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First Entry! Good book suggestions?

Posted by , 15 April 2012 · 772 views

Hey all!

This is my first entry ever! woo hoo.

Anyway...The point of this journey is a way for me to stay on track in my journey to learn the C++ language (quite the challenge I know!) over the course of summer now that my exams are almost over.

So why C++ you ask? Well in highschool we were taught it breifly, but then we switched over to C# which I grew to love and it is now my favourite language to program in. In university we are taught java, which is fine, but I really want to learn a 'native' language as well as managed, because you never know! Also all this talk about the C++ renaissance has perked my interest in the language. When looking up videos on C++11 though, they talk a lot about things that are changing in C++ and I havn't the slightest clue what they are talking about as it is way to advanced for me currently.

So the game plan is this: Learn C++, Learn 'new' C++ techiques, Learn DirectX, Make games and become rich. I realise this is alot for roughly 5 months of summer before classes begin again so HOPEFULLY, I'll at least have a solid grasp on C++11 before school in the fall.

The books I plan to read through are the following:
Begining C++ through game programming
Thinking in C++ Vol1, 2 (Seems to touch on slightly more advanced concepts like templates, more STL, etc)
Exceptional C++

If anyone has any suggestions for other books that they have used in the past that were helpful let me know! You can never have to many programming books I say!

So long for now! :)

My suggestion is to read the first book and start coding, theres probably enought there that gets you going really well.
In addition: Find a book on C++ STL, then 2d|3d game programming and design patterns. After that you can read all the advanced C++ books you wish. Posted Image

Programming is not about knowing it all, its more about having the ability to find what you are looking for.
Thanks HNikolas, that is great advice.

After finishing up this first book I'll look into making a 'simple' text based game to reinforce what I learned and hopefully get used to this pointer and reference business :P

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