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

Julian Templeman , Andy Olsen , Michael Hudson , Tyrone Howe
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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++.

About the Author

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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars It's a decent try, at least Oct. 6 2003
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. I will credit the author for having very good OOP style, but the writing is far from satisfactory. Another thing to note is that the author does a good job of explaining Exception Handling, but in the early parts of the book, any reader can get easily confused.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Visual C++ Step by Step April 25 2003
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 of .Net to academic institutions and student population.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars C++ Dec 19 2002
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but many errors... Oct. 30 2002
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor Oct. 14 2002
I was tempted to give this book 1 star, but it does give a small (if extremely inconsequential) introduction to Managed C++. I get the impression that the author wants to coerce his reader into learning ANSI C++, because so much is left out (or glossed over). Given the choice to use either .NET methods or old-style code, the author goes with the older style -- it's total confusion.
In comparison, the Visual C# .NET Step by Step and Visual Basic .NET Step by Step books are a *lot* better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inappropriate for beginners Sept. 7 2002
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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. Aside from the first chapter sort of tossed in by another author, the real weakness of the book are its exercises and confusing explanations. In other words, they don't give you a foundation for a new principal and then have you test and build your skills be giving an assignment based on the instruction and then showing later how to do it after you've practised the example. Instead it mixes the exercise with the initial explanation in a quick "click here, then type this" method. You'll find yourself moving back through the chapter several times after finishing it to try to piece together what they were really showing you. I know how to program already in 2 other languages, but found the jump to C++ no easier after reading this book.
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