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I'm with G Taylor ...
on 5 July 2010
I started reading this book a couple of years ago and eventually gave up as I was completely baffled by it.
It seems to follow a common flaw in this type of text which is that it starts out treating you as someone who wouldn't know one end of a computer from another and patronising you as such and then skips straight to some pretty complex concepts without passing through the intervening space.
In addition to this the text and the code is littered with typos that mean the examples can't be used without already understanding it sufficiently to know where the typos are and work around them.
I have just come back to learning C++ and am going with the Herbert Schildt option. So far no jokes, few typos, and lots of in-depth discussion of each topic in a logically ordered way that doesn't leave you feeling like the publisher got to page 20 then forgot pages 21 - 146.
... And it's free.
The one concession that I am willing to make is that I may be finding Mr Schildt's guide easier having already broached the subject with C++ for Dummies, but as the two texts are structured in very different ways I would make this a very limited concession.