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Hi Friends.

I want to learn Visual C++ and Visual C# .

Can you guide me how I start that . I know a little about them !

and some times i can change other person programs so the program do my work !

Which book or website you advise me ?

I really like to learn them !

Do you advise me to learn Turbo C++ first ?

Thank you !
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 24-Apr-12 15:29pm
Well, I see no sense in learning Turbo C++ first. Why?
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Solution 1

Start with this[^] and then find other tutorials.
Espen Harlinn 24-Apr-12 15:50pm
Nice link :-D
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Solution 2

I would start with Visual C++ 2010 Express[^]

You can start by learning C++ or you can start by learning C#. If you start by learning C++, which by the way is a bit harder, I think you will have the chance to become a better developer.

Best regards
Espen Harlinn
CPallini 25-Apr-12 16:12pm
Shush, don't tell that to C# folks!
Espen Harlinn 25-Apr-12 16:18pm
I don't think it should surprise anybody that I prefer c++
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Solution 4

I won't comment on C#, I don't feel qualified to comment on it. However I need a rant first, Please excuse me...

You don't learn "Visual C++". If you ask someone if they "know" VC++ you're a recruitment consultant, not someone that knows what they're talking about. VC++ is just a set of tools you use for writing programs in C++. Saying you "know" VC++ is like saying you "know" how to drive a Ford Focus as a special skill - you know how to drive and the Focus is the tool you use to do it. And you know where the hazard lights are.

Now I've got that off my chest, learning C++.

There are two things you need - one is how to program in a computer language (hard bit), the other is learning how to use the tools (easy bit). If you do want to learn C++ it's probably a good idea to practise using a couple of sets of tools, pick another tool set aside from VC++ - e.g. mingw.

So how do you learn C++? Many years ago, when the world was young and dinosaurs stalked the Earth, I taught myself C++ from a variety of books and practising. It was a nightmare. There weren't any good books. These days there are two:

- "Accelerated C++" by Kernig and Moo. This is great if you already know a programming language and a bit about computer science and software engineering. It's actually a very quick read but a long study.

- "Programming -- Principles and Practice Using C++" by Stroustrup. This is great if you've never programmed before. It's very lucid, very complete but a bit dry in places. Having said that when I read it a couple of years ago it taught me things and I've been using the language for ~mumble mumble~ 21 ~cough cough~ years now.

Much as I respect CPallini on a lot of things he's dead wrong about one thing: it's not worth learning C first (there you go, that's the strong dispute he mentioned). If anything knowing C will give you loads of reflexes (pointers, manually managing resources) that are at best pointless and at worst reduce the safety of code you write in C++. And more importantly you'll miss all the very high level bits that make C++ such an excellent language to program in.

Another thing I'd suggest is trying to learn another programming language that's completely unrelated. This will stop you getting into the whole "C++ is the only programming language, why do I need anything else?" mode that I end up in so often. Try Haskell or Python as they're different mindsets to C++ or any of the Algol languages.


- Go learn C++ as well as you can. It's a big language and the more you learn you more you'll realise you don't know
- Practise writing programs
- Use a couple of toolsets to do it
- Learn another unrelated language

And if it's not fun, don't do it. There's nothing worse than working with a programmer just there for the money. Don't be that person.


Mohamed Mitwalli 25-Apr-12 4:55am
my 5+
Aescleal 25-Apr-12 10:41am
Thank you!
Mohamed Mitwalli 25-Apr-12 15:06pm
Your welcome
Espen Harlinn 25-Apr-12 16:14pm
5'ed! But, starting out with Visual C++ is quite different from starting out with MinGW or Embarcadero C++Builder.
Aescleal 26-Apr-12 5:26am
I would agree they're completely different experiences which is why I suggested MinGW as a second compiler. I can't comment on C++ builder as the last product I used in that line was Turbo C back in about 1991.

What I'm trying to do is get the questioner to not get too tied into a particular mind-set. I am when it comes to programming languages which is why I keep learning new ones, to try and break my C++ uber alles attitude. I think if I'd done that earlier I'd be a far better programmer today.

So it's a case of "Do what I say, not what I did" :-)
Espen Harlinn 26-Apr-12 5:42am
I think that out of the box C++ Builder is currently the most useful IDE for a novice developer in that you don't have to break your back creating your first programs.

"to try and break my C++ uber alles attitude" - Why should you? I can't think of any other more suitable language - what we lack is standard frameworks and libraries.

Mohibur Rashid 25-Apr-12 21:13pm
Great piece of writing. +5
but for a beginner programmer, dont you want to suggest a tool where learner can focus more on learning c++? I don't know MinGW but I know with Turbo C++ programmer does not need to focus on the critical issues with using the tool.

And again, good lecture :)
Aescleal 26-Apr-12 5:26am
Thank you!
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Solution 3

My opinions:
  • Don't learn Turbo C++. As already noted, learning it (today) does not make sense.
  • Learning either C++ or C# requires a relatively big effort. At first, I would focus on one of them.
  • If you prefer code development speed over raw application performance then choose C#. Viceversa if execution speed really matters then choose C++.
  • (Very, very personal, disputed opinion) learn C before C++.
  • Usually I read a book in order to learn a programming language (CodeProject has a list of "Useful Reference Books"[^]).
    lewax00 24-Apr-12 15:59pm
    I agree 100% on using books. That's how I got started.
    nv3 24-Apr-12 16:03pm
    My 5! Very good advice.
    SASS_Shooter 24-Apr-12 17:49pm
    Yes -- read books, and also get the Express version of C# and then write code for small projects to help speed up your learning. That way you can try "what if I change this command....." and you will find out right away what happens.
    Espen Harlinn 25-Apr-12 16:02pm
    My 5 as usual :-)
    CPallini 25-Apr-12 16:10pm
    Thank you.
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    Solution 5

    My opinion is to learn C# first, C# got more functionality than C++ and way easier. When you're done learning it, you can learn the C++ programming language.

    If you want to learn C# by yourself, check out thenewboston's playlist on C# programming: or check out the Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform plus the MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) resources:
    Mohd Imran Saifi 28-Apr-12 6:42am
    i Think That's Right
    I you learn all the oops concepts and c language, then learn Visual C# and then after learn Visual C++, because after that it will be easier for you to understand.

    This content, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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