Learn C++ the quick, easy, and “lazy” way. This book is an introductory programming text that uses humor and fun to make you actually willing to read, and eager to do the projects — with the popular C++ language.
C++ for Lazy Programmers is a genuinely fun learning experience that will show you how to create programs in the C++ language. This book helps you learn the C++ language with a unique method that goes beyond syntax and how-to manuals and helps you understand how to be a productive programmer. It provides detailed help with both the Visual Studio and g++ compilers plus their debuggers, and includes the latest version of the language, C++17, too.
Along the way you’ll work through a number of labs: projects intended to stretch your abilities, test your new skills, and build confidence. You’ll go beyond the basics of the language and learn how build a fun C++ arcade game project. After reading and using this book, you’ll be ready for your first real-world C++ application or game project on your own.
What You Will Learn
- Program for the first time in C++ in a fun, quick and easy manner
- Discover the SDL graphics and gaming library
- Work with SSDL, the Simple SDLwrapper library
- Use the most common C++ compilers: Visual Studio, and g++ (with Unix or MinGW)
- Practice “anti-bugging” for easy fixes to common problems
- Work with the debugger
- Acquire examples-driven concepts and ideas
- Build a C++-based arcade game application
- Apply built-in Standard Template Library (STL) functions and classes for easy and efficient programming
- Dip your toe in C, C++’s ancestor, still extensively used in industry
- Use new C++11/14/17 features including lambda functions, constexpr, and smart pointers
Who This Book Is For
Those who are new to C++, either as a guide for self-learners or as an accessible textbook for students in college-level courses.