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Book Review Teach Yourself C in 21 Days Complete Compiler Edition

WED, 01 DEC 2010

Teach Yourself C++ in 21 DaysA new week, a new book review.  I have not read more recently; I had some book review up my sleeve.  This review covers the book "Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days, Complete Compiler Edition", which I have read in its French translation.

Short summary : stay away from the French translation.

Well, maybe the latest edition is better, but I would not bet on it.  I quickly got tired of the errors in the book.  I'm guessing those are only in the French translation, but I would not take a chance and will not recommend the original English version either.

While the "raw content" itself is not that bad, you'll have a hard time figuring everything if you don't already know programming.  The book cover a lot of aspect, so if you can get it cheaply (or free, from BookMooch), that's still not a bad acquisition.  Some of the topics covered are : variables and constants, expressions and instructions, functions, classes, loops and switches, pointers, references, operators overload, arrays, inheritance, polymorphism, streams, preprocessing, object oriented analysis, modeling, and errors handling.

If you are really interested in learning C++, get The C++ Programming Language, then have a look at Stack Overflow is "The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List" for the best complementary books.

I'm not sure why books publishers are still publishing new books, when everybody are recommending the same ones.  Do they really think that they have a better book to offer?  Are they betting that it will sell because the topic is popular?  I don't know.  The only thing I know is that Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days is not the book you are looking for.