I am relatively new to programming in C++. I have some experience with
very basic languages like HTML, but I need some resources to get me up
to par. I am enrolled in a computer science course focusing in
programming and I will be taking C++ as a course later this year. In the
mean time I have been trying to teach myself C++ but I have hit a dead
end in my own search. Does anyone have any tutorials on the subject that
they would like to share or ideas of where to look for them? I don’t
want to go into my class not knowing what is going on. I know that the
course is designed for people with no programming knowledge but I like
to be ahead of the game. Any ideas would be welcome! Thanks
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What exactly is the problem with the tutorials you’ve read so far? Can’t
you just access your universities resources given that you’re already
With C++, I’d strongly suggest that you go grab one of the classic books
from a good store, like Stroustrup’s “The C++ Programming Language” -
but in addition to that, you’re also going to need a book for beginners
(at least that is what I would suggest if you have little experience).
The thing is that C++ is definately not the optimal language to learn
the basic concepts behind computer programming - at least not in the
beginner-stage. I would therefore also recommend that you learn
something simpler first…
I cant access the school resources until I am in the class. Also C++ and
VB are the only languages that my school offers and I figured C++ would
be the most valuable of the two. The tutorials I have found have helped
me greatly, but I have reached a point where all the tutorials I find
are covering things I already have gone through. I was looking into a
couple of books in Borders but I didn’t really find one that I felt
would be what I am looking for. Most were a little advanced. Any books
you would recommend?
First thing you stumble upon on google would be this:
And in general this websitehttp://www.cplusplus.com/
Read through those tutorials, try writing some simpler algorithms using
visual studio and windows console application setting, print some
messages and numbers. Just to simplify everything and save yourself a
headache of setting up window and starting up graphics.
Then when you feel like you tried everything in tutorial, set a new
goal, like create a pong or arcanoid, or invaders game, or simple
one-room platformer arcade, and ask here on this forum again. We’ll help
you picking a good graphic library, and tell you first steps to start
Bruce Eckel’s books are pretty good for online books:
I wouldn’t buy a book because you’ll be buying one for the course.
Although, if you can find which one, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to buy it
early. Playing around on your own by writing simple games and other
programs is probably as much as you should do. Stay with text games
because you should probably wait to decide on a graphic library till
I second fireside’s suggestion. I also recommend the Head First books.
And, no, Stroustrup is horrible for beginners.