...Certainly having the basics of C and C++ along with the IDE in one place is useful. Combined with the quite reasonable price, one to add to the bookshelf.
This is in fact a complete reference to Microsoft's C, C++ and Visual C++ (5) languages - all within 2 inches of book! It starts with the usual basics of getting started, with an overview of the Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Not really needed for any user for more than a couple of weeks, but perhaps 'essential' for a complete reference?
Once these basics are out of the way, the book gets stuck into the fundamentals of programming. Being both a C and C++ book, it goes through the various keywords from both languages, along with examples in both. The examples are clear with the sample code being well written, e.g.
main. Next follows OO, leaving C behind. This could have been introduced earlier, but not without abandoning the C 'buyers'.
Part four is where the real visual/Windows information comes, with the MFC. This and the following part on wizards are likely to be of main interest to Visual developers. As for this being 'complete' I am not too sure, but it is comprehensive and gives programmers a good head start.
Certainly having the basics of C and C++ along with the IDE in one place is useful. Combined with the quite reasonable price, one to add to the bookshelf.