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  • Requiem for Nimoy and Spock

    There are some good actors out there and even some great ones, but it’s rare that an actor creates a role so iconic, so life affirming, that he or she changes the way an entire generation sees itself. Excuse me, did I say “generation”? I should have said generations, plural. Because, for almost fifty years, [...]

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  • Film Review: Birdman

    Birdman is one of those films likely to appeal to industry insiders but likelyto baffle others. At bottom, it’s a testament to how difficult it is to produce a Broadway play. One of my favorite “sleeper” films is Waiting for Guffman, which has the premise that it’s tough to produce a play with amateur actors [...]

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  • Film Review: The Imitation Game

    What’s that machine you’re using? No, don’t look up. I mean what’s that electronic device you’re staring down at right this moment? It’s something originally called a Turing Machine but which you probably know more commonly as a “computer." If you’ve studied the history of computers, you might have learned that the concept was originally an idea [...]

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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