C++ Programming in easy steps, 5th Edition


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Shows you how to program in the powerful C++ language, install a free C++ compiler, and create programs using a modern C++ Integrated Development Environment (IDE), such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio Community Edition

192 pages
By: Mike McGrath
Publication Date: December 21st, 2016
ISBN: 9781840787573

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C++ Programming in easy steps, 5th edition shows you how to program in the powerful C++ language. Now, in its fifth edition, this guide gives complete examples that illustrate each aspect with colourized source code.

C++ Programming in easy steps, 5th edition begins by explaining how to install a free C++ compiler so you can quickly begin to create your own executable programs by copying the book’s examples. It demonstrates all the C++ language basics before moving on to provide examples of Object Oriented Programming (OOP).

C++ is not platform-dependent, so programs can be created on any operating system. Most illustrations in this book depict output on the Windows operating system purely because it is the most widely used desktop platform. The examples can also be created on other platforms such as Linux or macOS.

The book concludes by demonstrating how you can use your acquired knowledge to create programs graphically using a modern C++ Integrated Development Environment (IDE), such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio Community Edition.

C++ Programming in easy steps, 5th edition has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to:

  • anyone who wants to begin programming in C++
  • programmers moving from another programming language
  • students who are studying C++ Programming at school or college
  • those seeking a career in computing who need a fundamental understanding of object oriented programming

This book makes no assumption that you have previous knowledge of any programming language so it is suitable for the beginner to programming in C++, whether you know C or not.













About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.

  1. Getting started
  2. Performing operations
  3. Making statements
  4. Handling strings
  5. Reading and writing files
  6. Pointing to data
  7. Creating classes and objects
  8. Harnessing polymorphism
  9. Processing macros
  10. Programming visually


Freely download the original source code for checking against your own work from our Downloads page

Updates to text for 2017 reprint

  • Page 11 – Step 3, new image showing the latest compiler version
  • Page 153 – Step 5, new image showing prog.o command in screenshot
  • Pages 170-171 – New installation process for tools
  • Pages 176-177 – Step 7, last line changed; First image on Page 177 changed

5 stars In Easy steps…. Yes pretty much!
First of all, this book is for the ABSOLUTE beginner. It takes very small steps explaining individual concepts and practices one step at a time while not assuming you have prior knowledge of the subject.
That said, this is C++ coding and does still require a considerable amount of engagement to take on. For me this involved me eshewing the pre-typed code available on the web site and hand typing it all in myself, this has the double benefit of sheer repetition forcing me to become familiar with the commands to the point where I can often anticipate what the program needs and also making me look properly at what each line and command does specifically.
As of this review I am half way through and am most definately impressed at this books more gentle and down to earth learning process which I have found to be lacking in other books which while clearly more in-depth and involved are also more like reference manuals rather than a guide.
Ok, this book is not going to be getting you to a point where you’ll be programming major projects but it is a damn good start and will at the very least get you to a point where you will be able to do simple programs and cope with the more in depth manuals. Well done Mr McGrath.

5 stars Easy to read!
I’ve had a number of the ‘in easy step’ books in my collection now for some time and they’re all great quality and in full colour which makes reading code examples very straight forward. The topics area all well laid out and easy to identify on each page too. So yeah, they’re a great reference tool when you just need to look up any syntax or if you just need some quick revision.

5 stars It was super useful once I started to do C++ again
I bought this book to revise, when I started to do UE4 again, just to refresh the syntax and basic tools of the language. It definitely helped me a lot. I recommend it to anyone who never did C++ or haven’t done it in a long time.

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