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Hi there, I''m new to this field but have (as with all the newbies on this board) a burning desire to do some games programming. Can anyone recommend 2 books (one VC++ and one games/DirectX8) that aren''t way over priced but still good. I''m familiar with a handful of other programming languages and am no stranger to OOP. Cheers for any help you can give.

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I''m a newbie too, just finished a book called Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus by Andre Lamothe.

I''d recommend it, very easy read.
Covers direct X (6 i think but stuff is applicable to later versions) and comes with a ton of stuff on CD including MS Visual C++ 6! there are other books on the cd too. and 3d engines.

worth a look. uk price is about £30 on amazon.

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Hi Burmston. Here are the books I can recommend to you:

C++: C++ Primer Plus by Stephen Prata (SAMS)
VC++: Beginning Visual C++ by Ivor Horton (Wrox)

I don''t have any DirectX book at this moment so there is nothing to recommend. Just browse for some titles at Amazon and pick the one that best suits your needs. Good luck!

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Aren''t way pver priced... a computer book? Thats dang near impossible. lol

A book that I bought and have to be very instructional and well written is "the Zen of Direct3D Game Programming". The author, Peter Walsh, walks you step by step through it and you''ll have something on the screen within a few chapters The only problem is... $59.99... A good C++ book is one by Diana Zak, which can be found at the course.com website. I used it as textbook and though it was pretty good. I don''t remember the title though... The multiverse is sloppy... I just make it neat Share this post Link to post Share on other sites A lot of people here on these forums really like "Accelerated C++" though I haven''t read it myself (I don''t know the author). If you''re serious about C++, you really should have Stroustrop''s "The C++ Programming Language", written by the man who created C++. ToTWGPG is an awesome book, thought the DirectX parts are a bit dated. However, it''ll give you a pretty solid background in general game design, basic AI, physics, etc... The only downside is that I don''t think any of these books are under$50.

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If you''re serious about C++, you really should have Stroustrop''s "The C++ Programming Language", written by the man who created C++.

I don''t have the fortune of owning that book, but from what I have read it is more of a reference type of book for the seasoned c++ programmer, rather than the beginner. I''m not too sure about this though. (again, I dont own the book) Check out some reviews on amazon.com

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Gr, someone just posted a great link of free online books but I can't find it. I'm pretty sure its on the Beginner's forum somewhere though; look around a bit.

EDIT: nm, I found it here. Check out this thread; lotsa good links inside

http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/topic.asp?topic_id=101295

I do recommend TOWGPG by LaMothe though; excellent book, and, like someone mentioned, it comes with the intro version of VC6++. A little pricey, but that compiler is probably worth the price alone.

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I don't have the fortune of owning that book, but from what I have read it is more of a reference type of book for the seasoned c++ programmer, rather than the beginner.

Very true. I wouldn't recommend a newbie try to learn C++ from it, but it's a very nice addition to one's bookshelf.

 Stroustrop also focuses a lot on the reasons behind many features of the language. It is definitely NOT an easy read.

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Today I went to my local B&N to check out Stroustrop's "The C++ Programming Language" and confirmed my ideas. It is indeed not for the beginner. However, it has a fancy, cool-looking cover page. Quite an interesting quick read I had - especially due to it's focusing on the "reasons behind many features of the language"

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I''m reading a book called "learn C++ in 21 days" (it''s online readable from: "http://members.tripod.com/~firstpod/cpp21/" ).
but I''m using visual c++ 6.0 and when I type the code standing in the book. Their are almost every rime errors. Can someone please tell me what I do wrong??

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