed at you. In a good–humoured style, The Late Night Guide introduces C++ to the experienced programmer. It assumes no prior knowledge of the language and unlike the endless dry reference manuals has one mission: to restore the fun and excitement to jaded programmers. Completely up–to–date, it conforms to the latest published C++ standards. Starting with the simplest features of the language, The Late Night Guide to C++ develops and introduces key aspects of C++, including: object–oriented Programming, abstraction, inheritance, templates and the standard template library, exceptions, classes, pointers, arrays and more. By the end of the book the programmer will be able to write robust C++ peograms with confidence. Visit our Web Page http://www.wiley.com/compbooks/

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Its flawless elegance and penetrating analysis make this one of my favorite books, ever.

Nigel Chapman hooked me with his description of the programmer toiling away into the night. His hero was not rushing to meet a deadline. She was not learning C++ in 24 hours. She was driven by a desire to transpose a vision into code. She felt she had to go beyond blind application of formulae and attain a deep understanding of why things worked the way they did, or why they didn't when they didn't. This resonated strongly with my aims in learning programming at the time. This book is not for people who think that their work is done when they've copied Herbert Schildt's latest re-pasted samples into their GUI code.

In a radical departure from the typical mid-introductory programming language book, Nigel Chapman aims his smart, restrained prose at thinking adults. He never writes down at the reader. He manages to keep his style personal and engagingly speculative while maintaining a very high density of substance throughout the book. Chapman's understated sense of humor deserves a special mention.

The chapters are organized in terms of conceptual milestones. Since I have found that conceptual adjustment is the biggest problem when coming to C++ from a non-object-oriented background, I was relieved to be spared another listing of operators and their precedence as an excuse for a whole chapter. Of course, most of the reference elements are there, touched upon when needed. Chapman simply prefers to explore multiple inheritance from many different angles instead of devoting 30 pages to examples of the use of cout.

Some may find Chapman's sample code woefully abstract and removed from their real-world concerns.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good theory 9 Jan 1999
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This book was not meant to compete with the Teach Yourself Foo in 21 Days For Dummies In A Nutshell books. It does a great job, however, of helping an experienced programmer learn C++. It also does a good job discussing when and why you might want to use certain more esoteric features of the language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for experienced 24 Oct 2000
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It is jump start but with a lot of theory and technical stuff. It is definitely not like teach yourself in 21 days. I find this book helpful but I couldn't say that's right for others. I like this book a lot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is the pits 9 April 1997
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As a proffessional windows developer, I am keen to get intoc++. Unfortunately this book is not the one to use to get youkickstarted into the world of c++ (contrary to the blurb on the back cover) . I own MS VC ++ and tried to use it to duplicate some of the examples in the book. I couldn't get past page 34 because the code snippets would simply not compile.

In short, I would look elsewhere if you are looking to fast track your way to VC++.
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