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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (Dec 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470927135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470927137
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 25.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This exciting new edition by respected author Cay Horstmann provides an introduction to C++ and computer programming that focuses on the essentials—and on effective learning. Suitable for a first course in programming for students in computer science, engineering, technology, and the physical sciences and other disciplines, it requires no prior programming experience. The new edition provides even more tools for motivating students to succeed at programming.


  • New sections on problem-solving strategies provide techniques for planning and evaluating solutions—before starting to code. These include the use of pseudocode for algorithm design, hand-tracing code segments, using storyboards, and more.
  • Optional engineering problem sets engage students with problems from engineering-related domains.
  • More opportunities for students to practice what they have learned.


  • A visual approach motivates the reader and eases navigation. Abundant illustrations and photographs make concepts memorable. Syntax boxes annotate code examples to present a visual summary of key points.
  • Guidance and worked examples help students succeed. Step-by-step "how-to" boxes guide students through the implementation of core concepts. Worked examples on the Web apply these steps to new problems. Tips and Common Errors guide students to good practice.
  • Practice makes perfect. Abundant practice tools build student confidence and skills. Self checks in each section test understanding and point students to exercises they can do to practice what they've learned.
  • Teaches computer science principles, not just C++ or object-orientation. The core of the book builds students' skills in control flow, loops, functions, arrays, pointers, and streams before addressing classes and inheritance.
  • Focuses on the essentials while being technically accurate. The essentials are presented in digestible chunks, with separate notes that go deeper into good practices or language features.
--This text refers to the Loose Leaf edition.

About the Author

CAY S. HORSTMANN is Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at San Jose State University. He is an experienced professional programmer and was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Preview Systems, Inc. He is also a consultant for major corporations, universities, and organizations on Java, C++, Windows, and Internet programming. Horstmann is the author of many successful professional and academic books, including Big C++, Java For Everyone, Big Java, Java Concepts, Object Oriented Design and Patterns (all with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), and Core Java (Sun Microsystems Press), with Gary Cornell. --This text refers to the Loose Leaf edition.

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By Taylor on Sept. 26 2015
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucas Jacome on Oct. 13 2014
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Really good, but lacking in some areas. Sept. 11 2011
By Paul Wiklund - Published on
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The author clearly writes this book fro the standpoint of teaching engineers C++ to help them learn programming. This makes the text great, because it is written for the non-programmer. That makes it really accessible. But the author overlooks C++ features such as the switch. He covers them, but only briefly, and without expanding on their capabilities.

As with any other programming book, avoid the digital edition. I have the paperback version and a copy in ePub. The paper copy is much preferred, as the code can sometimes stretch over pages, making it difficult on an eReader. Also, my nook is B&W, and this book has wonderful color illustrations

Should you take the college course using this book, try and get a copy of the PowerPoint slides that your instructor receives with the teacher's edition. They clarify several points, and make a wonderful companion to this book.

All in all, I highly recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good primer, but a bit sparse Sept. 17 2012
By J Larsen - Published on
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This is a great book for someone with no programming experience. Developers who have been through any class beyond OOP I/II should look for something a bit more technical than this textbook.

If you've been in the dev world for a while I'd recommend picking up a reference guide in lieu of this entry level programming manual. The book starts with functions and works its way up to classes, which will seem a bit slow paced to anyone who has utilized a high level language before.

If you are the type of person who uses Google to copy and paste code in order to get by, you owe it to yourself to spend some time studying a text such as this so that you can understand what is going on behind the scenes with objects and methods. This book is worth picking up today if you're still green; you'll be eased into the world of C++ at a very comfortable pace.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Effective beginning teaching book Sept. 26 2012
By jtcotton63 - Published on
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This book is really informative! I found that is was easy to read and understand, especially for me as a beginner. It's full of tips and hints that help you watch out for the common errors, which i've found very helpful. The code and commands are easily laid out in examples that are easy to read and to follow. I'm already writing my own programs! Definitely a good buy for a beginner!
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Love this book Feb. 15 2015
By Christina - Published on
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Love this book! I had to take c++ as a requirement to graduate. I thought I would never be able to program as I had much trouble with matlab. But this book broke down the steps very nicely, has many pictures, self-checks to make sure you're understanding, and definition boxes. I will never sell this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous book! Sept. 19 2014
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Love this book! I feel like it explains things very well, plus the pictures, diagrams, tables, etc. really help to picture the different programming techniques and how they all work. I think it's a great book for learning C++, I highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn this language!