C++ is fast, powerful, and fully compiled — three great reasons why it's #1. There are more reasons, and in this guide you discover them as you dig in and really learn to use C++. Each handy minibook covers what you need to know about a key aspect of C++. If you're a C++ newbie, start with Book I; experienced folks can jump in anywhere to learn more!
One size fits most — see how to use C++ for Windows, Mac, and Linux, using the CodeBlocks compiler
Explore objects and classes — understand object-oriented programming and how to use various diagrams to design your programs
Banish bugs — learn to use a debugger and how the CodeBlocks debugger ferrets out problems in your applications
Reading and writing — Minibook V covers it all, including stream programming
Advance to the Library — understand how to create your own templates and build a full set of libraries for your own use
Open the book and find:
Tips on managing arrays of data
What to do with constructors and destructors
How local variables are stored
What packages, notes, and tags are for
Secrets of architecting the Standard Library
The difference between deque and vector
How to make a class persistent
Where to obtain the free Visual Studio Express
Bonus CD Includes:
All source code from the examples used in the book
Please see the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.
C++ All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies, 2nd Edition
John Paul Mueller is a freelance author and a technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 49 books and more than 200 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads-down programming. His current books include a COM+ programmer's guide and a book designed to help with home and small office networking. His technical editing skills have helped more than 25 authors refine the content of their manuscripts, some of which are certification related. In addition to book projects, John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. A recognized authority on computer industry certifications, he's also contributed certification-related articles to magazines such as Visual Basic® Developer and SQL Server® Professional.
Jeff Cogswell has been programming in several languages for many years. His background was previously in telecom, writing software for such strange things as network management protocols. Lately, however, his work has focused more on web development. After spending a few years in both Florida and California, Jeff now lives in Michigan. He's holding out for some warmer weather.