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Old Oct 4th, 2005, 12:11 AM   #1
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C++ Builder 6

Ok, I bought the Borland C++ Builder 6 book, and I was wondering if I could use this book and be able to apply this information to ANY C++ compiler? I am a complete noob at this and my Borland C++ Builder 6 registration didn't work. So just a yes or no answer will do fine, and perhaps a link for a book as to where I can learn C++ programming for any compiler (free, hopefully), thanks.
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Old Oct 4th, 2005, 1:06 AM   #2
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well, seeing as you put money into it and your registration "didn't work", i would pursue that via tech supprt channels. on the other hand, you can download dev-c++ from www.bloodshed.net. it's an excellent free c/c++ ide.
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Old Oct 4th, 2005, 4:04 AM   #3
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There is also Eclipse. It was mainly designed for Java, but there is also plugin for C++.
http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/index.php
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Old Oct 4th, 2005, 5:03 AM   #4
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Search for Bruce Ekkel's "Thinking In C++". It's available for free online.
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Old Oct 4th, 2005, 11:48 AM   #5
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For Bruce Ekkel's Thinking in C++, will I be able to use that knowledge to even has programming as a profession? Right now I am going to develop some indie games, and I need that practice for my future . Thanks for your help guys, I'll be sure to check out those compilers. Any good book references I should look at to learn as well? Thanks.
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Old Oct 4th, 2005, 11:58 AM   #6
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will I be able to use that knowledge to even has programming as a profession?
That depends on you. If you absorb the material well, then yes.
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Old Oct 4th, 2005, 11:58 AM   #7
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Bruce Eckel Free Book Link

Although many here have complained that they are too difficult for beginners (the complainers probably started with volume II ), I found them quite acceptable (and free ).
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Old Oct 5th, 2005, 1:59 PM   #8
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Ok, I bought the Borland C++ Builder 6 book, and I was wondering if I could use this book and be able to apply this information to ANY C++ compiler? I am a complete noob at this and my Borland C++ Builder 6 registration didn't work. So just a yes or no answer will do fine, and perhaps a link for a book as to where I can learn C++ programming for any compiler (free, hopefully), thanks.
Note that C++ Builder is a bit like Visual Basic. It helps you design GUIs and build pretty programs really fast (way better than VB too!) However, most books for C++ Builder really teach you to use C++ Builder and Windows API, not real C++ concepts. This is sort of like Visual Basic books that only teach you about VB, but very little about the BASIC language itself (yes, there are other types of BASIC, e.g. RealBASIC).

Also, C++ Builder has a number of non-standard extensions (for example: __finally and property keywords) that are heavily used by their environment. While it is great for Windows programming, it doesn't really port to any other development environment.

If you really want to learn C++, start with Dev C++ and learn how C++ works. Then, when you're ready, you can move to C++ Builder if you want to do some really nice Windows desktop applications.
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Old Oct 6th, 2005, 10:51 AM   #9
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Man, I can't thank you guys enough for your help, very nice of you all. I will try that Eckel's probably or Dev C++. Bye!
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I just found that book on my bookshelf. I don't recommend reading it. The best I've seen are the SAMS Teach Yourself in 21 Days. But that's just my opinion.
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