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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is very good - but only for the right person.
After reading the other reviews on this book, which didn't look too good, I figured what the problem was. It is a very good for the right person. I I'm new at C++ programming, and I saw an offer for MS Visual C++ 5 and got it. First of all I bought a book which teaches you C++. Most people who are new to C++ think it is one standard language. In fact there is the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A piece of TRASH!!
This book was by far the worst ever written on Visual C++. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED SUBTITLE!! This requires you know C++ fluently, and only barely explains Visual C++! It does not tell you anything about the wizards (or what the code means), or any other junk. If you are a beginner, get Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 5. Geez, this began...
Published on 25 Aug 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is very good - but only for the right person., 17 Jan 1999
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This review is from: Visual C++ 5: No Experience Required (Paperback)
After reading the other reviews on this book, which didn't look too good, I figured what the problem was. It is a very good for the right person. I I'm new at C++ programming, and I saw an offer for MS Visual C++ 5 and got it. First of all I bought a book which teaches you C++. Most people who are new to C++ think it is one standard language. In fact there is the language, and then there is the language incorporated into company's own versions of C++. If you are prepared to buy another book to learn the language and at the same time use this one to learn VC++ while you do it, as I am, it is perfect! Unfortunately the author does lie a little bit by making out it will teach you everything, but in fact he is saying he will train MS VC++5, not the language, and that is the mistake some of the other reviews are making. Hopefully after reading this review you'll know if its right for you or not, but don't get it if you don't know the language and your not prepared to buy another full tutorial on just the language itself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A piece of TRASH!!, 25 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Visual C++ 5: No Experience Required (Paperback)
This book was by far the worst ever written on Visual C++. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED SUBTITLE!! This requires you know C++ fluently, and only barely explains Visual C++! It does not tell you anything about the wizards (or what the code means), or any other junk. If you are a beginner, get Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 5. Geez, this began teaching object oriented programming ON THE SECOND EXAMPLE!! No experience required? AND HE DIDN'T EXPLAIN IT!! If you are experienced, this will teach you how to click on the wizards and type faster, before you finally decide whether to burn the book or flush it. He says he'll teach you to build browsers and word processors. WOWEE!! I learned that by using the stupid WIZARD and typing 2 lines of code! He didn't explain anything, and you'll get far more productivity by copying a file. His book sucked, and he didn't explain the code, period. Moreover, his code had typos and gaps. The only thing I learned from this book is how to use the wizard. The only thing I example I fully understood was the cout example, the first one, which he never used again. If you want to program, then read Horton's book, or just get a free tutorial online. If you buy this book, you either like disappointment, or just want something to read, or just want something to burn, or became drunk. Other than that, there is absolutely NOBODY THAT WOULD READ THIS TRASH!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Windows for the programmer who already knows C++, 20 Jan 1999
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This review is from: Visual C++ 5: No Experience Required (Paperback)
This book doesn't teach C++ - so if you are only familiar with Visual Basic - Don't buy it, because you WILL be lost. VC++/MFC IS NOT A LANGUAGE - its a C++ development tool. You have to know C++ and its class system to use the book effectively.
However - if you already know how to program in C++ and wish to jump right in to windows programming using the VC++/MFC development system then this book is for you.
It shows you the basics - MDI/SDI/Dialog architecture; menus & toolbars; keyboard and mouse message handling; Controls and buttons; the basics of ActiveX controls, and the like. You get a quick start with a surprising width of subject matter - including building a web browser using the ActiveX controls that ship with VC++.
You will not learn more advanced things like multi-threaded programming, or explicit DLL linking here, but you will learn "The System" and how to learn it for yourself. It would probably be a huge book to get into that kind of depth.
Its a great quick start to windows programming for the C++ programmer, but its not meant to be a definitive volume - if you need THAT then buy the David J. Kruglinski book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 30 Aug 1998
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This review is from: Visual C++ 5: No Experience Required (Paperback)
I've been programming in Visual Basic for about a year now, and in BASIC since I was six. But because of my history with the BASIC language I've found C++ rather awkward, with both its concepts and even with its syntax/structure. This book did NOT help, in spite of its subtitle, "No Experience Required". No experience, that is, except having already learned the language.
