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Title:
Object-Oriented Programming: Using C++ for Engineering
Author:
Goran Svenk
ISBN:
0-7668-3894-3
Publisher:
Thomson
Pages:
506pp + CD
Price:
£38-00
Reviewer:
Mark Easterbrook
Subject:
object-orientated; beginner's c++
Appeared in:
17-1
Do not waste your money on this book, it does not teach Object Oriented Programming and the programming examples are a mishmash of C and poor C++. For example:
  • l I would expect a book on OO, when trying to illustrate code diagrammatically, to use some form of class diagram - this book uses flowcharts.
  • l float is used almost exclusively for scientific calculations, even when using library functions that operate on doubles.
  • l Pre-processor macros have no place in C++ code; the author seems to like them.
  • l The STL is not introduced until 80% of the way through the book.

I strongly suspect the author is Fortran programmer and has just translated to C++ with the addition of OO to increase the buzzword count. Not Recommended.