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Thu 02/06/05 at 11:45
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Have decided that now that uni is almost over its probably a good time to start deciding what to do next.
At the moment I'm thinking along the lines of learning another language - c++ so I come to you asking for some suggestions.

Best books/web pages that are likely to make the learning process that bit easier.

Also anyone on here decent at programming in c++?
Thanks
Fri 03/06/05 at 15:44
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AliBoy wrote:
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> Just wanted to see if I could have a decent go at some C++
> development, mostly aimed towards games programming.

Heh, doesn't everyone? ;)


AliBoy wrote:

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> Any suggestions on which compiler to use and any decent tutorial
> sites?

Despite my future alliances, I would recommend Microsoft's own compiler - if you have VS then you're already sorted; if not, it comes with the Visual C++ toolkit. Though I'm not going to use it next year, it is what most devcos use, at least initially.

As said before, gcc, or rather MinGW, which is more a set of headers and libs along with the GNU toolset. I hear that the Borland compiler is rather efficient too, but you can't go wrong from the above.

Oh - I recently discovered that DarkBASIC have an offshoot available, which integrates its own command set into VC++ as a library, so you'll be able to use all of its shortcuts in the IDE. I'd imagine it's rather nifty, but don't have the SDK (costs 30 I think), so I wouldn't know.

Most notable site is gamedev.net - it's all you need really.
Thu 02/06/05 at 22:27
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I'd reccommend Bruce Eckel's Thinking in C++ volumes 1 and 2, both of which are free in electronic form: [URL]http://www.pythoncriticalmass.com/[/URL]. It's a long time since I looked at them (and my C++ is pretty ropey) but I think he's an excellent writer who gets to the heart of the matter and gives you a real understanding of a language. His Java book is great in my opinion - so good that I bought a hard copy too.
Thu 02/06/05 at 21:44
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There is a version of gcc for Windows. In fact, why not try Bloodshed's Dev-C++ ([URL]http://www.bloodshed.net/dev/devcpp.html[/URL]) - an editor and compiler (uses gcc, incidentally) all in one (i.e. an IDE). Probably the most popular free C/C++ IDE going.

If you're looking to learn C++ to write games, this is the book for you - http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/ 1592002056/026-0594531-0994841?%5Fencoding=UTF8. It'll teach you the fundamentals of C++ (and very well at that), whilst putting a slant on gaming apps - what more could you ask for??
Thu 02/06/05 at 20:10
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I have no idea to be honest, ask someone who uses Windows.
Thu 02/06/05 at 19:29
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and if I use none of the above? :0)
Thu 02/06/05 at 19:16
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If you use MacOS/Linux/Unix I'd reccomend gcc.
Thu 02/06/05 at 19:09
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lcarus wrote:
> ShiggyWiggyWoo wrote:
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> Also anyone on here decent at programming in c++?
> Thanks
>
> If working at Sony tech group next year qualifies as
> "decent", then I guess that's me. But seriously, there are
> so many C++ books all covering the same stuff in different ways; to
> be honest, I'm surprised uni didn't have at least a module on it, but
> if you're looking for a starter I recommend those from Petzold and
> Stroustrup.

Any suggestions on which compiler to use and any decent tutorial sites?
Thu 02/06/05 at 14:57
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I'm looking into C++ books at the minute.

What's all this Primer book malarkey I've been hearing about - are those any good?

Also, I'm sure folks on here were talking of some sort of C++ manual they use...
Thu 02/06/05 at 14:57
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I did quite a bit of C at uni but they never covered C++, just JAVA.

Just wanted to see if I could have a decent go at some C++ development, mostly aimed towards games programming.
Think I'll go have a look around amazon to try find something decent.
Cheers
Thu 02/06/05 at 14:43
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ShiggyWiggyWoo wrote:
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> Also anyone on here decent at programming in c++?
> Thanks

If working at Sony tech group next year qualifies as "decent", then I guess that's me. But seriously, there are so many C++ books all covering the same stuff in different ways; to be honest, I'm surprised uni didn't have at least a module on it, but if you're looking for a starter I recommend those from Petzold and Stroustrup.


gamesfreak wrote:

> I have a book on PHP called "Mastering PHP 4.1" which is by
> a company called "Sybex", I found it very useful

Most helpful, thanks!

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