Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2005 Paperback – Feb 20 2006
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From the Back Cover
You'll learn the essentials of Visual C++ 2005 and get a thorough introduction to the techniques used for accessing data sources in both Microsoft® Foundation Classes and Windows® Forms applications. Plus, the exercises included at the end of most chapters will help you apply what you've learned as you make your way to becoming an effective C++ programmer.
What you will learn from this book
- How to use the capabilities of Visual C++ 2005 to create applications
- Unique aspects and new features of Visual C++ 2005
- The basic ideas and techniques involved in debugging
- Ways to build a graphical user interface for your application
- How Microsoft Windows applications are structured
- Tips for understanding the nuances of C++ without getting confused by the complexities of Windows GUI programming
Who this book is for
This book is for novice programmers who are looking to write C++ applications for the Microsoft Windows OS. No previous programming experience is required.
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
About the Author
Ivor Horton is one of the preeiminent authors of tutorials on the Java, C and C++ programming languages. He is widely known for the tutorial style of his books, which provides step-by-step guidance easily understood even by first-time programmers. Horton is also a systems consultant in private practice.
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First is standard ISO/ANSI standard C++ that will run on anything and is specifically for the development of high performance applications that run in native mode on the computer.
Second is C++/CLI which is part of Microsoft's .NET framework. .NET is a library of routines that accomplish many of the standard tasks that you would otherwise have to program yourself.
The book is based around the Visual Studio 2005 development environment. Visual Studio is a full fledged IDE, the tools it provides will make writing code much easier. In fact, this and the inclusion of C++/CLI are what set this book apart from others. If you are not interested in using Visual Studio, you may want to consider another of Mr. Horton's books.
This book is in reference, format. That is, it follows more of a traditional textbook format rather than the tutorial, one step at a time, approach of many others.
Mr. Horton's writing style is relaxed and easy, it appeals to many of us. By the end ot twelve hundred pages you will need something light and easy.
It looks great at a glance... In fact, it IS great!
From my point of view, it has at least 2 serious advantages over any other C++ 2005 book that I've seen so far:
1. While most other books focus on Windows Forms, this one has several chapters on MFC (which is exactly what I needed). With experience in C# (.NET 1.1), I am not interested in WinForms (there are no major differences in developing WinForms in C# and C++), but many legacy apps were written using MFC.
2. Unlike many other C++ books, this one has several exercises at the end of each chapter. If in doubt, sample answers (solutions) are available for download from the publisher's website.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs to get up to speed with C++ 2005.
My edition is full of typos. This book would get 5 stars if a good proofreader did their job and the book was reissued. Most of the corrections are available from the published. However, the typos are so annoying and pervasive, the book sufferes.
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