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  • Paperback: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (Aug. 26 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764543881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764543883
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #951,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Windows programming is not difficult," observes well-respected author Ivor Horton in his book Beginning Visual C++ 6. "In fact, Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 makes it remarkably easy." Horton's treatment of Visual C++ continues the expert author's thorough and patient presentation of the best of today's object-oriented computer languages. (Besides C++, the author has written the excellent Beginning Java for Java developers). This massive, yet quite comprehensible, tutorial covers all the essential features of C++ used with Microsoft Visual C++ 6. Horton's book is the ideal choice for programmers who don't want to skimp on their general knowledge of C++. The author covers all the bases here in a title that will certainly compare favorably with any other Visual C++ tutorial on the market today. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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What sets this book apart is Ivor's relaxed and informal teaching style, which makes even difficult concepts easy to grasp. It's perfect for Visual Basic, Delphi, Cobol & Unix C Programmers who see the new release of the software as an opportunity to learn the language and understand the professional way to develop Windows applications. Adept newcomers to structured programming will be able to progress in C++ and Window using this book, but they will have to apply themselves to the Exercises and model answers supplied with each Chapter. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is written quite well for some one who wants to learn C++ from the ground up. It starts with a good No Nonsense procedural approach to C/C++ and then on to an Object Oriented view then works into windows programming and even a bit on database access with C++. Very nice way to start.
Bottom Line absolute a ton of Info Presented in a easy to read and understand way. No Extra words like you would get from a college textbook so they could charge more for the text and a ton of info because the author is trying to teach you completely instead of teach you programming 101 and 102.
Obviously as one progresses with C++ more books would be required. After you get through the procedural and Object Oriented part of this book I would plan on buying a book which teaches you other important aspects of programming such as Data structures, and Parsing. Read that while moving on to the windows part of the book. Not that it's at all needed to understand the "windows" half of the books but it stuff that all programmers should know.
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By A Customer on June 21 2003
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A very complete book overall and it covers certain (important) things that usually aren't found in books (like pointers to functions, repeated warnings about returning pointers of local variables). Very clear explainations and good examples.
The only gripe I have about this book is that it's very unstructured. Horton mentions things in random places and you would not catch them unless you already know the concept. Consequently, this is NOT a good reference book. You'll have a hard time trying to find where he talks about what. You really have to read it from start to finish.
I don't think this book is for the beginner programmer. Although his explainations are clear, he doesn't always explain everything he says. For example, he would use words like "automatic variables" without ever mentioning what it is. Now, an experienced programmer or a comp sci college student would (or should) know exactly what he means, but anyone else will be scratching their head.
A very good book to read AFTER you've read another book. This book will fill the gaps.
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By A Customer on June 21 2003
Format: Paperback
A very complete book overall and it covers certain (important) things that usually aren't found in books (like pointers to functions, repeated warnings about returning pointers of local variables). Very clear explainations and good examples.
The only gripe I have about this book is that it's very unstructured. Horton mentions things in random places and you would not catch them unless you already know the concept. Consequently, this is NOT a good reference book. You'll have a hard time trying to find where he talks about what. You really have to read it from start to finish.
I don't think this book is for the beginner programmer. Although his explainations are clear, he doesn't always explain everything he says. For example, he would use words like "automatic variables" without ever mentioning what it is. Now, an experienced programmer or a comp sci college student would (or should) know exactly what he means, but anyone else will be scratching their head.
A very good book to read AFTER you've read another book. This book will fill the gaps.
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As an engineer, I have had experience with the programming languages FORTRAN and Pascal, but never C++. I decided that I wanted to learn Windows programming and had access to Visual C++ at work, so browsing the shelves I choose Beginning Visual C++ 6
by Ivor Horton. It had the look I like (lots of example code snippets, clearly printed, well formatted text) and the depth of coverage to get me programming in Windows fairly quickly, starting from ground zero. I also like the coverage the book gives on Visual C++, the tool to write, develop, and debug your code. Overall, Ivor has a solid presentation, good flow of topics and an interesting style to spruce up a dry topic. Be hearty though, this book is THICK and will require some time with to read and practice the drills.
Beginning C++ is not really an excellent primer on C++ language itself, GOOD but not EXCELLENT. If you have no knowledge of C++ I would recommend a good textbook on pure C++ programming that has lots of problems to work through and examples on HOW to program as the chapters Ivor devotes to this are thin on the opportunities to "dig in" with the code. Perhaps Deitel, "C++, How to Program" might complement this purchase nicely for those with limited C++ knowledge, it did for me.
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By Brian Bascom on Oct. 19 2001
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Mr. Horton has authored a number of other "Beginning" books, including Beginning C++. In the current volume, he attempts to combine teaching C++, Visual C++, and Windows programming, and doesn't do real justice to any of them.
As a primer on C++ the book is easy to read, but quite sketchy. Major features that he expanded on in other beginner's books are covered very briefly ("typedef" and "using" are examples). In terms of Windows programming, the information is well-presented but not well-explained: the reader is told to perform certain actions, but occasionally not why he is performing them. Similar comments hold true when learning about the Visual C++ IDE (Integrated Development Environment). You'll know where quite a few menus are located, but not what to do with them.
On the positive side, the book is readable, well-edited, and I didn't notice any actual errors (other than those of omission). That's why the book gets three stars; if it has the information you're looking for, it may be painfully brief but at least it won't be wrong.
The final point, and one that pulls the book closer to two stars, is that it has a weak index and shallow definitions, so its use as a reference as you become more experienced is almost nil.
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