(OT) C++ forums

H.S. hs.samix at gmail.com
Sun Mar 8 17:02:58 UTC 2009

Robert Parker wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 10:44 PM, H.S. <hs.samix at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sandy Harris wrote:
>>> Robert Parker <rlp1938 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> So far I am impressed but am rather new to C++ so could any of you
>>>> folk advise me about a good forum for my inevitable questions?
>>> comp.lang.c++ newsgroup
>>> http://www.parashift.com/c++-faq-lite/
>> Mind you, this is not for learning programming according to the C++
>> extremists there. The group is solely to discuss the C++ standard. If
>> one asks general programming questions there which deviate even slightly
>> from the C++ standard, he is flamed to cinders.
> I've been reading from the above link and from what I read your
> comment does seem to fit that scenario. So where should I go instead?

First, it is difficult for anything to replace a good text book on
programming in C++. The one you mentioned above is a reference and might
appear to be more concise than what is comfortable at the intro level.
Try consulting other books too which are a bit more explanatory.

Remember, there are three major aspects of programming. One is thinking
about the algorithm to be implemented. The other is the actual
implementation of that using the source code. Finally, to actually
realize that program, you need to compile it and run it.

So, see if there is newsgroup specifically for learning how to program
in C++. If not, I think there is a news group for algorithms (or is it
for general programming methodology, not sure). That could be a start,
but it is likely to be a lower traffic newsgroup and may contain traffic
for various programming languages as well.

The other choice is to try a linux newsgroup where spectrum of questions
includes how to use programming tools in Linux environment, if you can
frame it nicely, otherwise they will just try to push to the C++ group
(yes, this catch-22 situation happens).

There is also a newsgroup on numerical computation where numerical
algorithms are discussed.

For compiling and running part, I would just try any Linux distro group
("How do I compile this program that I wrote? Am I missing any libraries?").

So, basically, you have to try out a few things to settle on which best
suits you.

And, finally, refer google. There is tons of information on learning C++
on the web. Many places have this info in a very elegant manner which is
more or less unlikely to be found in anybody's comments to your posts on
any newsgroups.

If I were you, I would start by searching for "how to learn C++
programming" and similar keywords in google. Read up the few web pages
to get an idea of the general methodology, refer liberally to a text
book, do examples and post specific questions on mailing lists or
newsgroups as they come along.

Good luck.

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