C++ All-in-One For Dummies

C++ All-in-One For Dummies

Get ahead of the C++ curve to stay in the game

C++ is the workhorse of programming languages and remains one of the most widely used programming languages today. It’s cross-platform, multi-functional, and updates are typically open-source. The language itself is object-oriented, offering you the utmost control over data usage, interface, and resource allocation. If your job involves data, C++ proficiency makes you indispensable.

C++ All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition is your number-one handbook to C++ mastery. Author John Paul Mueller is a recognized authority in the computer industry, and your ultimate guide to C++. Mueller takes you through all things C++, including information relevant to the 2014 update.

  • Learn how to work with objects and classes
  • Conquer advanced programming and troubleshooting
  • Discover how lambda expressions can make your code more concise and readable
  • See Standard Library features, such as dynamic arrays, in action

Online resources include source code from examples in the book as well as a C++ GNU compiler. If you need to learn C++, this is the fastest, most effective way to do it. C++ All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition will get you up and running quickly, so you can get to work producing code faster and better than ever.


  • Series: For Dummies
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (August 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118823788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118823781
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  1. – Initial Review 1/5/15 with several updates. The train wreck just kept getting worse. –

    OK I don’t normally review 800 page books after 70 pages but those 70 pages were pretty scarey. I’m an advanced enough C++ user that I skimmed the first 70 pages in about 10 minutes, mostly getting a feel for how the material was presented not so much trying to learn how to print ‘Hello World’ to the console.

    Even just skimming (not actually following) I found at least 5 glaring typos 4 of which were completely inexcusable. So I’ll start the editing process the Dummies could not be bothered with:

    Code Listing 3-5 (page 62)
    That code looks like it will compile and run but the output will not be what the book says. The good news is the error will be self explanatory and I don’t need to explain it. (in fact you’ll learn more if I don’t)

    Code Listing 3-6 (page 67)
    That code won’t even compile. (hint see first comment for the fix) Further, that code is actually the code that goes with example 3-7 so even if you fix the code the output will not match what they say it will.

    Code Listing 3-7 (page 68)
    That’s the code for page 67… so if you’re wondering why it didn’t work, that’s why.

    Did anybody even read this, much less edit it? And this is a 3rd edition!

    Typos are to be expected in life but this is a joke. I saw a few other typos in the text, at least one of them critical but I was not documenting them at the time.

    When I hit 3 critical typos in 3 code blocks I figured I’d warn my fellow Amazon peeps.

    The book gets 2 stars as of this review. The second star is only because it looks like there is some good stuff in there somewhere. I’ll update every 100 pages or so.Read more ›

  2. I use this book daily to refresh my C++ programming skills.
    I find it is well written, has ample illustrations and copious example projects.
    Moreover, one can obtain 3rd edition “extras” to really amp up your skills and refine your knowledge

    The Author has also provided me with answers whenever I needed any correspondence to explain the subtleties.
    I have used, in the past, Wrox and other sources in the past that did not delve into the minor points the way this book does for me.
    The beauty is this books really is 6 books in one and carries you from beginning to end so that by the time you finish you are much better skilled at programming.

    I took C, C++ programming and UNIX Systems Administration long ago and actually worked in the field but left it years ago. This book has brought me back up to speed and I feel really good about that. It will allow me to once again enter the field and earn a more healthy paycheck. Thank you John Paul Mueller for all your hard work to make this easy to read and understand for we readers/programmers.

  3. If I could leave this 0 stars I would. The directions for setting CodeBlocks up are very unclear. Once you do get it set up, 80% of the book is pointless filler that you have to sift through to find the few nuggets of actual programming related information. And that information is very poorly ordered and explained. Not to mention the tremendous amount of errors, many of which are in the code, which could leave a beginner extremely confused.

  4. Clear writing style is very helpful. I have many years of programming experience w/ Wirthian languages, but this is the first time I’m learning C++. Highly recommended.

  5. Best written book I ever bought. Very systematic with lot of examples that have consistent data content.

  6. Could I really give it less then one star I wish. Main reason the rating is so low because a lot of these c++ dummies books try to squeeze everything in 300 or 100o pages with the 6 in ones. I obtained a basic foundation. But the object oriented and many other sections of the book are not good. It’s riddled with complicated code that doesn’t get to the point of the lesson being thought. And more times you’re being lost trying to figure out their code and where in the code is the lesson. Also it’s filled with poor explanations and just shows a example leaving it with that’s the way it is result’s. I speak this for not only this book but all the c++ for Dummie’s book’s I’ve read. I was always told it’s a popular alternative for learning something but not for the people who need proper explanations.

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