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"Great coverage and examples." — Ronald Conway, Bowling Green State University

"I think one of the great strengths is the inclusion of all of the source code files throughout all of the chapters. Also, the variety of supplemental resources (VideoNotes, PowerPoint presentations, Check Point and review questions, test bank questions) are very useful and provide the student with many avenues in acquiring proficiency of the course material." — Jeanette Gibbons, South Dakota State University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Introductory Programming / C++


Starting Out with C++: From Control Structures through Objects, FIFTH EDITION

Tony Gaddis


Previous editions of this book were called “Standard Version of Starting Out with C++”


Gaddis’ Starting Out with C++ is superbly crafted and clearly presents all the necessary technical building blocks in a logical order that breeds confidence and competence in students. I speak for my students and myself in saying thank you, Tony, for these superior texts!

–Peter van der Goes, Rose State College


I use Starting Out with C++ in my classroom because it does exactly that–starts the student with C++ from the ground up, providing all the tools and answering the tough questions. Without assuming any background knowledge, Gaddis supplies all the essentials for building a strong C++ programmer.”

–Dale Suggs, Campbell University


“Starting Out with C++ is a thorough introduction that provides great support and flexibility for both the student and the instructor. I have never had a complaint from a student about this book. Keep up the good work Tony!

–Jeanne Douglas, University of Vermont


Starting Out with C++: From Control Structures through Objects is the favorite textbook of instructors who place an emphasis on problem-solving and program design in their introduction to C++ course. Tony Gaddis’ gradual and accessible approach to teaching programming concepts gives students the right amount of detail needed to master programming skills.



• Covers procedural programming–control structures, functions, arrays, and pointers–before objects

• Has a clear and student-friendly writing style with stepped-out explanations that motivate beginning programmers

• Includes concise, practical, real-world examples students can relate to and understand

• Has a wealth of exercises in each chapter so students have the chance to put concepts to work as they learn them


MyCodeMate is a Web-based, textbook-specific homework and programming resource for the introduction to programming course. It provides a wide range of tools that students can use to help them learn programming concepts, prepare for tests, and earn better grades. Students can work on programming problems from this text or homework problems created by their professors, and receive guided hints with page references and English explanations of compiler errors. Instructors can assign textbook-specific or self-created homework problems, preset style attributes, view students’ code and class compiler error logs, and track homework completion. A complimentary subscription is offered when an access code is ordered packaged with a new copy of this text. Subscriptions may also be purchased online. For more information visit


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The best book for C++ June 22 2008
By Kumar - Published on
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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.