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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Introduction...., 26 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2010 (Kindle Edition)
If you are wanting to dive into C++ and then learn how to develop on a Windows Platform, I would say that this book would be well worth the money. I had already had about a years worth of C++ experience before coming to this book, and I wished it had been the first book I read on C++.

The reason I say that is because (like most beginning programmers, I supsect) I was disappointed with the fact that my previous book (and many others at beginning level that I looked at) contained no information about creating a Graphical User Interface (GUI) with C++. Horton's book changes this.

Initially the book tells you about the various types of applications that you can develop with VS2010. It informs you of the difference between managed and native C++ and takes you through the basics of creating GUI environments with MFC and Windows Forms. I personally found that this provided a great motivation, as the ease (especially with Windows Forms) with which you can develop GUIs is rather impressive.

The first half of the book is dedicated to teaching all the fundamentals of the C++ Language and also the C++/CLI Language which is essentially C++ with amendments. The C++ will be used when coding MFC Applications and the C++/CLI used for Windows Forms.

After this has been covered Horton provides a good chapter on the basics of using the Windows API and then its down to GUI business with the remainder of the book. From my experience I would advise readers to go down the road of Windows Forms and Managed C++ as it is certainly easier. However at the end of the book regardless of which path you choose you will have developed a substatial application with a pretty interface and learnt enough to begin experimenting on your own.

Additionally, as you would expect from the title, the reader is slowly schooled in the features (by no means all of them!) of VS2010, which is definately the development environment of choice for many employers... Which is good news if you are using this to further employment opportunities. However, as someone else pointed out earlier, you will need more than the free VS Express Edition to use the MFC.

A good introduction, but I find that MFC layouts and protocol were perhaps not as simple as more modern methods like Windows Forms, or Qt in particular. In actual fact, if you are looking to learn GUI programming and have some basic C++ already I recommend getting into Qt and looking at the books available for that. Sorry for what seems like a long old rant, but I do like to go into detail.... Good book. Well suited to a newcomer.
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