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  • Film Review: Ex Machina

    Ex Machina is the second film in half a year to deal with the Turing Test, a test proposed by mathematician Alan Turing to decide whether a machine can think. (The Imitation Game, which was all about Alan Turing, referred to the same test by the title of that film.) It’s a sign of the [...]

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  • Mini Film Reviews April 2015

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The title is clever, but its double meaning is all too appropriate. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was the sleeper hit of summer 2012, the story of a group of Brits who go on a vacation to India at bargain rates—each for their own personal reasons—and end up falling [...]

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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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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