C++ What is the Best Book for Beginners?

Discussion in 'Programmer's Corner' started by bwilliams60, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. bwilliams60

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Nov 18, 2012
    Hey Guys,
    I was just curious if anybody has a favorite book on C++ for beginners. My son is in College right now for computer programming and finds it a very difficult subject. Many of his classmates are struggling as well. Teacher?? Don't know. Maybe poor delivery methods but I would like to help him out if I can. Online tutorials? Where can you practice? Any websites, simulators? Thanks for your help.
  2. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
  3. tshuck

    Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Not a book, but the tutorials and resources over at cplusplus.com are pretty useful.

    Get some IDE, like Visual Studio Express C++ (which is free), and go through the resources at the previously linked website.

    If you are running Linux, you are probably already set up for compiling programs. On a Mac, who knows?

    Learning to program is largely hearing things that go over your head, writing some programs, and realizing what the stuff you heard meant - it takes time before the concepts being to take root.
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  4. shteii01

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 19, 2010
    Mac people have Xcode by Apple. It will do C, C++ and a bunch of other stuff. You must register, but otherwise it is free.
  5. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    Tell him:

    The best way to learn computer programming is to write lots and lots of programs. Start simple and get more complex. Make up your own problems and write programs to solve them.

    Lots of online tutorials and references out there and you can bet that none of them will be "the" best. The same with books. Build up a list of references that you go to when trying to figure something out and then use them. Pretty quickly you will have a short-list of favorite sites and will know which one to go to first for various types of questions.

    For learning a language, I really like most of the Deitel & Deitel books, but they don't make particularly good references (they are organized for progressive learning so material that should be grouped together in a reference is pretty spread out in the text).
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  6. darrough


    Jan 18, 2015
    Work from the command line at first. Use as few tools as possible. Stay away from windowing. One has to balance the reading with programming.

    1. A Book on C by Al Kelley and Ira Pohl
    2. The C Programming Language by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie

    Both of these are well written and have really good coverage. They are classics. They do cover the object oriented extensions.

    3. Thinking in C++ by Bruce Eckel

    Best C book with object oriented coverage

    4. The Object Oriented Thought Process by Matt Weisfield
    5. The Little Book of Object Oriented Programming by Henry F Ledgard

    These two are not language specific. This is a good thing, as language specific books explain object oriented in terms of one specific language, which can muddy up the issues.

    7. Programming Pearls by Jon Bentley
    8. The Armchair Universe by A.K. Dewdney

    These two are not language specific either. #7 is about programming in general and #8 has a lot of ideas for programs that one can write, such as fractals.
  7. vikasbly44

    New Member

    Jan 19, 2015
    The C++ Primer is best for Beginners, according me...
  8. oscarj

    New Member

    Feb 22, 2015
    If you really want to be a good C++ programmer i wouldent buy a book for beginners. The reason is that you can find those basics for free online. If I were you I would look at Profesional C++ by Marc Gregoire. It is by far the best C++ book I have read. I talk a little bit about it here. Good luck!
  9. Pablo Vent

    New Member

    Feb 21, 2016
    caveofprogramming.com offers a very good C++ tutorial at both beginner and advanced level and the tutor, John Purcell, is excellent in delivering the material.
  10. Glenn Holland


    Dec 26, 2014
    I've got a hard copy of Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days. It was supposed to come with a CD, but it was not included.
  11. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    I have a number of these "Teach yourself <blank> in 21 Days" books (including this one). I have generally found them to be pretty poor books. Perhaps it's because they are trying to shoehorn material into a contrived marketing framework. If I ever do get around to selling texts, those will be among the first to go.
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  12. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
    The OP needed it a year ago.!:rolleyes:
  13. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    Hey, everyone was complaining about the mods doing something about necroposts, so....
  14. Picbuster

    Active Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    the best thing to do is to download c++ from Microsoft ( student version @ no charge).
    look at: http://www.cplusplus.com/doc/tutorial/
    And let him play play play and let him roll into all different problem holes. that's the only way.
    Our professor said once 'I can't lean students nothing!. The only thing I can do is to help them removing the plastic from their brand new brains the way you use it is up to them.
  15. MrSoftware

    Active Member

    Oct 29, 2013
    I disagree with jumping right into coding without first reading, and here is why. There are SO many parts of C++ that you just won't "run into" while practicing examples, and you'll struggle while you try to figure it out when you hit tricky problems. If you read first and get a good overview before you start coding, your learning will be significantly more efficient.

    There are lots of good books, and here is a good starting point. Stroustrup was the original designer of C++:


    O'Reilly books are usually good as well.

    Get the fundamentals down. Understand the various steps that happen when you build (preprocessor, compilation, link, etc..). I've lost count of how many people I've helped that were stuck because they didn't understand what was happening under the hood. The same goes for memory management, compiler optimizations (byte alignment/packing), etc.. Anyway, I recommend some reading before you jump in. Good luck!

    PS-> As mentioned above, Microsoft Visual Studio is the best IDE I've used. The debugger is very good, and as mentioned above there is a free for home use version.
  16. bwilliams60

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Nov 18, 2012
    LOL. Well this thread is a couple days old. I want to thank you for the replies but there has been a development. My son got 1/2 way through and then decided he wanted to be an Aircraft Avionics Engineer so he is taking all his electrical knowledge and applying it to motorized birds :)
    Thanks again.
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  17. NorthGuy

    Active Member

    Jun 28, 2014
    That's what C++ teaching does to people :)