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best way to learn C++?
« on: November 04, 2011, 09:23:38 pm »
Well, It's time I learn something valuable in life a little early.. C++! So I found out that one of my friends is making this game with like 3 or so other people and i wanted to help him out.

So, what is the best online tutorial that will help me to learn this language? Also what IDE is the best one? What do I need to download to get started making my first programs?

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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2011, 10:01:16 pm »
I suggest cplusplus and learncpp. I'm not a master of the language, but I'm using those two to learn it, and I'm using Code::Blocks as my IDE. If you go with Code::Blocks, I think you only need to download that to get started. cplusplus has a PDF of their tutorial that you can download for offline learning, if you wanted though.
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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2011, 10:22:00 pm »
cplusplus is probably the best tutorial out there. For an IDE I use code::blocks with MinGW included in the install. :D

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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2011, 09:23:50 am »
thank you! Tomorrow i'll probably start on it.

Also, what about tutorials as far as direct3d 9/10/11? Which tutorials are the best ones for that? The reason I wanted to learn about C++ is to work with direct x
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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2011, 09:44:08 am »
Just download the DirectX SDK, and open the samples and test things out. The included documentation also helps you quite a bit when looking through the samples (start with the tutorials)
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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2011, 09:46:46 am »
ok, thanks! I'll look into it after i learn c++ first tho
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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2011, 10:33:02 am »
Just a forewarning, DirectX and OpenGL are highly complex libraries. You may want to start out with something like Ogre3D or the like to learn the basics of 3D Graphics.

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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2011, 11:19:24 am »
I also don't recommend DirectX because it's a Microsoft library that only works on Windows. OpenGL is a far better choice, due to having the same power and being cross-platform ;)

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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2011, 11:21:29 am »
For a tutorial, I used LearnCpp.

For an IDE I used Visual Studio. Visual Studio works great if you are only going to develop for windows, if you are going to develop for other platforms, then code::blocks is probably your best bet. (Ha, now you can't yell at me)
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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2011, 11:44:43 am »
For a tutorial, I used LearnCpp.

For an IDE I used Visual Studio. Visual Studio works great if you are only going to develop for windows, if you are going to develop for other platforms, then code::blocks is probably your best bet. (Ha, now you can't yell at me)

As soon as I saw you replied I thought "Brace yourself, he just recommend Visual Studio!". But this time you did it well.

Another advantage of Code::Blocks is if you use it on Windows, and then have to use Linux or Mac for something else, then you are accustomed to the IDE already ;)

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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2011, 12:18:41 pm »
No troll, but, the best IDE ever is emacs or vlm.

Using all this kind of IDE makes you forget what you're doing.
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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2011, 12:35:26 pm »
Whatever you use, don't forget to ask questions here if you need help on something. :D (Answering C++ questions makes me feel useful here, lol) :P

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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2011, 08:53:31 pm »
ephan, problem is, is that my friend is working on a game that uses direct x 9. Also i like direct x. A lot. lol

Ok another question:

how would I make a multi-core "hello world" program?

For example, I would want 1st core to print "Core 1 says Hello world!"
2nd core would print "Core 2 says hello world!"

and etc, all of which is printing out to the console (command prompt i thin)
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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2011, 10:06:44 pm »
To do something like that, you would need to make multiple threads. I'm using Linux nowadays, so I would recommend the pthread library. I'm pretty sure VS has it, and I know Code Blocks has it. Just include pthread.h. Look on Wikipedia for some quick example code.
Also, you can't force the program to make a thread run on a specific core. You just have to trust that it will do it's job (the same goes for all threading libraries).
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Re: best way to learn C++?
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2011, 10:12:21 pm »
Cplusplus is actually used by my high school.

And with more complex threading, you have to keep in mind certain timing issues, such as that sometimes (not usually) core 2 responds first, which could really screw with you in some situations.
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