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C++ Primer Plus/Examples and scripting

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I used the search function and I guess I should expect no different but I saw varied results, if very few on C++ Primer Plus. I bought this book a while ago and I'm learning it now, and it seems well enough. I'm just curious if someone who read it previously might know of any pitfalls I will run into or anything it is lacking now that they have foresight on it. I also bought Tricks of the game programming gurus by Lamothe as a followup, and I wanted to know if I should be warned of something else before that. I know I need a strong base in C++, and if C++ Primer Plus provides that then my last problem is practice programs. I can do the little exercises at the end of the chapters no problem, but I figure an all encompassing program for more at once would be useful. I can think of all sorts of contained problems, but I really kind of need help on how to think of things I could do for practice. I'm stumped since all I know is dos and I guess I'm not approaching this right (what dos is capable of doing). edit: I am also questioning the worth of learning a scripting language. I am assuming it is probably good to learn some C++ first and get a good base in that? Or what scripting languages and such are worth looking into for serious development that extend onto your C++ knowledge. I'm thinking of SDL, Angelscript, python, and such. I do appreciate help. You can IM on aim as BlizardBrian if you want or if I am asking the wrong question or doing something silly as to warrant views with no responses. [edited by - TheSimplerOne on June 5, 2004 12:00:48 AM]

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C++ Primer Plus is a fine book. It actually goes into detail when describing modern C++ features, like class template partial specializations, partial function ordering, exceptions, modern iostreams, and enough STL to whet your appetite. You should reinforce that knowledge with Thinking in C++ (one of the best books on C++, free too) 2nd edition, and Effective and More Effective C++. You should also read up on "C++ faq" (google it) and you should have a really firm grasp on C++ and its nuances (and there are a LOT of those). Experience and learning by doing are the best tho, so starting a project once you''re comfortable is a must.

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