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#1 dimescion   Members   -  Reputation: 171

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:23 PM

Hello everyone, just signed onto the forum. I'm learning C++ without any prior coding experience and I've bought "Beginning C++ Through Game Programming, Second Edition." which seems to be an excellent tutorial. But Christmas is coming up and I need gift ideas for myself. What C++ reference books would you suggest?



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#2 RH101   Members   -  Reputation: 340

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:39 AM

Buying another book may not help.

 

Consider a subscription to something like www.gameinstitute.com, so you can follow a more structured and practical way of learning C++. I paid for one earlier this year ($99), and while I didn't need the C++ section, others I know have found it to be very helpful.  My main focus was the Unity3D lectures/tutorials on there. 

 

You can also find an incredible amount of free sources of information for C++, so use a search engine to your advantage. 



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 07:10 AM

Since you're asking for a reference book I would suggest this: http://www.amazon.com/The-Programming-Language-4th-Edition/dp/0321563840



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:05 AM

I'll second the above book and add that anything you buy make sure it supports c++11 (and/or isn't more than a few years old) things changed a lot with c++11.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:42 PM

Thanks! I was losing hope people would respond.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:59 AM

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:26 PM

Also: 

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Language-2nd-Brian-Kernighan/dp/0131103628/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387304755&sr=1-1&keywords=c+programming+language

 

It's about C... but knowing C helps c++



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 02:00 PM

I disagree. Knowing C is useful in and of itself, but if you want to learn C++, learn C++. The two languages have diverged significantly.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:24 AM

Have some C++ student book for general information,

then buy a book for programming for Windows,

after that buy a book for programming in DirectX,

instead of starting with the game programming book for DirectX.

 

Ofcourse you can choose other options like for Linux or OpenGL, just a example.

 

Please note : most gameprogramming books dont give you everything, last page Always refers to buy another book instead,

so your better off with that complete C++ book anyways.

 

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