241 Days to go

Categories:Shadow of a Soul:Chapter I

There is one thing that I’d like to say about learning C++ (or any language) from books: If you don’t understand something, blame the book not yourself.

Despite what some Amazon reviews would have you believe, there is no magic book on the market. I think of most programming books as incomplete works. In order to get a full view of the topic, just get a few decent books – not just one or two – get a few, and jump back and forth between them when you get stuck.

An ideal C++ book should focus on teaching concepts with very simple examples, and most of the concepts in C++ can actually be taught in this way. Stay away from books that over complicate their examples or ones that focus on a single application. Single application books usually start building an app from the first chapter and continue to do it all the way to the end. I hate that kind of approach because you can’t use those books for reference. You can’t just dip in and read a couple of pages and then close the book.

Also, find an application that you’d enjoy modifying from Sourceforge and begin reading it’s source code for a couple of minutes a day. It’s really rewarding to see all those nonsensical walls of text becoming more and more meaningful as your knowledge of the language increases.

Here are four books that I like, don’t forget there is no magic book, so get as many books as you can

C++ Primer – Stephen Prata
Ivor Horton’s Beginning Visual C++ 2010 – Guess who wrote it
C++ All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies – John Paul Mueller
Starting Out with C++: Early Objects – Tony Gaddis

One Response to 241 Days to go

  1. ReplyTim says:

    It’s pretty much the same for all programming languages. You can learn the fundamentals from reading but I found that I learned code best by seeing some run and going through the code to see how it works. However the amount of examples you can find varies depending on the language you’re using and what you’re using it for.

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