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  • ISBN: 0470225904
  • Author: Ivor Horton
  • ePub ver: 1736 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 1392
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 31, 2008)
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  • Category: IT
  • Subcategory: Programming
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Thoroughly updated for the 2008 release, this book shows you how to build real-world applications using Visual C++ and guides you through the ins and outs of C++ development. With this book by your side, you are well on your way to becoming a successful C++ programmer.

Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2008

Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2008. Thoroughly updated for the 2008 release, this book shows you how to build real-world applications using Visual C++ and guides you through the ins and outs of C++ development.

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Ivor Horton provides novice programmers with the basic tools as they learn Visual C++ 2008. ISBN13: 9780470225905. Release Date: March 2008.

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Proudly presenting the latest edition of one of the all-time bestselling books on the C++ language, successful author Ivor Horton repeats the formula that has made each previous edition so popular by teaching you both the standard C++ language and C++/CLI as well as Visual C++ 2008. Thoroughly updated for the 2008 release, this book shows you how to build real-world applications using Visual C++ and guides you through the ins and outs of C++ development. With this book by your side, you are well on your way to becoming a successful C++ programmer.
Comments (7)

Arcanescar
I won't go into detail here. The other reviewers have done a good job in that regard. Suffice it to say that this is an extremely good book, very well written. Horton explains things very well, clear and logical. I especially like, for example, his discussion of references, something which other authors seem unable to explain clearly. I've been following his step by step examples for using MFC, and they work well. Every step is presented in detail. Just do as your told and it works!

I do have one significant criticism. The book is almost 1400 pages long, and that is just too long to be convenient to handle. I would have preferred to have it be in the form of two volumes, Volume 1 being devoted to the C++ language and Volume 2 being devoted to the applications. I just find it to be physically awkward to read a 1400-page book.

Addendum as of 14 Feb 2010:

I have been using this book extensively now, and I'd like to add to my previous comments. This book covers a number of topics, the Integrated Development Environment(IDE), the C++ language, the Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) and the Common Language Runtime (CLR) for creating programs to run in the Windows environment. Each one of these topics is huge. Horton tackles the problem with a number of examples, the emphasis being on the development of a program called Sketcher for drawing objects on the screen. He devoted Chapters 13 through 19 to this program. He develops two versions of Sketcher, one illustrating the use of the MFC and the other the use of the CLR, the emphasis being heavily on the MFC. I developed the MFC version. The final version of Sketcher is a complicated program.

If you've ever followed a book to develop a program, you know that you will have bugs your program, and that it's important when you're trying to fix those bugs to be able to have confidence that the author's instructions are OK. I can tell you with certainty that you can count on Horton's being correct. If you truly follow his instructions, step by step as he describes, your version of Sketcher will compile and run OK. I recommend that, after you successfully complete the version in each chapter, you save it as something like SketcherCh13, SketcherCh14, etc. so that you'll have a good starting point for trying to sort out where you went wrong in each chapter. It is an amazing book.

I am, by no means now an accomplished Windows programmer. However, I am ready to start crawling on my own. I stand by by earlier comments.
hardy
I bought this book because I wanted to learn how to program C++ real-time applications in windows using MFC (C++ is the choice for speed over .NET).
Surprisingly there are very few books on MFC C++ programming that are less than 8 years old and these are a bit out of date (Microsoft made updates to MFC in Visual Studio 2008).
My problem is that the book tries to cover programming using C++ and C++(.NET) in the same book.
I don't really care about .NET at the moment. (I skipped the .NET parts because it's like learning two foreign languages at time, confusing)
I wished the author would have focused on the C++ part more because there aren't any good books out there on the subject.
The beginning sections of the book have very good depth, but it seems like the book peters off near the end, probably due to lack of space.
As Microsoft pushes .NET there is still a need for native programming for applications that require speed.
Overall the book was well written. If the author had two books, one for C++ and one for C++(.NET) then those books would be really good.
I think the book is still worth purchasing because:
1) The initial section on basic C++ programming is one of the best I've seen. (very well written and concise.)
2) The book really did help me understand how to use Visual Studio 2008 through it's examples.
3) I did gain a basic understanding about programming GUI's in MFC.
Recently I purchased Foundations of Qt® Development (Expert's Voice in Open Source) and was really impressed by how easy it is to program native C++ programs in Qt. I've gotten much further in a shorter period of time than with MFC. There is even a Visual Studio 2008 plugin that allows you to program Qt in VS.

Jeff
Xor
The book is a great guide for beginners, who want to study Visual C++ 2008 efficiently. The book covers the most popular topics (C++/CLI, native C++ coding, MFC) and explains the details of each in a very easy understandable way. The book is structured in a very good way, giving a head start by introducing the basics of C++, the fundamentals of .NET Framework and taking a glance at the Visual Studio 2008 IDE. This is a great book for anyone who wants to start learning C++ in a productive way. I would definitely recommend reading this book cover to cover.
Acebiolane
I still use it.

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