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Microsoft Visual C++ .Net Step by Step [Paperback]

Julian Templeman , Andy Olsen , Michael Hudson , Tyrone Howe
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Jan. 23 2002 0735615675 978-0735615670 1st edition
This intuitive, self-paced learning system makes it easy for developers to teach themselves how to draw on all the power of Microsoft Visual C++, and to see how Visual C++ compares with other popular development languages. Developers learn C++ by following step-by-step instructions with numerous high-quality code examples--all created specifically for this book.

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It’s the intuitive, step-by-step, self-paced guide to learning how to write professional software applications with Microsoft Visual C++.NET.

This title is aimed both at novice programmers who have no knowledge of modern structured programming languages and at experienced programmers who don’t know Visual C++.

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Julian Templeman is a professional consultant, trainer, and writer who has been using and teaching C++ for nearly 20 years and has been involved with .NET since its first alpha release in 1998. He is the author or coauthor of 10 programming books, including COM Programming with Microsoft .NET.


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1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it. May 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
To summarize, I hate this book because you can't use it without reading it through from page one. I use this book for a class I am enrolled in. One of our projects is to build a simple windows game. So, I look up how to display a bitmap. Displayed are two lines of code along with the instructions "find the Form_1Paint function that handles Paint events". Where should I look? The instructions do not hint at where it is and certainly the function can't be found by searching the code. The only way to understand what they are talking about is to actually go through every tutorial in baby-step fashion because every page on the book tells you something such as "Continue with the CPPDraw application from the previous excersise" (p.365). Well I don't want to read the whole )@$#%ing book to find out how to draw a bitmap. When I finally do figure it out I am guessing I could show someone how to do it in 10 lines of code so they wouldn't have to read 100 pages of baby-step drivel. If you want to find out how to do any one thing in .Net with this book expect to have to spend several hours reading the previous 100 pages from where it is supposedly explained. Microsoft Press should consider making encryption a core of their business. They are really good at it.
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I found this book to be disappointing. Like so many other programming books it supposedly starts off at a pace for a beginner. However, it spends too much time on basic syntax, which I assume most programmers are familiar with, or are familiar with other programming languages and could make the adjustment quickly to basic C++.
It does give a few important introductory points on the new managed classes, to its credit. However one-half of the way through the book the author begins to leave C++ and give "glimpses" of the .Net features of C++, which are much too vast to cover even simplistically in such a small space. The topics quickly became so far from what I wanted to learn about C++ that it was hard to believe they were covered in the same book as the simplistic syntax lessons at the beginning. I came away from this book more confused as to what I could do with C++ .Net than before I read it.
I don't know who this book is intended for, but it is definitely not for those wanting an tutorial on core .Net C++ without the excessive syntax explanations that fill the first half of so many programming books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but many errors... Oct. 30 2002
Format:Paperback
This is a good book if you are looking to take a step up from Console programming to more advanced stuff. It teaches you the new .NET features in a pretty effective manner. There are a lot of errors however. I read this book and did the actual step by step follow-along. I had the errata webpage open the whole time because there were dozens of cases where in the actual code examples they would leave out a keyword that was critical to your program. It also came with code for everything in the book on CD so if I got to a point where my code didn't work or their instructions were too vague, I was able to open their code and compare. Interesting enough, the code on the CD frequently strayed from the instructions in the book. It was almost like they wrote the book and when they read through it to actually do the coding the book talks about, they said, "Hey, that doesn't work!" But then they never changed it in the text. I would not recommend it to complete beginners for that reason. For those who aren't complete beginners, keep your eyes open and check out the errata site.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginner Aug. 16 2002
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Format:Paperback
I have bought the following C++ books before
Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example
by Andrew Koenig, Barbara E. Moo
Desktop Applications for Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 MCSD Training
Distributed Applications for Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 MCSD Training
The first one is sure not for begineer and I was definitely misleaded by the numerous excellent reviews in amazon to buy this one. I even questioned whether developers in the IT fields will write programs in such manner. May be the second and the third one is aimed for certification, it touches everythings in Visual C++ in quite a superficial way. It is difficult to grap the complicated stuffs inside.
But for this one, I have just read the first 8 chapters, it is an excellent book for me. The tutorial format with simple but good and clear enough examples. I can really grap all the concepts easily this time. This book really meets the purpose of Step by Step Series - Learn core programming skills with these hands-on, tutorial-based guides designed to walk any developer through the fundamentals of Microsoft's programming languages in this. And I may buy the Programming series after this one for professional level.
For those who complain this books too light, I think they are wrong, please read the purpose of Step by Step series before making comment. This books really meets the purpose.
If they want the more advanced one, they should buy the Programming with Microsoft Visual C++.Net instead which is designed to be the best single-volume explorations of professional-level software tools and technologies, Programming books provide expert guidance and instruction-coupled with a full cache of reusable code and other resources on CD-ROM-to help expedite your productivity. Part of the Microsoft Programming Series. (i.e copy from MSPress)
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's a decent try, at least
The book wades through managed C++ code, and it is very good. However, the author doesn't do a good job of maintaining consistency and explaining the code. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by Brian Maula
2.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Visual C++ Step by Step
Poorly written and not text book quality. Many code errors incorporated into text. If this is the best that Microsoft has to offer, it will seriously impeed their marketing efforts... Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by W.C. Schafer
3.0 out of 5 stars C++
C++ user manual does not come with a Visual C++ software. this book is not good, but you have to buy it as the user's manual. Now you see microsoft's monopoly.
Published on Dec 19 2002 by "strength25"
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor
I was tempted to give this book 1 star, but it does give a small (if extremely inconsequential) introduction to Managed C++. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2002 by Chris Gardner
2.0 out of 5 stars Inappropriate for beginners
If you're new to C++ and want a self paced instruction from which you plan to teach yourself the language, don't choose this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginner but too many errors
This is a great book for beginner even if I feel it's poor at my first glance. It covers essential materials that you should know about Managed C++ and .NET Framework. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2002 by dribgnirps
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginner
I have bought the following C++ books before
Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example
by Andrew Koenig, Barbara E. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Not appropriate for any level
When my library got this book, I just had to grab it to catch up on the new Visual C++ .net. As an intermediate C++ student, I thought that this would get me up to speed on the new... Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by Peter
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors too early on to be useful
It's kinda scary that a book released by MS press about an MS product can have so many errors...
I gave up and returned my copy after I'd read about 40 pages because my... Read more
Published on June 2 2002
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