Sams Teach Yourself Visual C++ 6 in 24 Hours

Author: Mickey Williams
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ISBN: 0672313030
Publisher: SAMS (03 August, 1998)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 110,314
Average Customer Rating: 2.4 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
great book for learning to use MFC
Don't expect to learn to write general c++ code from this book. It focuses specifically on the MFC class and does a great job of that. Most programming courses don't teach anything about MFC, but in many cases, you are expected to know it for work or upper level programming courses. I have certainly picked up the basics from this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5
It Will Teach You the IDE, but NOT C++ or the MFC
I picked this book up to learn the Visual C++ IDE and this book does a fairly good job at that, while also giving an introduction to the MFC framework. The book attempts to teach the language, but it is more of a refresher for the very experienced, but rusty, C++ developer.

Each chapter takes about an hour to read, if you are an experienced C++ developer and if you do not try any of the examples, but make sure you read the Q&A sections at the end of each chapter because they contain some very valuable tips.

As for the examples, they mostly work, but there are a few errors and unclear explanations, which can make things very frustrating. Chapters 9 and 10 have the biggest problems.

Overall I liked this book and do recommend it if all you want to learn is the IDE and a little about the MFC. You will need an MFC companion. DO NOT EXPECT TO LEARN C++ FROM THIS BOOK.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Good practical help with theory for this difficult subject.
I found this book a great help. Although I am an experienced C and C++ programmer I have previously found it difficult to get to grips with Microsoft Visual C++. Other books claiming an easy way have been superficial and omitted much detail. If other reviews have been critical of this book, perhaps it is because the subject is difficult.

The book gives a good balance between practical guidance on writing a Windows application with MSVC++, and explanation of the theory behind it. It briefly covers the C++ language itself, but is better suited to C++ programmers wishing to write for Windows. It uses the MFC method throughout and doesn't waste time on old-fashioned API methods. Of course the 24 hours are not consecutive, but I found that each of the 24 chapters takes about an hour as claimed, and this structure helps the reader to plan a manageable programme of learning the subject. It also serves as a useful reference book after completing the course.

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