Home > Store

C++ Without Fear: A Beginner's Guide That Makes You Feel Smart, 3rd Edition

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

C++ Without Fear: A Beginner's Guide That Makes You Feel Smart, 3rd Edition


  • Sorry, this book is no longer in print.
Not for Sale

eBook (Watermarked)

  • Your Price: $19.03
  • List Price: $23.79
  • Includes EPUB and PDF
  • About eBook Formats
  • This eBook includes the following formats, accessible from your Account page after purchase:

    ePub EPUB The open industry format known for its reflowable content and usability on supported mobile devices.

    Adobe Reader PDF The popular standard, used most often with the free Acrobat® Reader® software.

    This eBook requires no passwords or activation to read. We customize your eBook by discreetly watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours.



  • The classic tutorial that makes C++ fun and easy for complete novices to learn - now fully updated for the C++ 14 standard!
  • Attractive design, inviting graphics, and generous use of conceptual art - all designed to make C++ friendlier and easier for novices
  • Modularizes coverage of the new standard to maximize compatibility; most code examples work with both new and existing compilers
  • A consistently successful book, well positioned for the renewed interest in C++ that will come with the new standard


  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 624
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-431430-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-431430-3

Learning C++ Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult!

Have you ever wanted to learn programming? Have you ever wanted to learn the C++ language behind many of today’s hottest games, business programs, and even advanced spacecraft? C++ Without Fear, Third Edition, is the ideal way to get started. Now updated for the newest C++14 standard and the free Microsoft Visual C++ Community Edition, it will quickly make you productive with C++ even if you’ve never written a line of code!

Brian Overland has earned rave reviews for this book’s approach to teaching C++. He starts with short, simple examples you can easily enter and run. Within a couple of chapters, you’ll be creating useful utilities, playing games, and solving puzzles. Everything’s simplified to its essentials, patiently explained, and clearly illustrated with practical examples and exercises that help you make progress quickly.

Overland reveals the “whys” and “tricks” behind each C++ language feature. And you’ll never get bogged down in complex or pointless examples: He keeps you 100% focused on learning what works and what matters—while having fun!

This new and improved edition

  • Covers installing and using the free Microsoft Visual C++ Community Edition— but you can use any version of C++
  • Explains valuable improvements in the new C++14 standard
  • Modularizes C++14 coverage so it’s easy to write code that works with older versions
  • Teaches with even more puzzles, games, and relevant exercises
  • Offers more “why” and “how-to” coverage of object orientation, today’s #1 approach to programming
  • Presents more ways to use Standard Template Library (STL) code to save time and get more done
  • Contains an expanded reference section for all your day-to-day programming

Whether you want to learn C++ programming for pleasure or you’re considering a career in programming, this book is an outstanding choice.



Visit the following website for a free download of the Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015 compiler: https://www.visualstudio.com/vs-2015-product-editions.


Author's Site

Please visit the author's site here.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Start Using C++

Sample Pages

Download the sample pages (includes Chapter 1 and Index)

