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C++ Book for Beginners

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I'm new to C++ and know pretty much nothing about it, but I'm looking to learn. I'm looking to purchase a good book or two that will help me get the hang of it, but I'm not sure which one is best. I want a book that is aimed for people who know next to nothing about the C++ language so that I won't feel lost at any point. Money isn't really an option but I'm not looking to throw a crapload of cash into one either.

Also I want to be able to practice as I read along, so maybe a book that offers exercises for you to do as you read along would be nice too.

Anybody have any suggestions ? I'm just worried about getting one that assumes you have a little bit of knowledge of C++. I don't want to be lost in the introduction chapter.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 07:20 PM

I started with Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days.
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 07:20 PM

i dont reccomend learning from books, i reccomend learning from snippets and reference sheets i learn better that way (well me personally any way. i reccomend cplusplus.com they have heaps of programming stuff, this method of learning is especially helpful if you already know the basics
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 07:24 PM

See the FAQ for this form -- there are quite a few versions of this topic with lots of recommendations.
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 07:28 PM

i enjoyed a first book of c++ from here to there gary j bronsen even though the professor didn't know how to teach...
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 07:46 PM

I'm leaning towards C++ Primer Plus. Anybody read this and how was it ? Is it going to be good for a beginner who is looking to start from the basic and build his way up ?
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:05 PM

C++ Primer Plus (Prata) is a great book, although a bit wordy. I found like one error in the fifth edition and his mpg to liters per kilometer problem does not give the best approximation (perhaps another error), but other than that I think it's one of the better books I've read. There is definitely a lot of prose and code isn't posted on every page, but he walks you through the programs he does show and helps you understand the underlying concepts. So, I would say definitely a good book. A lot of the questions posted here, for example, wouldn't be posted at all if people had read that book. The excercises also fit the chapter content. Good book.
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Re: C++ Book for Beginners

Posted 03 June 2009 - 09:48 PM

C++ How to Program, Fifth Edition
By H. M. Deitel - Deitel & Associates, Inc., P. J. Deitel - Deitel & Associates, Inc.

I found this book to be extremely beginner friendly. All of the examples in the text are working programs, so you can copy and paste them into your editor and experiment by modifying the code. And there are ton's of exercises to do at the end of each chapter. The exercises range from the absurdly easy, to the mind-bogglingly mind-boggling.

I'm currently progressing through this book myself. :)

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Re: C++ Book for Beginners

Posted 03 June 2009 - 09:53 PM

View Postitsjimmy, on 3 Jun, 2009 - 06:46 PM, said:

I'm leaning towards C++ Primer Plus. Anybody read this and how was it ? Is it going to be good for a beginner who is looking to start from the basic and build his way up ?

C++ Primer plus is officially my book of choice, I started out with Bruce Eckels "Thinking in C++" and it was great, until it stopped explaining everything it covered. C++ Primer Plus is a bit wordy, but that's what I prefer, lots and lots of details!
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Posted 04 June 2009 - 03:08 AM

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 03:13 AM

Have a read through here
http://www.dreaminco...wtopic54920.htm
More choices than you can point a stick at
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Re: C++ Book for Beginners

Posted 04 June 2009 - 05:52 AM

Hello,

In my opinion, a really really great c++ book would be "C++ Primer Plus - 5th edition" (Iforget the author, but it's a big blue looking book; i'm sure you can find it on google if you need it).

The book offers very precise and complete explanations on a variety of different topics (from data types, to classes, to pointers, arrays and the STL) - and it's start from a complete introduction, assuming you've never read a single line of c++ in your life. There are also practice exercises at the end of every chapter.

In my opinion, it's a really great book to start with, and one of the few book I have read that I would give a 5/5.
I hope it helps,

Zach
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Posted 04 June 2009 - 06:07 AM

i'm kind of surprised that a lot of people are getting into programming and looking forward to it too. just don't become lazy like many of us have.
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Posted 04 June 2009 - 07:32 AM

where can i find this book. i want to purchase it.
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Re: C++ Book for Beginners

Posted 04 June 2009 - 08:06 AM

I think Thinking in C++ is also a good book and it's freely available at it's author's site

You can also look at "A Complete Guide to C++ Programming".
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