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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072232153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072232158
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Herbert Schildt (Mahomet, IL) is a leading programming author. He is an authority on the C, C++, Java, and C# programming languages, and a master Windows programmer. His programming books have sold more than three million copies worldwide and have been translated into all major foreign languages. He is the author of numerous best-sellers including, C++: The Complete Reference, C: The Complete Reference, C++ from the Ground Up, Java 2: The Complete Reference, Java 2: A Beginner's Guide, C#: A Beginner's Guide, The Art of Java and many more. Schildt holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois.


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It is the best choice for those who are beginner in programming. It assumes that you know nothing about programming.

But if you know C language or the basis of programming, you should try other books. Because it is a time waste for them. I regret a little for buying this book because I know C and it is like repeating same things in many pages of this book
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I love this book, its simply fantastic. I have tried another C++ Beginners book and i *thought* c++ was ridiculously hard and i would never acomplish it. ( sams teach yourself c++ in 21 days ) i mean i had read like 2 hundred pages of this book and it was still on the basics - i think i hadn't even reached the cin >> command !! this one however does move at an okay pace. Herb Shild really knows his stuff, sometimes however he explains it a little TOO thoughrouly and i end up having to re-read certain parts of the chapter again. There is a learning cve towards the end of this book though. it suddenly becomes a lot more comlicated once you hit the pointers, although im pretty sure this is because i had a little experience in the BASIC language, and nothing at all like pointers ever came up. I attempt to read 1 chapter in a go, although after i feel my brain has been fried in the latter parts of the book.
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This is a good book, it gives you a detailed explanation how the context of C++ works. Meaning it is a perfect book to grab and look up how the basic syntax of C++ is, it explains to you how to do OOP (Object Oriented Programming) and also how to make header files and why they are neccesary.

The problem with this book however is, and this is a general problem with most books. Is that it might explain to you HOW C++ works, it does not explain to you how to begin programming, it gives you the neccesary tools to build a house. Just not the manual explaining to you how to start building the house.Its very well written, and its a great reference guide. But for people who need to really need to program a C++ Application that does something in windows for example:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764571974/qid=1147692569/sr=8-7/ref=pd_ka_7/203-2806617-1806361

This is a good book that explains to you how to pogram in Windows with Visual Studio 2005, basically if you need to make an application a book like this gives you more of a graps what for posibilities C++ gives you.

In conclusion:

This book is well written, its a good reference guide and I use it extensivly when teaching my friends how to program, it gives easy examples to digest and understand the reasoning on why it works. But where it fails is teach the reader how to begin programming, which is a hard subject altogether and many books are written about it :) If you want the hard cold naked C++ code with no compiler attached: Get this book

If your boss wants a application that does Database communication and also has a nice interface use the book i referenced to :)
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Over the years I've found that 'beginners' computer language books seem to suffer from a common fault: For about 2 or 3 chapters, they truly ARE geared for beginners. Then you reach chapter 3 or 4, and it's as if the author has totally forgotten the audience he's writing for - instead of a steep learning curve, you're confronted with a sheer vertical wall extending into the clouds; even if you've totally mastered the previous material, suddenly the text, examples, and explanations may as well be written in Martian.

Thankfully, this is NOT one of those books.

If you've done little or no programming, then this is the one to buy.

It's not perfect. Even in the earliest chapters there's some (unexplained) terminology that would have utterly flummoxed me if I hadn't had some previous programming experience.

But of all the 'beginner' C++ books I've looked at (a lot!), this is still BY FAR the best of the bunch.

If you try it, and get stuck at some unfamiliar term, a quick internet search will quickly get you going again.

Recommended!
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I have a lot of experience of programming in C and also Object Oriented experience using Python. So although the book is excellent I found it very slow going as the first 200 pages pretty much covers C which I already knew. I suppose I should have guessed from the title and possibly bought a different book!

Overall an excellent, easy to understand, well explained and extremely thorough INTRODUCTORY text. Great if you have little or no background in C/Python; but a bit tedious if you do.

I suspect what I really needed was Schildt's 'Complete C++ Reference' or the O'Reilly 'Practical C++ Programming'
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I am new to C++ and have only attended an introductory course, so I thought I'd buy this book, recommended by an OOP-based company. Even I could spot errors early on, and when I searched online to see if I was right. I found multiple forums revealing how notoriously sloppy Herbert Schildt is, particularly when it comes to correcting them in later editions.
You should use multiple sources when it comes to this type of reading, but I'm definitely ditching this one and looking for something like "Accelerated C++".

Nothing against the seller though, prompt and efficient delivery!
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