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Want to learn to code? Want to learn C++? Struggling to follow your lecturer or books and tutorials written for experts?

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As a professional C++ developer and former Harvard teaching fellow, I know what you need to know to be a great C++ programmer, and I know how to teach it, one step at a time. I know where people struggle, and how to overcome it. I cover every step of the programming process, including:

  • Getting the tools you need to program and how to use them
  • Basic language features like variables, loops and functions
  • How to go from an idea to code
  • A clear, understandable explanation of pointers
  • Strings, file IO, arrays, references
  • Classes, object oriented programming, and advanced class design
  • Data structures and the standard template library (STL)

Key concepts are reinforced with quizzes and over 75 practice problems. You'll also get over 70 sample source code files to use or adapt. The Jumping into C++ ebook is backed by a 60 day money back guarantee and is available in PDF format for you to download instantly.

If you're just starting out...

I wrote Jumping into C++ to be the best introduction to C++, taking nothing for granted. Jumping into C++ starts by taking you step-by-step through getting the tools you need, including access to free compiler software and building and running your first program, all in the first chapter. You'll learn the same concepts that you would if you took a programming class, plus you'll get a ton of additional information on how to design and implement more advanced programs. I'll even guide you through how to use a debugger, with four sample debugging sessions that will show you the techniques and tricks you'll need to quickly make your programs work correctly.

If you're a student...

Jumping into C++ is a great companion book to an intro C++ class. Drawing from my years as a teaching fellow at Harvard, Jumping into C++ covers all the topics you'll hear about in lecture: intro to C++, loops, functions, pointers, linked lists, binary trees and gives you in depth explanations for all of them.

Don't struggle trying to figure out how to write your homework problem sets--in this book, you will get tips on writing and designing programs with examples worked through.

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Jumping into C++ goes beyond the basics, covering advanced concepts like class design, binary trees, exception handling, and binary file IO. If you've learned some of the basics but want to really expand your knowledge, Jumping into C++ is for you. Moreover, since I've designed the book to provide thorough coverage of most topics, you'll solidify your foundation.

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Frequently asked questions

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Why does the edition of Jumping into C++ on Amazon have a different page count than the ebook available on

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Where can I download the sample source code that comes with the book?

The sample source code is packaged with the ebook, but if you lost the source code, or bought the hard copy version, you can download the source code here.

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Alex Allain is a professional C++ software developer and was twice recognized as one of the top two Teaching Fellows in Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He helped teach both of Harvard's first two introductory computer science courses, focusing on C, C++ and Scheme.