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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: 23 x 18 x 6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #801,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I agree with another reviewer who stated "at the end of the book, I still don't know how to do simple things". It's impossible to find things you'd use in real-world programming in this book.
Take his COM coverage for example: a COM object that determines what the monitor refresh rate is. Who CARES? How about a COM example of exchanging data from one program to another? Granted, COM requires a separate volume to cover, but why even include it if you're going to give us something this useless?
If you're learning C++ because you've got a project at work to do, then look for another reference. Simple things like "_T" are not even in the index of the book. You'll be searching for answers elsewhere.
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By A Customer on Jan. 9 2005
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When I wanted to start learning Visual C++ I started reading many books but non of them told you what was happening and why they just told you exactly what to do without any explination, until I found this book. It covered in more detail than any other book with more explanation too what you were doing.
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By A Customer on July 17 2004
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I found this book very usefull, detailed and you can use as a reference, the book always reminds you with past experience gained from previous chapters and thus allows you to read a specific topic/chapter. also it demonstrated deep knowledge of the subject covered
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Ivor Horton has an exceptional talent for organizing and presenting C++ that makes it easy to learn. This is a very difficult lanuage, but if you persist, you will learn with his book. It is the best C++ learner book I have found. He leads you through each chapter expanding on the previous. It is slow going at first because you need to know so many things to begin programming. It becomes easy after you get half way through the book and all the pieces of the puzzle start coming together.
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If you want to have a strong foundation in C++ read this book. All major C++ concepts are explained in detail. This book will reduce the number of situations where you feel, "AHH!!! Why wont this code work, my syntax and logic is perfect", because it is crammed full of even the most minor (yet very important in some cases) information.
If you are serious about C++ programming and want to start windows programming and/or game programming or any API/SDK programming this book is for you. However if you are not serious about programming with C++ find another book, because the author does go into detail on every topic. If you don't like C++ you may become bored.
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I must warn you sometimes the authors coding style may be difficult for true beginners to understand. Don't let this sway you, just keep at it and reread the code and explanations several times.
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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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The introduction to C++ part alone is worth the price of the book. I cannot think of a better way to make "first contact"
with C++ for someone who is really new to C++ and maybe to programming at all. The part on Windows programming is starting to be a bit dated (no .NET stuff here) but is well structured, informative and really step-by-step. The style of the book is teaching you by example developing a drawing-sketching application. You will find also useful info on building DLLs and database programming. Be warned this is not a book on MFC! If you are looking for a MFC through treatment and reference look elsewhere! But if you are new to C++ and want to see how it is used to build basic windows apps this book will definitely give you a great foundation.
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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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