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Title:
The Complete Reference Visual C++ 5
Author:
Chris Pappas&William Murray
ISBN:
0 07 882391 9
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill
Pages:
998
Price:
£30-99
Reviewer:
Al Lines
Subject:
MS Windows; beginner's c++; beginner's c
Appeared in:
10-6
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.

return
ing from
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.