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Good book on C++ and MS VC++ 5.0

Posted on 1998-07-12
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I used to do C programming under DOS with Turbo C, and then stopped programming for a few years. Now i want to get back into C/C++ programming and need a good book that'll give a good foundation for C++ (beginner to intermediate), using VC++ 5.0.  I found the online help of VC to a piece of crap.

Maybe some of you so guys (or gals) that went through the same pain can gimme some ideas.
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I have to disagree with the opinions expressed in Q.10043534
Get Lippman's "C++ Primer, 3rd edition".  Best book for a beginner.

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Although i will accept chensu's answer as set out in Q.10043534, I must say that to date I've not been very impressed with offerings from Microsoft Press. Any other suggestions about a book (can't afford more than one at this stage) that covers C++ in the VC++5 enviroment??
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I also used to program in DOS with Turbo C and assembly language. If you know nothing about the concepts of C++ so far, I would suggest not to touch most features of Visual C++ 5 first. The roadmap for you may be

1. C++, basic Windows programming in C/C++
2. Visual C++, MFC

You can use Visual C++ to program Win32 Console Applications to learn C++. Win32 Console Applcations are similar to DOS applications.

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I strongly suggest "C++ Program Design" by Cohoon and Davidson as a starting point.  This text has been adopted by 175 universities and presents a brand new approach to learning C++ researched by the National Science Foundation.  The text teaches you how to think and design in C++, not just learn the syntax and semantics that go beyond C.  It presents some classic examples you have probably done in C, but it is adapted to C++ pedagogy.  In addition, the software projects that the book takes you through is excellent.

It presents programming for the console first, then it introduces you to basic Windows API programming (using a custom class the authors developed) which also helps you understand the language at its fullest potential.  By the end of the text, you will have an excellent intro to API programming including callbacks and events.

From that point, you can move on to a full-blown Visual C++ / MFC book with ease as well as super-detailed references such as Lippman and Stroustrop's books.

I tutor courses at the university level and I know that the best software engineers understand the language and know how to use it at it's fullest potential, understand how to create efficient and consise designs without resorting to cheap shortcuts and hacking.

Good luck.

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The book that I used to go from Turbo C++ to Visual C++ was:

<i>Visual C++ 5 in 21 days</i>
Sams Publishing

I found it to be a great help.  It will tell you, in very detailed, step-by-step instructions what you have to do to do just about anything.  I highly recommend it.

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Heh, I guess HTML tags are not allowed.

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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys!

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