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Old 03-28-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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Good C++ Material?

I am want to learn c++ (I realize I won't learn it overnight) I have no programming experience, but I do have a fairly deep knowledge of computers. I would prefer the material be gcc friendly as I use linux, but I do have windows xp I COULD use. (I guess). Any Suggestions?

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Old 03-28-2010, 02:43 PM   #2
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first of all, here's (online) book about C++:

If you really want to use GCC on a Windows box, take a look cygwin or mingw.

Hope that helps,
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Thanks. I normally run linux, but I just wanted to let people know I COULD use XP (if forced). I'll edit the original post to make it more clear.
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I found Thinking in C++ to be good, but I came to it from a programming background. It does have an introduction to C in it (and there's a Thinking in C seminar on Bruce Eckel's website), but I'm not sure how suitable it'd be to someone with no programming experience.

You might even want to consider learning C first - C++ is an absolute behemoth of a language, as it encompasses pretty much all of C (which is fairly large to start with), plus a lot of higher-level stuff - the result being that you have to deal with high-level and low-level programming at the same time, which is never an easy task.

If you want to learn C first, I found Sam's "Learn C in 21 Days" (or something like that) to be good as a beginner, and you wouldn't go wrong with K&R.

Also, a lot of C/C++ books are fairly compiler-independent, - here is a link to a good book on GCC. Just the start of the second chapter should be enough to get you started (so long as you're comfortable at a command-line - if not, get comfortable!), but the rest will be handy later on.

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Old 03-28-2010, 03:54 PM   #5
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xp is far inferior to a unix OS for programming.
many more tools.


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Old 03-28-2010, 04:04 PM   #6
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It is absolutely crazy to think programming in Windows is easier. It fact it was so difficult that I quit programming in compiled languages until I switched to Linux.

Windows's design goes completely against what you need for software dev, while Linux is basically designed form the ground up for programming.

Anyway, any C++ tutorial should do because as long as they use only the standard C library (and no Windows calls) the code will be the same on Linux and Windows. But of course the compilation process will be very different.

Compile a C++ source file:

g++ source.cpp

The exe will be named "a.out". You can specify the exe's name using the "-o <exename>" option, for example:

g++ source.cpp -o myprog

Now run it with this command:


To compile multiple source files:

g++ source1.cpp source2.cpp source3.cpp -o myprog

Remenber, list only the C++ files, not header files! g++ will find them automatically based on the #include's in the source files.

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Old 03-28-2010, 09:30 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by MTK358 View Post
Compile a C++ source file:

g++ source.cpp


No, not this way, but rather

g++ -Wall -Wextra source.cpp


To the OP - you better either start from plain "C", or learn both "C" and C++ in parallel - C++ is an almost strict superset of C99.

Knowing "C" helps to understand what "indeed" is happening, i.e. IMO one should understand how C++ constructs can be implemented in "C". Initially C++ was implemented as a preprocessor converting it into "C".
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Here is the greatest C++ tutorial in the history of the internet:


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