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What reference book on C++ should a beginner buy?

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Hello everyone, just signed onto the forum. I'm learning C++ without any prior coding experience and I've bought "Beginning C++ Through Game Programming, Second Edition." which seems to be an excellent tutorial. But Christmas is coming up and I need gift ideas for myself. What C++ reference books would you suggest?

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Buying another book may not help.

 

Consider a subscription to something like www.gameinstitute.com, so you can follow a more structured and practical way of learning C++. I paid for one earlier this year ($99), and while I didn't need the C++ section, others I know have found it to be very helpful.  My main focus was the Unity3D lectures/tutorials on there. 

 

You can also find an incredible amount of free sources of information for C++, so use a search engine to your advantage. 

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I'll second the above book and add that anything you buy make sure it supports c++11 (and/or isn't more than a few years old) things changed a lot with c++11.

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Have some C++ student book for general information,

then buy a book for programming for Windows,

after that buy a book for programming in DirectX,

instead of starting with the game programming book for DirectX.

 

Ofcourse you can choose other options like for Linux or OpenGL, just a example.

 

Please note : most gameprogramming books dont give you everything, last page Always refers to buy another book instead,

so your better off with that complete C++ book anyways.

 

greetings

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