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C++ Programming in Easy Steps [Paperback]

Mike McGrath
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book! Oct. 23 2013
By Bruno L
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Excellent book, as expected from Mike (I own many). Covers basics but also has quite a bit of depth. Nice clear examples. Good for learning, but then also as a reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginners July 8 2012
By como651 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have just finished Chapter 1 of this book. It took me around 5 hours working through the examples and taking my time. I have no prior experience in any of the C family of languages. This book is excellent for a beginner for several reasons. It is concise and gets you going quickly step by step writing simple programs. It makes you reiterate basic code expanding on what you previously learned. I first attempted to learn C++ with the book C++ Primer which was much longer. I did this by using the Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Express compiler. That was a mistake. I struggled more with having to learn the IDE than the code. This book, however, gives you a link and instructions to download a very simple and free GNU C++ compiler. The GNU compiler and Programmers NotePad (which you can also download for free by doing a Google Search) combined make coding much easier. I've used other books in the series "in easy steps" and they have been great for a novice. I highly recommend this book or any in the series for a beginner. For someone who is already in an intermediate or advanced stage of C++ this book would probably not be what you are looking for. You'd be better off finding one of those reference books as thick as the Bible instead. I believe this book would allow someone to learn the very basics of the C++ language in one weekend if they were dedicated to that cause.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow June 22 2012
By Lourdes - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my 14 yr old son to teach himself C++ over the summer. So far so good, the pages are easy to read, and the colorful visual graphics are engaging and not boring. He has learned to download the compiler and write basic arithmetic functions, operations etc. It's not a whole lot of jargon and the explanations are in plain english for beginner programmers or "wanna be" programmers. I'm glad he's enjoying the book and is motivated to learn programming on his own. The book has a lot of exercises and examples so when you write a program, you can compare the screenshots.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A little too basic to be truly useful June 1 2013
By B. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
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I've not written code since I graduated college 13yrs ago. I'm considering going back to school to earn my MS and was looking for something to help relearn C++. I picked this one up due to its favorable reviews.

I'm not sure if the material is at a level lower than my skill or if I overestimated how much I'd lost in the years. There are no complete blocks of sample code in the book. The step-by-step instructions for each example have you define functions, start your main function, go back and add code to the defined functions, come back and add to the main. I found it somewhat confusing without seeing a complete block of example code. The source code is available to download, but that doesn't do much for you if you're reading on a train/bus/etc.

The book claims you do not need programming experience. I'll just say that If I handed this book to my somewhat tech savvy mother, she'd be able to recreate the example, but she wouldn't learn much about programming. It does explain things at a very basic level that may give a complete novice a place to start from, but they'd need to buy another book or take a class to learn more about thinking in terms of problem solving with a program etc. The entire book is along the lines of "Here is this data type/function" and "Here's how it works". It does give some examples, but very basic.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth book for beginners Sept. 7 2013
By BASIL - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best books that I have, colorful and simple. it explain and guide you to solutions in very easy steps. I recommend this book for beginners.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C++ Programming in Easy Steps March 7 2013
By bikejpmz - Published on Amazon.com
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A quick intro book that gets to the point in each chapter. I've programmed in C and I can't say the C++ stuff was too difficult to understand.
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