What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

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What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby luiseduardo » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:28 pm

Hi ,

I'd like to buy a book of the C++ Builder. But I don't know what's the best book. And I'd like to buy in Amazon.com. And Anyone knows a great or the best C++ Builder book ?

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Postby 2ffat » Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:34 am

Most of the books I learned from are out of date and no longer in print, e.g., Borland C++ Builder: How-To by John Miano, Tom Cabanskit, and Harold Howe, C++ Builder 5 Developer's Guide and C++ Builder 6 Developer's Guide by various authors.

One that I really like and it is for generic C++ is Thinking in C++, 2nd edition (2 volumes) by Bruce Eckel. I've never read a more clearer explaination of C++.

Of course, C++Builder Developer's Journal has been extremely helpful. Most of the public articles are excellent starting articles even if they are a bit dated.
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Postby luiseduardo » Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:07 am

Yeah. C++ Builder How-To is a good bok, but is old.

And the examples is in C++ Builder 3 or 2.

Anyone knows the best book of the C++ Builder and work with C++ Builder 6 or 2006,2007,2009 ?

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Postby luiseduardo » Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:32 am

And How many MB or GB has bcbjournal CD 4.0 ?
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Postby Damon » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:14 pm

luiseduardo wrote:And How many MB or GB has bcbjournal CD 4.0 ?


The archive CD contains about 300 MB.

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Postby mhoemann » Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:13 pm

I loved C++ Builder How To. That was an excellent book that really should have been updated and stayed in circulation. Copies anymore are pretty hard to even find.
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Postby gtokas » Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:57 am

Since I have buyed EVERY book about C++ Builder over the years I think I may have an oppinion:
1. C++ Builder HOW TO: The best book to begin understand what is going on with win32 and VCL...
2. C++ Builder Unleashed series: By Clarlie Calvert and Kent Reisdorph. In depth analysis and evolution of the VCL over the years and versions 1, 3 and 4....
3. C++ Builder Developers Guide. Most based in articles found on this site since Damon and Malcolm participate...

And my oppinion:
The archive CD contains almost everything found on those books and more....
To begin with 2006,2007 and 2009 - in my oppinion of course - you have to know how things are made with previous versions and check the improvements... Most of the times those improvements made our programming life easier.

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P.S. There are more books of course but in my oppinion these are the most significant. The numbering doesn't mean and the order of significance. For me all 3 are equal and I choose chronological order.
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Re: What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby luiseduardo » Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:31 pm

I'd like to buy bcbjournal CD 4.0. But I have this question:

1 - I'm from Brazil. And if i'd like to buy the CD I need to download the cd or do you send me the CD ?

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Re: What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby HsiaLin » Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:15 pm

When will an updated CD be available?
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Re: What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby JmGV » Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:22 am

I have seen some books an at the end I bought this one:

C++ Builder 2006
Francisco Charte Ojeda

The original version is in spanish, but I thing you are from Argentina. So, it should not be a problem for you.

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Re: What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby sjohn » Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:49 am

The last version of C++ Builder is 6, and it is also available in less
expensive
versions like Pro.
I am sure this info can be found on the Borland pages, though.

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Re: What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby rlebeau » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:33 pm

sjohn wrote:The last version of C++ Builder is 6


I guess you have not been around for awhile. C++Builder was resurrected in C++Builder 2006, C++Builder 2010 is the current version, and C++Builder 2011 is in development.

sjohn wrote:I am sure this info can be found on the Borland pages, though.


Borland does not own C++Builder anymore. Borland created a separate company, CodeGear, to manage its IDE/compiler products, and then CodeGear was sold to Embarcadero.
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Re: What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby polardjohn » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:20 am

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Re: What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby Jan de Lange » Sat May 15, 2010 3:01 pm

I have just started with C++ having former experience with non-oop programming in turbo Pascal and Fortran mainly as part of my studies at the university in Delft (NL).

Since Delphi was the most likely successor with my Pascal experience, I bought the book Inside Delphi 2006 by Ivan Hladni. What attracted me to this book initially was that it showed me to do what I did before: running programs in a dos-box. Hladni also addresses C++ as there are many similarities, but the focus remains on Delphi.

Since most books on my subject of interest at the moment - AI, neural nets and genetic programming - are based on C and C++ (no, not using the Builder VCL unfortunately) , I have decided to use the same environment to start learning and programming C++ in a VCL environment.

Yet... there are very few C++ builder books on the bookshelf of the bookshops in Amsterdam. I did find a .pdf copy of most builder books on internet, but unlike Hladni, there are very few that take a beginner like me by the and and allow you to learn step-by-step.

In the Turbo Pascal era I used to dig through code from Borland and their graphic and numeric toolboxes. There are sample apps included with the RAD, but far more Delphi than C++ and like most examples on the net: they tend to address specific small details: how to do this or that. Seldom do I find useful source listings of complete programs that actually do something more than drawing a line or coloring a field.

Where are the books and sample programs that include, and combine building a GUI, file I/O, text and graphics output (e.g. graphs and charts) and some user input checking and error handling? This of course from very basic to more advanced. As an engineer I often need to read data (from a file) do some (complex) calculations and then output the results to screen and file. With AI and neural nets it's basically the same.

Wouldn't it be nice to start by taking apart such programs made by others and thus figure out how this is done? Copy, modify, paste and learn.

So I'd like to rephrase the subject to: "where are the best C++ builder books and sample programs for starters?"

I'm sure you know where they are!?

Jan

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Re: What's the best C++ Builder Book ?

Postby arisme » Mon May 17, 2010 9:24 am

Jan de Lange wrote:So I'd like to rephrase the subject to: "where are the best C++ builder books and sample programs for starters?"

I do not know the answer to that question - my impression is that the printed computer book market is either dead or nearly dead. Most software vendors seem to be relying on online Help and forums.

Jan de Lange wrote:Where are the books and sample programs that include, and combine building a GUI, file I/O, text and graphics output (e.g. graphs and charts) and some user input checking and error handling?

...I have decided to use the same environment to start learning and programming C++ in a VCL environment.

You will find the means to implement all the tasks that you have listed in C++Builder, and much more. The VCL is largely devoted to taking the donkey work out of programming, and leaving the programmer with more time to focus on design and implementation.

The only thing missing is the book that would usefully explain how to use it all.

I presume your .pdf list are all available (no printed versions, just the .pdf). If so, I would recommend a close look at "Programming Windows Games with Borland C++". The reason is that it should contain the specialised graphics algorithms and techniques that you might need to present some aspects of your neural nets on the screen.

C++Builder comes with a very flexible charting tool, and other graphics are easy. However, there sre no specialised components that will cover the needs of neural networks as such.

If "Borland C++Builder Unleashed" is the one by Charlie Calvert, I think you might find it useful. It does attempt to introduce the newcomer to the C++Builder environment. Although it is now several versions of C++Builder out of date, I think that by the time you have completed the book, you will have no trouble working in current versions of C++Builder.

I switched from engineering to computers and computing some decades ago. At that time it was easy to fill a bookshelf with all the literature you needed. A few years ago it became necessary to upgrade to the latest version of C++Builder (BDS 2006, at the time). I found just one printed book, and was not impressed enough to buy it.

So, I sympathise with your circumstances, and admire what I think may be a determination to win through despite the obstacles.

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