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Old 05-02-2009, 11:49 PM   #1
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Hi, I want to start learning game programming in c++ and i want to know if anyone can suggest any good books about beginning c++ and using it in game programming. be welcome to submit any other books i should read when my programming skills become a little better.

I have found one book called "beginning c++ through game programming" does anyone know if it's useful or not?
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:39 AM   #2
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I don't think you have any custom books for making games with C++. The way it usually works is, you learn how to program in a particular language and then you apply your knowledge in making a simple game. You then proceed to make a more complex game and in turn you keep learning more.

For the choice of book, in my experience, it depends from person to person. Though, I'd recommend Thinking in C++ by bruce eckel. You can read it online too. Also, I used this book: Object oriented programming in C++ by robert lafore

Hope this helps and best of luck with game programming!
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:01 AM   #3
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Beginning C++ through Game Programming is considered to be decent. IIRC, it will take you as far as text based games like Hangman and the such.

There is a book list in my signature.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:27 PM   #4
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thanks for the information
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:01 AM   #5
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http://www.cprogramming.com/tutorial.html#c++tutorial

Here you go. If you know nothing about programming, this site has sections to tell you the basics of programming.

It also has pages to recommend books and why they are recommended. As well as books that aren't recommended. G'luck
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:14 PM   #6
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I'd definitely check out "Tricks of the Game programming Gurus" if I were you. It's one of the few books I'd recommend to a beginner because it's written in a way that's fun to read from start to finish instead of the "reference" style. I don't know if it goes by a new name now or if there are any new editions, but the techniques are still relevant to today. I go back to my copy every now and then for tips, refresher, and etc. (If you saw my copy, you'd know how much I use it )
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:55 PM   #7
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Tricks of the Game Programming Gurus is not a beginners book. It is aimed for programmers with previous experience.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:50 PM   #8
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And as can almost be derived from Yaustars post:
"Using tricks is a horrible thing if you don't know how to perform something without them, or even worse, if you dont know why you are doing them in the first place.".
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:57 AM   #9
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I guess it depends on your definition of a beginner, but I started out using Tricks and it worked out for me. I tend to pick up things really fast, so it could be a different experience for rabidmidget. I also assumed he knows C/C++, but is trying to apply it to game programming. If this isn't the case, please disregard my post.
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Quote:
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I guess it depends on your definition of a beginner
Hasn't programmed before.
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