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Object-Oriented Programming in C++ (4th Edition)

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perfect for transition from C to C++

By levl289 - February 17, 2005

I took several C++ Program In Computing courses while in college, and I must say, this book did a fantastic job of turning the what was then "clear as mud" concepts to something I could understand.

Since those courses, I've learned C and a few other languages, but this book does a fantastic job of introducing OO concepts to a programmer, or a beginner who was otherwise doing procedural programs, or was just starting fresh. Lafore goes over the benefits of OO, and slowly builds on top of concepts throughout the book until you get a good overall understanding of the theory and the practice.

Two things I didn't like about the book:

1. There was very little discussion about doing things the "right way". By this, I mean, Lafore didn't really mention how certain methods of writing programs were less efficient than others. It looks like he was using the best practices in the book, so maybe that would have been overkill, but going a bit more in depth about... read more

Lafore could explain quantum physics to an infant

By "dddsss" - August 13, 2002

Concerning OOP in C++ and Data Structures and Algorithms in JavaI've been a software engineer for roughly two years now. I was fortunate to have learned C++ and Data Structures by books written by Lafore. In my time in the field, I've noticed that I have a much stronger understanding of C++ and Data Structures than many of my senior programmers. It appears that the books they learned from in college were so esoteric and academic (Introduction to Algorithms (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science))that they actually fear opening the book, let alone creating binary trees, heaps and weighted graphs. Of course they are also C spaghetti programmers and they have no problem with global variables.When I was in college the required C++ text was Deitel and Deitel's C++ How to Program. The book was just plain boring to me, fell apart and looked like it was written in some sort of linux text editor. Although the other half of C++ programmers prefer this book over any other, I... read more

Just the right approach to learning OOP and C++

By David Horn "San Diego, CA, USA" - January 30, 2004

This book is used as a text in a number of college venues and it's not hard to see why. It's well-written, explains difficult concepts in reasonable language, it doesn't try to talk over the reader and it presents the concepts of C++ in a logical and sequential manner. I particularly liked that LaFore decided to get into structures relatively early in his book (in chapter 4) because, as he rightly points out, an understanding of structures is useful in the path of learning from the basic sequential and structured programming to the object-oriented concepts and programming that are illustrated later on. Of the many books that I have had a chance to review for use in an academic environment, it's hard to go wrong with this one; and it edges out my other favorite, Prata's "C++ Primer Plus," mostly because of his sequence of concepts and he doesn't spend a lot of time talking about what some of the older and, frankly, less used compilers are doing with respect to the... read more

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