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Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours, Third Edition by Jesse Liberty

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Why C++ Is the Right Choice

C++ is the development language of choice for the majority of professional programmers because it offers fast, small programs developed in a robust and portable environment. Today's C++ tools make creating complex and powerful commercial applications a pretty straightforward exercise, but to get the most out of C++ you need to learn quite a bit about this powerful language.

C++ is a relatively new language. Of course, programming itself is only about 40 years old. During that time, computer languages have undergone a dramatic evolution.

Early on, programmers worked with the most primitive computer instructions: machine language. These instructions were represented by long strings of ones and zeroes. Soon, assemblers ...

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