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  • Pope Francis and Me

    They used to be members of the Unitarian Church (which is kind of where I am now), but for several decades, my parents have been Orthodox Atheist. By pure coincidence, they happened to be visiting my atheist sister in Washington DC during the papal visit. So I didn’t expect anything more than laughter when I […]

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  • Film Review: Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation

    The Summer of 2015 has brought with it the doldrums. What is there to see at the Cineplex right now? Fantastic Four? Been there, done that. Mission Impossible? Seems like we’ve been around that block a few times also. But with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie was determined to bring us something different, […]

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  • Film Review: Jurassic World

    “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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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