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Old C++ textbooks

Posted 13 December 2011 - 06:58 PM

Will I miss out on a lot of stuff if I buy a C++ textbook from the 90's instead of a recently published one?
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Re: Old C++ textbooks

Posted 13 December 2011 - 07:01 PM

Generally speaking I would suggest no.

However if the book was for a 16bit compiler & uses non-portable code you will could yourself bending over backwards to implement it's technologies.

It's my opinion that it never really hurts to learn something, given you understand it's usage.
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Re: Old C++ textbooks

Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:18 AM

Is it really that much cheaper?
I mean I see books that aren't 20 years old on Amazon all the time for good prices.
There are plenty of 50-60 dollar books for 19-25 dollars.

Let's not forget that most of the brick and stick book stores are going out of business. Look around for a store closing that you can drive to.

Many of the books are also available as digital downloads for less. As an example, this is a great book that sells for $24 but the digital download is 9:
Build a Program Now! in Visual C# by Microsoft Press, ISBN 0-7356-2542-5 is a terrific book that has you build a Windows Forms application, a WPF app, a database application, your own web browser.
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Re: Old C++ textbooks

Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:27 AM

I found a 1999 C++ textbook for less than 4 bucks, that's why I wanted to know.
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