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Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days by Jesse Liberty
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This is an outrageously accessible approach to what can seem an intimidating language.

Interpreted languages have the same basic structure as narrative, so they are relatively straightforward to comprehend GOTO and similar loops notwithstanding. Object Oriented languages like C++, on the other hand, though they can do a fantastic job of modelling and simulation, are somewhat foreign at first ni their approach to the basic components of code. Functions attach explicitly to classes and instances, rather than as qualities of the programming environment. That's not quite naturalistic, and it takes a bit to wrap one's head around where, precisely, to locate routines and variables so that they can be accessible enough for functionality, but not so universal that you're simply throwing everything into an #include file and eating memory.

Sam's guide, like always, comes through. The initial steps are teeny, tiny baby steps, and it is tempting to think that one is going too slowly. But this is an essential coneit of the series, and it's particularly necessary in this case. Think of this book as the prelude to a meatier, application-specific tome.

Since this is just a 21 day intro, don't expect to get into GUI design or pretty graphics libraries. Save that for a later day. But as an intro to the structure of C++ and OOP languages in general, this is highly recommended.
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