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Jord_JW

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Jord_JW    115
Hey Im new to programming and codin whatever its called and im using C++ I got a book C++ for Dummies, im in the 2nd chapter and some of the stuff is just going straight over my head and not makin any sence at all, any help??

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RDragon1    1205
A lot of learning how to program is learning how to ask questions. First off, the book you chose is a terrible resource for learning C++.

In any case, what exactly are you having trouble understanding?

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There are plenty of good resources for learning C++ on the internet. I wouldn't waste money on a book, especially a "Dummies" one.

Chapter 2 starts talking about variables, right? As long as you understand the need for variables and the basics of how to use them, don't worry too much about the rest for now. When you're first learning about C++, there will probably be points when you're saying, "When would I ever use that?" Don't spend too much time stressing about it and just keep going. As long as you're aware it's there, when the time comes that you actually need it, you'll remember about it, and then you can go back and read about it again.

Try to get programming as soon as possible, even if it's a stupid little guessing game. The sooner you do, the sooner you'll find uses for all the stuff you're learning about.

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jackolantern1    158
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There are plenty of good resources for learning C++ on the internet. I wouldn't waste money on a book, especially a "Dummies" one.

Chapter 2 starts talking about variables, right? As long as you understand the need for variables and the basics of how to use them, don't worry too much about the rest for now. When you're first learning about C++, there will probably be points when you're saying, "When would I ever use that?" Don't spend too much time stressing about it and just keep going. As long as you're aware it's there, when the time comes that you actually need it, you'll remember about it, and then you can go back and read about it again.

Try to get programming as soon as possible, even if it's a stupid little guessing game. The sooner you do, the sooner you'll find uses for all the stuff you're learning about.



Very good advice. It is not important right now to know how something works or why it works. In fact, it isn't even crucial to remember how to use it. It is only important that you know when you would use it. No programmer on earth remembers every single bit and syntax of all the classes in a modern class library (which are typically mind-blowingly huge), and even experienced programmers refer to documentation often. As long as you know where to look in your documentation, you will be able to use it to get the job done.

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