Good C++ learning books?

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Good C++ learning books?

Postby madgernader » Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:25 pm

Hey, I'm pretty new to this site/forum and coding in general, so what I want to know is, what are some good C++ books for beginners to check out, to learn C++ and code in the Source Engine, or code for game design in general?

I figured that it would be better to solidify my C++ knowledge before diving too far into source engine coding, so Im just looking for ideas for a direction to go...
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Postby Bob » Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:04 pm

I have a billion programming books, but i dont use any of them for anything but reference any more.

I actually started out with C, which i would suggest, and i have been writing my own version of a c book on my forum, which will eventually expand to c++ and maybe c# if its lucky.

here are a couple of the books in my library:

Advanced C Programming: << Great Advanced programming book
http://www.nerdbooks.com/item.php?id=0534951406

Object Oriented Programming in C++:
http://www.amazon.com/Object-Oriented-P ... F8&s=books

i also have 2 c reference manuals the better one is
http://www.amazon.com/Reference-Manual- ... F8&s=books

You should also bookmark the MSDN and a couple other really good sites for c programming. As long as you understand that C++ is a subset of C you will be fine.

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx

http://www.cprogramming.com/ << Better of the two
http://www.cplusplus.com/

And of course their book reviews
http://www.cprogramming.com/books.html

And if you cant find enough information there to cram into your head, message me and ill show you some tricks that will get your mind rolling.
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Postby steven_m64 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:04 pm

hands down the best book around for C++ is:

C++ How to Program

http://www.amazon.com/C%2B%2B-How-Progr ... F8&s=books

it is used by different schools, any idiot could learn from it.
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Postby madgernader » Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:22 pm

Is there enough difference between the Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition to justify getting the fifth with the big price difference? My guess is its not too much of a difference, just more up to date and such, but I'd just want to be sure.
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Postby Bob » Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:53 pm

Most of what i have seen in programming books is rewording things and the programmers involved hired other craftier programmers to make their old programs look better.

Get the 4th.
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Postby steven_m64 » Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:06 pm

i have seen people actually buy both editions.

but its not needed really c++ how to program is the only book i know of that gets updated well.

the 5th edition has alot of interesting new changes and is also updated to use UML2 as well as having a few new and more in depth sections on different programming methods.

i say if you can afford it get the 5th edition but the 4th edition is still a perfect book and will teach you everything you need to know but if you can later get the 5th edition also. :D
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Postby madgernader » Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:21 pm

Yea thats what i figured, get the one thats under $20 now and if I stick with programming through into college and after, then get the fifth, thanks for the speedy response...
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