- 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 (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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C++: A Beginner's Guide, Second Edition Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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:
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.
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 :)
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'
I can only give this second edition three stars as it does contain some annoying typos. Still, the tutelage was good enough that I could spot and correct some of them with only minor cursing. I also feel beginner programming books such as this should commit at least a short chapter on compilers, being a fundamental requirement after all, rather than just a confusing paragraph, as this can be the first obstacle for many a learner (for example, choosing, installing, setting the bin path, etc - you may wish to check out McGrath's 'C++ programming in easy steps' for a better introduction to compilers).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing book. Herbert (the author) makes it very easy to understand the examples by thoroughly explaining it very well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great intro to C++, well explained with plenty of code samplesPublished 17 months ago by Philip OKane
Used an old version of this, myself, to learn C++. Now, my nephews is purring over it.Published 22 months ago by Mr. A. Healy
Already know C++, however great book to refer too and is great for beginners!Published on 6 Aug. 2014 by Swinkid
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. Read morePublished on 4 April 2014 by Minney
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