Item description for C++ Programming for the Absolute Beginner (For the Absolute Beginner) by Dirk Henkemans & Mark Lee...
Overview Demonstrates C++ programming basics.
Publishers Description If you are new to programming with C++ and are looking for a solid introduction, this is the book for you. Developed by computer science professors, books in the for the absolute beginner series teach the principles of programming through simple game creation. You will acquire the skills thaty ou need for more practical C++ programming applications and will learn how these skills can be put to use in real-world scenarios. Best of all, by the time you finish this book, you will be able to apply the basic principles you've learned to the next programming language you tackle.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2002
Publisher Course Technology PTR
ISBN 1931841438 ISBN13 9781931841436
Reviews - What do customers think about C++ Programming for the Absolute Beginner (For the Absolute Beginner)?
Not the best book to start learning programming. Jan 23, 2007
This book started out good, but then got me dissappointed because since i'm a beginner in this programming stuff, i found myself having to fix the errors of the programming samples that they had in the book. Ofcourse that was extremely hard for me, since the job of this book was to teach me c++ programming, especially for a beginner in this area. Not for me to fix their porblems with no programming experience. Horrible book!!
Good explanations, many errors. Dec 6, 2005
I would agree with what most people have said. I would like to caution people however that there are many errors. If you are a complete noob to programming you may not catch these. This will slow down your learning and may frustrate you enough to quite. I would recommend 'Beginning C++ Game Programming' over this book. However, I do think that this book is great because the explanations are quick and concise. Used with another resource this book is great.
Fundamentally flawed as a package Apr 10, 2005
I have just started working with the book and while it seems fine and straightforward thus far, the package is flawed at a very basic level. The accompanying CD contains quite a bit but what it does not contain is CodeWarrior (the program referenced in the text) or a similiar program for actually working with C++. To be perfectly clear, you must first acquire software elsewhere before you be able to begin using the information and exercises in the text AT ALL. It strikes me as a very serious oversight / error on the part of the authors to have not included at least a trial version of the required software in order to let people use the book upon receipt.
Great but outdated Nov 5, 2004
This book was the most useful, informative, easiest, greatest reference for learning C++ in the world until it got into the chapters on directX programming. The book used directX7 while the world has moved on to DirectX 9 (and in the very near future DirectX 10).
I wholeheartedly reccommend the book to the beginning c++ programmer as a tool to teach you all the basics up to basic WINAPI programming. After that though, you will need a different book.
Gets the job done... Nov 16, 2003
This book is a decent beginners book, but I feel that it isn't exactly for the absolute beginner. The challenges at the end of each chapter could be a lot better, they don't completely test comprehension of all concepts in the chapter. If you are already familiar with another programming language, this is a good book to get you started with C++.