"Object-Oriented Programming in C++" begins with the basic principles of the C++ programming language and systematically introduces increasingly advanced topics while illustrating the OOP methodology. While the structure of this book is similar to that of the previous edition, each chapter reflects the latest ANSI C++ standard and the examples ...
"Object-Oriented Programming in C++" begins with the basic principles of the C++ programming language and systematically introduces increasingly advanced topics while illustrating the OOP methodology. While the structure of this book is similar to that of the previous edition, each chapter reflects the latest ANSI C++ standard and the examples have been thoroughly revised to reflect current practices and standards.
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I am currently reading this book as we speak! I am enjoying reading it a lot. The book is well written, although I am having some difficulty understanding some concepts of C++, but I am working on it!
Mar 28, 2011
The only reason I write is to express dismay at the critical review above.
I have used this text for several years to teach my C++ class. How did I learn C++ ? I locked myself away for 2 weeks and went thru this book from cover to cover. (Actually I started with his C version).
Its old but even so I've reviewed all? the others and this is still the best. Its strength is its simplicity.
Lafore has a narrative style of writing - My criterion of a good technical book is satisfied - its the sort of technical book you could read (well - bits of it) in bed!
One criticism!! The examples thru the book are sometimes a bit lengthy in aiming to be practical - bit hard to see the wood from the trees and I must admit my course consists of breaking these down and providing simpler examples with his examples serving as revision/re-enforcement.
I dread the day its not available and I'll need to redesign my course.
May 17, 2007
Good book... but for who?
This book presents OOP in C++ in a somewhat confusing way. Starting with the foundations of procedural programming, it introduces the C++ basics, like data type, streams, structures and loops. Enter Chapter 6, where objects and classes are finally explained. But as soon as this chapter's over, you get to learn about arrays and strings, then return to OOP with operator overloading and inheritance, and back again for pointers... It always goes from functional to object-oriented features and back, as if to rush the reader into programming OO from the beginning, as soon as possible. While I don't think this is a bad idea to teach OOP soon, this approach feels weird.
The only reason this book in called OOP in C++ is because all examples from Chapter 6 to the end are presented object-oriented. The flow of the book itself makes it hard for beginners to learn C++ with this book. But it is a good way to learn the basics of OOP.
If you know the C/C++ and/or OOP basics and wish to brush up your OOP in C++, this is a fine book. Chapters, while presented in a questionable order, are well developed and easily readable on their own. Intermediate programmers can easily take whatever they want from this book without having to read it all.
This book does include a chapter on OO software development, but it's incomplete. There are complete books (as big as this one) just to explain OO software development. So experts looking to learn this won't be well served with this book.
All in all, what this book does, it does it well. That is: - teaching C++ to non-beginning programmers; - teaching OOP to C/C++ programmers.
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