Adventures in Game Development -- Day 9



Lately I've been having trouble following through with the books I'm reading to learn C++. My problem isn't with growing bored of the books, but instead I just find myself confused and disoriented with the examples about halfway through. 

For example, I tried reading -- the highly recommended -- "Without Fear C++". I was doing great with the book, until I got to around page 150. All of a sudden, the examples began using stuff that I wasn't familiar with. A few pages later, I had to drop the book because I was confused about what was happening. It felt as though I had skipped a chapter or something because nothing was making any sense to me. 

Without Fear C++ was about the third book I'd tried to read and had to end up dropping for the reason mentioned above. I probably haven't been reading the best C++ books available, but if this keeps continuing, my problem is going to get very frustrating. 

Today, I went to my local library and picked up two C++ books they had there: C++ Demystified, and C++: A Beginner's Guide. So far, I am 83 pages through C++ Demystified, and I'm following along pretty well. Nothing has jumped out and scarred me in the code, so I am optimistic  that this is the right C++ book for me. 

However, the book doesn't look to cover the advanced parts of C++ and only dabbles into object-oriented programming -- one of the biggest, if not the biggest part of C++. This is where C++: A Beginners Guide looks to jump in as it covers everything from object-oriented programming to polymorphism. 

Now a question for you readers. Is there any great C++ books you would recommend. I'm looking into getting C++ Primer 5th Edition, as I've heard good things about it. If there are any C++ books you want to recommend, please leave them in the comments and I'll look into them. 

15 comments:

Whitelight said...

Great read. Keep up the good work!

Pool Fool said...

yeah I also like your blog keep it up

JustAnotherBloggerNamedCisco said...

mehhh seems complicated :/ not sure if i should takes classes on this

Dootzkie said...

Too complicated to bother about it. I bet you don't bother with knowing law :P

Jokes aside. Those are some useful skills for anyone to learn

VenomForMasses said...

i know your troubles. it's my biggest nightmare when I have to learn something and it just doesn't register - you know

Rumiko said...

Damn that sucks, I'll remember to get back to you if I find a good book, can't think of any at the moment.

baka1236 said...

keep at it bro, have hopes that they will explain what just happened at a later stage.

you can't ever go wrong with C++ for dummies

happyhacker said...

If your library has it, "Programming and Problem solving with C++" by Nell Dale and Chip Weems.

happyhacker said...

If I remember right that books ends with recursion.

baka1236 said...

hope you're learning loads m8

Jay Reid said...

Check out thenewboston on youtube. Great tutorials.

pietah said...

'reading'? The most important thing about learning how to program is practice!! even if there's 10 excercises that look alike, dont skip any!

Xenototh said...

Clearly you should pick up C++ for dummies. :P I have no idea, good luck on that search.

Sean said...

Yeah it takes a while. I read that same book but I read each chapter twice and sometimes read 2 chapters then went back and read the 1st chapter, etc.

Jesse Crows said...

great read!

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