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im looking for a good c++... it should be somewhere between intermediate and advanced... ive programmed c++ as an amateur for around 5 years... i know most of the features and ive used both std and the boost library... and now id like to bring my programming to the next level... what im lacking in is how to "actually" program... what can u do with these features, how do u design a program, what you should think about when programming, general good/bad rules, design patterns, etc...so im looking for something like that... ive looked at the books "exceptional c++" and "Modern C++ Design: Applied Generic and Design Patterns"... however im unsure what i rly need... and money is of essence... so i cant just buy every book that seems alright... any suggestions?

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My suggestion is that it's not efficient to learn to program from a book. Since you already know how the language works, there is little else books about C++ can teach you.

There are two things I can think of that you can do, the first is obviously to program. Decide on a fairly large project that you belive is within the scopt of what is possible for you, but still challenging, and then do it. The other thing you can do, and which gives you very useful skills, is to take some existing project, perhaps an open-source project, learn how it works, and do something with it. This will teach you to read code - skill that is very useful for real projects, and often harder than programming from scratch.

Remember one thing, though. In C++ there are a lot of features, and if you use them all, you are probably doing something wrong ;)

Lycka till!

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The problem isn’t your knowledge of C++. It’s your experience as a programmer.

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what im lacking in is how to "actually" program... what can u do with these features, how do u design a program, what you should think about when programming, general good/bad rules, design patterns, etc
Which brings up the question of, what were you programming for the past five years as a C++ programmer?

Stop reading and start coding. I read books. A lot of books. But no amount of reading did what actual programming did for me. It was only when I started writing lots and lots and lots of code that I started to be able to intuitively see bad and good design choices, automatically recognize common code patterns, and so on. Reading only gets you so far.

Have you worked on any non-trivial piece of code? Written a small HTTP server (or any other protocol for that matter)? Large GUIs? Physics or AI systems? They don’t need to be AAA quality projects. Implementing a small prototype of a real world equivalent, or participating in a larger project (like open source ones) is critical to advance as a programmer.

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