Table of Contents

Preface xxiii

Acknowledgments xxix

About the Author xxxi

Chapter 1: Start Using C++ 1

Install Microsoft Visual Studio 1

Create a Project with Microsoft 2

Writing a Program in Microsoft Visual Studio 5

Running a Program in Visual Studio 5

Compatibility Issue #1: stdafx.h 6

Compatibility Issue #2: Pausing the Screen 8

If You’re Not Using Microsoft 8

Advancing to the Next Print Line 12

Storing Data: C++ Variables 16

Introduction to Data Types 17

A Word about Variable Names and Keywords 26

Chapter 1 Summary 27

Chapter 2: Decisions, Decisions 29

But First, a Few Words about Data Types 29

Decision Making in Programs 31

Introducing Loops 39

True and False in C++ 46

The Increment Operator (++) 48

Statements versus Expressions 49

Introducing Boolean (Short-Circuit) Logic 51

Introducing the Math Library 55

Chapter 2 Summary 62

Chapter 3: And Even More Decisions! 65

The do-while Loop 65

Introducing Random Numbers 69

The switch-case Statement 77

Chapter 3 Summary 83

Chapter 4: The Handy, All-Purpose “for” Statement 85

Loops Used for Counting 85

Introducing the “for” Loop 86

A Wealth of Examples 88

Declaring Loop Variables “On the Fly” 92

Comparative Languages 101: The Basic “For” Statement 96

Chapter 4 Summary 97

Chapter 5: Functions: Many Are Called 99

The Concept of Function 99

The Basics of Using Functions 101

Local and Global Variables 109

Recursive Functions 112

Games and More Games 129

Chapter 5 Summary 131

Chapter 6: Arrays: All in a Row... 133

A First Look at C++ Arrays 133

Initializing Arrays 135

Zero-Based Indexing 135

Strings and Arrays of Strings 144

2-D Arrays: Into the Matrix 152

Chapter 6 Summary 153

Chapter 7: Pointers: Data by Location 155

What the Heck Is a Pointer, Anyway? 155

The Concept of Pointer 156

Declaring and Using Pointers 158

Data Flow in Functions 165

Swap: Another Function Using Pointers 165

Reference Arguments (&) 172

Pointer Arithmetic 173

Pointers and Array Processing 175

Chapter 7 Summary 180

Chapter 8: Strings: Analyzing the Text 181

Text Storage on the Computer 181

It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that String 183

String-Manipulation Functions 184

Reading String Input 190

Individual Characters versus Strings 197

The C++ String Class 201

Other Operations on the string Type 209

Chapter 8 Summary 210

Chapter 9: Files: Electronic Storage 213

Introducing File—Stream Objects 213

Text Files versus “Binary” Files 222

Introducing Binary Operations 225

Chapter 9 Summary 233

Chapter 10: Classes and Objects 237

OOP, My Code Is Showing 237

What’s an Object, Anyway? 238

Point: A Simple Class 241

Private: Members Only (Protecting the Data) 243

Introducing the Fraction Class 248

Inline Functions 251

Find the Greatest Common Factor 253

Find the Lowest Common Denominator 254

Chapter 10 Summary 267

Chapter 11: Constructors: If You Build It... 269

Introducing Constructors 269

Multiple Constructors (Overloading) 270

C++11/C++14 Only: Initializing Members 271

The Default Constructor—and a Warning 272

C++11/C++14 Only: Delegating Constructors 274

Reference Variables and Arguments (&) 281

The Copy Constructor 282

A Constructor from String to Fract 285

Chapter 11 Summary 286

Chapter 12: Two Complete OOP Examples 289

Dynamic Object Creation 289

Other Uses of new and delete 290

Blowin’ in the Wind: A Binary Tree App 291

The Bnode Class 294

The Btree Class 296

Tower of Hanoi, Animated 302

Chapter 12 Summary 311

Chapter 13: Easy Programming with STL 313

Introducing the List Template 313

Designing an RPN Calculator 323

Correct Interpretation of Angle Brackets 333

Chapter 13 Summary 333

Chapter 14: Object-Oriented Monty Hall 335

What’s the Deal? 335

TV Programming: “Good Deal, Bad Deal” 337

The Monty Hall Paradox, or What’s Behind the Door? 351

Improving the Prize Manager 353

Chapter 14 Summary 356

Chapter 15: Object-Oriented Poker 359

Winning in Vegas 359

How to Draw Cards 361

The Card Class 363

The Deck Class 364

Doing the Job with Algorithms 366

The Vector Template 371

Getting Nums from the Player 372

How to Evaluate Poker Hands 378

Chapter 15 Summary 387

Chapter 16: Polymorphic Poker 389

Multiple Decks 389

Switching Decks at Runtime 391

Polymorphism Is the Answer 392

“Pure Virtual” and Other Abstract Matters 401

Abstract Classes and Interfaces 402

Object Orientation and I/O 403

A Final Word (or Two) 410

An (Even More) Final Word 411

Chapter 16 Summary 412

Chapter 17: New Features of C++14 415

The Newest C++14 Features 415

Features Introduced in C++11 422

The long long Type 422

Range-Based “for” (For Each) 433

The auto and decltype Keywords 438

The nullptr Keyword 439

Strongly Typed Enumerations 440

Raw-String Literals 443

Chapter 17 Summary 444

Chapter 18: Operator Functions: Doing It with Class 447

Introducing Operator Functions 447

Operator Functions as Global Functions 450

Improve Efficiency with References 452

Working with Other Types 463

The Class Assignment Function (=) 463

The Test-for-Equality Function (==) 465

A Class “Print” Function 466

A Really Final Word (about Ops) 471

Chapter 18 Summary 472

Appendix A: Operators 475

The Scope (::) Operator 478

The sizeof Operator 478

Old- and New-Style Type Casts 479

Integer versus Floating-Point Division 480

Bitwise Operators (&, |, ^, ~, <<, and >>) 480

Conditional Operator 481

Assignment Operators 482

Join (,) Operator 482

Appendix B: Data Types 483

Precision of Data Types 484

Data Types of Numeric Literals 485

String Literals and Escape Sequences 486

Two’s-Complement Format for Signed Integers 487

Appendix C: Syntax Summary 491

Basic Expression Syntax 491

Basic Statement Syntax 492

Control Structures and Branch Statements 493

Variable Declarations 498

Function Declarations 500

Class Declarations 502

Enum Declarations 503

Appendix D: Preprocessor Directives 505

The #define Directive 505

The ## Operator (Concatenation) 507

The defined Function 507

The #elif Directive 507

The #endif Directive 508

The #error Directive 508

The #if Directive 508

The #ifdef Directive 509

The #ifndef Directive 510

The #include Directive 510

The #line Directive 511

The #undef Directive 511

Predefined Constants 512

Appendix E: ASCII Codes 513

Appendix F: Standard Library Functions 517

String (C-String) Functions 517

Data-Conversion Functions 518

Single-Character Functions 519

Math Functions 520

Randomization Functions 521

Time Functions 521

Formats for the strftime Function 523

Appendix G: I/O Stream Objects and Classes 525

Console Stream Objects 525

I/O Stream Manipulators 526

Input Stream Functions 528

Output Stream Functions 528

File I/O Functions 529

Appendix H: STL Classes and Objects 531

The STL String Class 531

The <bitset> Template 533

The <list> Template 534

The <vector> Template 536

The <stack> Template 538

Appendix I: Glossary of Terms 541

Index 559


Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020