So I want to begin learning c++, Ive used some python and ruby before, never got really into c++.. My question is, has anyone taken any C++ College Courses? The reason I ask is that I have about 18 months left in my software development program (champlain college - VT) and I have two C++ classes to take. I would ideally like to get a good grasp on the basics before I get thrown into a fast paced class.
I am currently using "how to program in C++ for the absolute beginner" by Mark Lee. I understand this may not be the best to begin with, but the way it makes you create small simple games holds my attention as opposed to a Java book I have that is mind-numbingly boring.
-What is a good, easy to read book or tutorial to help, I'm open for online tutorials and stuff like that as well
also, I would hopefully be able to create something other than just display a triangle or rectangle to the screen, which I have heard some people have taken programming classes and this seems like their big final project (though some of these people were in Information Systems and not strictly a software based degree)
also, if anyone is willing to 'mentor' or just kind of keep me on track, show me how they started and what small programs they started with, as far as people to reach out to professionally, I have nearly no one in my social or professional circle that understands any of this, nor would want to learn haha.
Any help would be great, thanks.