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Postby joemc911 » Fri Jul 30, 2004 5:57 am

I am interested in learning C++ or perhaps Visual C, Visual Basic, something along those lines but I'm not sure where to look and what I need to be able to do so without academic training.

I expect to use something like learn XXXX in 21 days or a similar training book but if I get something like this do I need to purchase a program to be able to learn this programming language or would it be included or do I not really need anything special. I know a little web page design and have a very basic knowledge of programming.

Any helpful responses are greatly appreciated!
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Postby Hardware Junkie » Fri Jul 30, 2004 8:40 pm

Depends on the manual you pick up. Sometimes the CDROM in the book even comes with free versions of the software
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Some places to look...

Postby tryn » Mon Aug 02, 2004 9:45 am

If you want to see a wide variety of books without having to sort through Amazon or somewhere else, check out...

http://safari.oreilly.com

The bargain racks at used book stores, regular book stores, etc.

See what the local colleges carry. Often you can check out a college's website and even see the books they recommend for certain classes.

A textbook style format will serve you better in the early stages of learning as you will get examples and exercises to ractice with. There are also a lot of forums for various programming languages. Just do some searches and you will find them.

Finally, I would suggest picking up a book about structured programming. The book should introduce you to the basic concepts of variables, arrays, loops, etc. It should also give a bit of insight into the devlopment process. The link to the safari site should give you ample fodder to search through.

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P.S. A lot of my computer programming training (at a Tech. College) has been done with books from Course Technologies.

http://www.course.com
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Postby jato oswor » Sat Aug 28, 2004 2:26 pm

if youre going to learn c++ then most programs you need you can find on the net, there not the best around but they'll do. book wise just go into your local pcworld e.t.c to find a good book then go and buy it on amazon
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Postby joemc911 » Sun Aug 29, 2004 7:11 am

Thanks guys! I did some research and picked up, or at least ordered and it's on it's way, the Sams Teach yourself C++ in 21 Days manual. It says it is complete with everything I need. Hopefully so. Now it's just a matter of dedication and discipline... A lot more difficult than finding the book! :?
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