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    “Your boyfriend is bad-ass,” says one of the kids in the latest Jurassic Park installment, Jurassic World. The kid is referring to Chris Pratt as a kind of Dinosaur Whisperer. He is bad-ass, too, fitting like a glove into a role that asks little in terms of dramatic range but a great deal in terms of suspension of [...]

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  • Film Review: Love and Mercy

    There are some subjects that exert such an effect on the popular imagination, we never tire of hearing about them. One subject is that of the legendary musical group the Beach Boys, at first thought to be a flash-in-the-pan, now part of American heritage. The three Wilson brothers, together with their cousin, Mike Love, and [...]

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  • A.I. and Consciousness

    Artificially Intelligent?   A series of recent movies — The Imitation Game, Ex Machina, and Avengers: Age of Ultron — have brought the philosophical issues of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to the forefront. This subject has been a big part of science fiction for a long time. For example, you can go back to 1982's Blade [...]

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Reader Reviews

For anyone looking to purchase one book to learn C++, this is one that certainly deserves consideration. The author makes use of his extensive programming experience to not only explain step by step how to write C++ programs, he also covers how useful each pirce is and what approaches are likely to cause trouble. What this means is that the reader can focus their attention on those parts of the language that are actually useful rather than wasting lots of time on parts of the language that are only rarely used.
Stephen Chapman
Books attempting to teach beginners both programming and C++ are, of course, relatively rare. In the preface to this one the author says "What's different about this book is that I'm an advocate for you, the reader. I'm on your side. ...". And indeed the enthusiasm of the approach will probably be a great encouragement to the target audience. A persistent reader who worked their way through the book could learn a lot about programming and C++. There is a lot of good factual material and there are a number of clear and illuminating examples.
A. R.
This book does a great job of explaining the concepts of C++ in a simple and easy to understand way. I was worried that C++ would be too hard for me since I only have experience in Visual Basic, but so far this book has me feeling confident that I can actually learn the language. I'm not even half way done, and on forums I can already start to look at other people's code and understand what is going on. I am not done with the book yet so I'f my opinion changes I'll come and update the review, but so far I'm really liking this book and I'm really glad I purchased it.
Robert Carson