By the second chapter I was stumped. The author jumped around describing what he was doing with C++ concepts, rather than going into detail about the C++ language itself and describe what these things meant. "Jumped around" is not an overstatement--I've played a game of Twister that was easier to follow than this.
I quit reading the book by the second chapter. A sad waste of money.
I would only recommend this book to someone who already has experience in C++ and needs to take his/her knowledge and put it in Microsoft Visual C++ 5.0
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY, 12 Aug 1998
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This review is from: Visual C++ 5: No Experience Required (Paperback)
"No Experience Required", right! The title is misleading. If you are a new C++ programmer, well this book will not teach you the syntax of C++. (Or naming conventions, explaining pointers ...) The only thing this book will teach you is how to type code into Visual C++ and compile it. (But the code you typed will not be explained in any way.) But on the good side, the publishers have links to employment agencies, where you can lie to them saying you can program in C++.
And if you are an experienced C++ programmer but wanted more information on either MFC or Active X controls, then the one brief overview chapter on these topics will not give you enough (or any) information.
I would of given this book 0 Stars (or less) if Amazons Review Page would allow it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Baby steps" for beginners is a perfect description., 6 May 1998
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This book is very verbose. It shows you all the buttons to push and all the code to type to compile and run several programs that do interesting things. I recommend it if you need to be led by the hand to start writing programs in Microsoft's Visual C++ 5 environment and you can not get the online examples to work in the VC++ program. You can work through this book very quickly if you understand C++ because it is so verbose. If you already know the basics in writing MFC windows applications in VC++, then you will find this book too trivial. Not a reference - give it to a newbie friend when done. Your friend will thank you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The title is not true. Not true at all., 11 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Visual C++ 5: No Experience Required (Paperback)
When I bought this book I knew the basics of Visual Basic (no pun intended!). I got this book, and even though I knew what variables and methods and other kinds of that stuff where, I still found this book WAY too hard to follow.
It starts by telling you one thing then another, not telling you why. It says "Do this", but it never explains WHY. I don't think this is a very good starter book. A better one is Teach Yourself Visual C++ 5.0 in 21 days. It is very thorough and easy to understand.
This book is just good for a refresher. Well, maybe it's not good for anything at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some experiance required, but not too much, 3 Aug 1998
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Like so many programming books you must know something(i.e. C++/OOP atleast). This is a book that starts out very intimidating, 4,5 or 6 files in a 'simple' program(I am still not sure), literally hundreds of lines of code and the use of object oriented programming right off the bat. Its not too bad though if you stick to it. You'll need to read atleast 100 pages before you begin to grasp the idea and use of widows programming. Good examples and the VC++ wizard who helps you through alot(75%) of the code writing, makes windows programming much easier, faster and fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the right "Getting Started" Book, 12 Mar 1998
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This review is from: Visual C++ 5: No Experience Required (Paperback)
Of 4 books I have on Visual C++ 5, this is the one I'm using constantly. Of the 14 essential skills, I've gotten through half of them in about a week. I found Horton's Book "Beginning Visual C++ 5" way too wordy for a quick start, and "Visual C++ 5 for Dummies" shows you no windows programming. The SAMS book "Teach Yourself Viisual C++ 5 in 21 Days" has a rather odd layout, teaching you ActiveX and mouse/keyboard before menus and dialogs. So I would say Holzner's book is the best book I've found for a quick start with Windows programming.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DONT PURCHASE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 23 Aug 1998
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It does everything it says, it teaches you how to program by example. However that is all it does, and nothing more. I finished reading this book knowing ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING about windows programming. Yipee I can make a program that if you type a letter (not counting enter and backspace) you could make it appear on the screen. This is one of the worst books I have ever read in my life, for the love of GOD dont get it.
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