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4.2 out of 5 stars
Teach Yourself C++
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on 28 January 2013
I like Al Stevens writing style.

In its entirety this is not an easy book, but then the C++ object model is very daunting in the first place. I have seen criticisms that this book is not for beginners. Well C++ templates and classes in their full detail are not something that a beginner programmer should assume is going to come easily with the right book. It is always going to be a challenge to absorb all of the concepts and I think that Al Stevens tackles the subject in a measured way and his incremental approach is welcome.

The first chapters get you up and going leaving the heavier stuff till later. With the associated software you will be up and running and coding simple programs in no time. The simple debugger makes developing small command line utilities a breeze. Don't assume that you will be able to write a full GUI application at the end of a few days investment though. That is not this books brief. Using one of Microsofts Visual IDEs will make your like easier but at the expense of the focus the simple tool brings to learning the language.

There is the odd typo as some have noted but the combination of the example source code and the Quincy environment mean that by comparing the text and the working example that this is not a major issue.

At the price the Kindle edition is superb value for money.
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on 13 January 2013
I will start with what this book is NOT!...Some books or courses start with infinitesimal detail of the fundamentals then expect you to remember the building blocks as you progress. Other books are just poorly explained.

This book is neither, you get basic and intermediate ideas, straight off the bat, which you get a taste off without having to worry about. You are told that the detail will come in later chapters ( I like that the reference tells you exactly where if you care to jump ahead). I found myself building confidence in the small snippets of code all available for download with a passable IDE. Personally I manually typed in the code rather than cut and paste.

This is a joy to read on the Kindle or Kindle viewer whilst coding and following the book. Small glitches on the tables on the e-reader but nothing to worry about.

A great book happy I bought it and rockin' with the Amazon way of electronic books
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on 22 April 2016
I found this book very good suits beginner well good for the money
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on 24 September 2011
Having tried over many years to get a hook into C, this book has finally broken the barriers. Exquisitely written and absolutely appropriate for the complete novice. Expertly woven as a Kindle book with a great deal of thought. Amazing!
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on 28 January 2013
I'm steadily working through the book and it's well written with good code samples. The only quibble is that being an ebook it takes longer to go back through the pages to view the programme while goig through the explanations - having the code on a PC screen rather detracts from the lightweight portable attributes of the ebook over the analogue version, but its very readable none the less.
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on 20 March 2013
this is a great book if you want to learn C+ but you must know basic C code though!! got delivered on time too
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on 17 May 1999
I bought this book and Stroustrup's C++ Programming Language. I've been very happy with this book. The simple compiler isn't good for real development, but for learning the basics, it's ideal. The examples are built into the compiler to maximize ease of use. I think his coverage of the language is complete. Just as importantly, he sticks to the ANSI standard; quite different from many other beginner books. While one can't expect one book to give a complete mastery of such a complex language, this book is a great starter.
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on 23 February 1999
I bought the first edition of this book when it first came out, and found it to be a great book for someone trying to learn C++. Examples are simple and clear. You can read it on the plane or before you go to bed (i.e. you can put it down and pick it back up without rereading anything). Plus, the explanations don't hirt your head - they simply explain the key concepts (what a clever concept in itself). Buy it now! Especially, if you're stuggling with C++ concepts.
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on 17 May 1998
If you don't know C, but want to learn c++ in dos this is the book for you. I have yet to finish it but from the 3 chapters I have read, and the cd, this is a great beginers book. If your looking for something on windows programing..look else where.
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on 9 February 1999
I use C++ since 1991/92 specially because I had in hands the first edition of this book. After taking contact to the fifth edition, Al shows he had not loose the ellegance of his program writting nor his teaching skills.
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