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Discussion in 'C++' started by Christine, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. Christine

    Christine Guest

    I am looking for some good C/C++ tutorials either online or in book form.

    I am using Dev C/C++ 4 (from and I am using WindowsXP
    operating system. I don't have the money for MS Visual C++ at this point.
    Can anyone tell me if I have a good compiler/IDE? I don't plan on doing
    anything huge.

    Using tutorials, I have already written a few very basic programs and a game
    using SDL library(from and I understand how they work. Any
    suggestions for other libraries I might try using?

    It would really help me out if someone(s) could volunteer the story of how
    they learned...I'm trying to do it on my own and I am frequently a bit lost
    as to what to do next. Any advice would be a big help!

    Christine, Sep 9, 2003
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  2. Christine

    Govindan Guest

    Try a search on Google "IDE compiler C++ free", you will find at least a
    dozen free C++ compilers.
    Get a good STL library and place it in the library path of your chosen IDE.

    Do another search "C++ class libraries free" , you find a large collection
    of C++ class libraries already
    written for various domains.
    As for learning C++, get one or two tutorial books on C++, beginner or
    intermediate level
    and read it together with a good updated C++ Standard Library reference.
    Beware of free C or C++ tutorials on the net, mostly written by students or
    hobbyists. May not be always accurate.

    For a free book, try "Thinking in C++" by Bruce, I have not personally used
    it, but heard very good
    reviews from professional users. This book is a bit verbose.

    Read the tutorial , references, try typing in the code fragments, run them ,
    modify them and try include
    them in your programs. Do some exercises at the end of the chapters, just to
    test your grasp of the content.
    Read others programs , code where your interest lies like games or graphics

    After you have become confident of the core language and libraries, look at
    the applications other have written.

    Search "Open Source C++ projects" or look at Sourceforge where lots of
    applications and program are hosted by
    programmers, developers and enthusiasts. You can download and use their apps
    or participate to help develop them.

    Govindan, Sep 9, 2003
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  3. No-one has been able to spot a quality online C++ tutorial since the
    www was invented, with one possible exception: the one referred to
    in the ACCU pages, but alas, it's a 404 "page not found".

    So keep in mind that online C++ tutorials are full of incorrect
    information and bad practice, having mostly been written by
    enthusiastic students.

    That doesn't seem to be very basic.

    Take a look at
    <url: Libraries>

    Check out

    (This is a Norwegian FAQ, but links & book titles are in English... ;-) ).
    Alf P. Steinbach, Sep 9, 2003
  4. Hy Christine

    I think C++ is too complex for a tutorial.
    My advice would be:
    1) make yourself familar with the basics of c++ (I think you did this
    2) practice (there are lists of exercises for this, but I do not know
    them, for I never did some (well, I once did some at the university.
    wasn't really helpful)
    3) read books (at 11:30 this day there was a good thread about this)
    4) if you have in any way the opportunity for this: have a experienced
    c++ programmer read/review your work and give you tips on how to
    improve. I think this one is important.
    5) read code written by experienced programmers.

    The Choice of the IDE/compiler does only matter for some advanced
    issues. You should concentrate on the comfort provided by the editor
    (where, I think, MSVC is just fine). When you one day plan to do
    template specialisation, you should think about your compiler choice.

    Gabriel Schreiber, Sep 9, 2003
  5. I really appreciate all the great tips you have all given me. It has really
    helped me figure out where to go from here. Hopefully in the future I will
    be able to play a bigger part in this newsgroup, but for right now, a lot of
    it is over my head!

    I am not sure where I picked this habit up, but I am hesitant to download
    Dev-C++ because it is still in beta. Should I upgrade from 4? Or
    is it better to wait until 5 comes out?

    Thanks to everyone,
    Christine Gehring, Sep 12, 2003
  6. Christine

    Agent Mulder Guest


    If you are looking for your favorite compiler you
    have fun ahead because your favorite compiler is

    Installation is a breeze.

    Agent Mulder, Sep 12, 2003
  7. While testing with both 4 and the beta I have had better results with the
    beta. I think he must have upgraded the compiler because the error messages
    are much better. In fact, it now flags void main. We have had various "hang
    ups" using 4 in the classroom (getting spurious "Out of memory" messages and
    the like) so I'm looking forward to 5. But my use in testing at home hasn't
    run into any problems using the beta. Go get it.
    [And yes, it is a pain. You have to uninstall one version before using the
    other. Fortunately, I have dual boot with NT and W2K.]
    Gary Labowitz, Sep 12, 2003
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