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Starting Out with C++: From Control Structures through Objects Paperback – Mar 29 2008

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The best book for C++ June 22 2008
By Nitesh Kumar - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a computer Science student. Like any other computer science curriculum , C++ is the main programming language that is taught in any University .This is an excellent book for anyone who is starting to learn C++ programming. The language , examples and the content of this book are better than any book available in the market . I actually learned C++ reading this book , as prior to this i had no experience in programming. This book will teach you everything that u need to know in C++ programming. Well ofcourse C++ is really vast , you really dont need to know everything that is on the book , so anyone who buys this book should get a syllabus or discuss it with someone who has had prior experience in C++ programming to what to study or what not to .
Highly recommended if you are serious about becoming a programmer.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best C++ book ever Sept. 13 2009
By Dvir Cohen Julius - Published on
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Well, My English is not native so I will not write a story.
I will just say that this is the best book you will ever find on C++.
I tried few books on C++ before and I find this book well written, great (and working) examples, great flow charts
and the best approach for explaining the materials.

Tony Gaddis did it again.
keep up the good work.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good investment July 17 2009
By Filippo - Published on
Format: Paperback
I used this book to prepare for my "IT Foundations" University course alongside the official course material and I am glad that I found it. I chose this edition because it followed my course's logic (from control structures through objects) the only difference being that in my course lists were explained before objects while here they are explained afterwards (infact, one of the things I enjoyed the most in this book is the chapter which explains how to create a class to manage lists). This book is HUGE and it might seem overwhelming but it is very well structured and it makes it easy to use it up to the exact level of detail you need. Or you want: I found myself more often than not to study some subjects more in deep than my syllabus required, which in return helped me a lot to truly understand the basics. In this book there are a lot of good exercises but I had to neglect them in favour of my own course's ones, which I had no problem to solve with what I had learned from the book. On the CD there are also 12 additional PDF "appendix" chapters on different complementary subjects like flowcharting, UML, command line arguments and multi-file programs. The chapter on namespaces and the introduction to Microsoft Visual C++ Express are real time savers for the newbies who want to use Microsoft's tool. My only gripe with this book is its cost but I have to admit that as an investment it paid back.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
it is "THE" beginner c++ book July 1 2010
By Essam A. Gndelee - Published on
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the author of this book has a rare beginners teaching talents.i had several c++ books in the past ,however this one is by far the best one i ever came across. it is however a verbose book , be prepared to read a lot (it is 1200 pages).

apart from the excellent explanations , this book has a variety of "stuff": regular "chick point" questions every about dozen pages (or less) ,end of chapter questions (fill in the blanks ,find the coding error , programming challenges ... etc) , lab manuals ,associated videos, a [...] association (not free).

in short : if you are a c++ beginner please do yourself a favor and get this book , period .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for a total programming rookie April 25 2010
By Dave Rothfarb - Published on
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I'm thankful this book was chosen as the required text for the begining programming class I am in. Without it I know I would have become hopelessly lost. Before purchasing this book, programming seemed completely inaccessible to me. With its cryptic syntax and foreign logic, it seemed you had to be one of the "chosen ones" to actually understand it. I had repeatedly fallen for the gimmicks touted by other books of how programming was so easy, you could learn a whole language in just 24 hours. But they all failed in that they either assumed you already knew basic programming concepts or that you didn't mind NOT having thorough explanations.

This book is different. Using an intuitive, unintimidating style, the author guides you at a gradual pace through each concept. There are no colossal jumps in difficulty from one topic to the next, everything flows smoothly and predictably. The sample programs are also demanding but realistic, with plenty of explanations. Thanks to the author, Tony Gaddis, I just might finally get a firm grasp on the scary, esoteric world of programming! I hope all beginning programming courses use this book or something close to it.