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    Outdated programming book?

    Hello,
    I was not sure where to post this so I put it in programming talk. I have been wanting to learn C++ for a while now. I purchased a book a long time ago, at the least it was over 5 years ago. The book is SAMS Teach Yourself C++ in 24 hours Second Edition. Well long story short I ended up getting more into HTML/CSS and this book ended up collecting dust.

    Recently I have renewed interest in learning C++. My question is: will this book be too outdated to serve as a starting point into learning C++? Or should I buy a new book. I am hoping I can still use this book as I am on a budget but if I had to I would be willing to purchase something more current.

    Thank you for reading.

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    Re: Outdated programming book?

    Read it again, my guess is that a refresher course in fundamentals can never be a bad thing.
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    Re: Outdated programming book?

    Outdated? Likely not much of an issue. But beware of the "24 hours" mindset, stay humble, and know that you won't learn all the C++ you need to know from such a book.

    Edit: To clarify, I'm not saying you shouldn't use the book -- the reviews seem to be decent. I'm just offering some advice to keep in mind while using it.

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    Re: Outdated programming book?

    C++ standard is not refreshed that often, so 10 year old book is still ok. There is brand new standard coming out (C++11) but it expands on previous editions so it's not like existing books become worthless. Also migration to this new standard won't happen over night and 'old' C++ still has a lot of value.

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    Re: Outdated programming book?

    The 24 hours books are a good introduction - as long as you approach it as 24 x 1 hour lessons, not something that happens in a day. Expect to take three weeks to digest a book like that.

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    Re: Outdated programming book?

    Awesome. Glad to hear I can still use this book as a starting point. Thanks for your responses and if you guys maybe have a personal favorite book that helped you learn C++ let me know.

    Thanks again,
    Tony

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