Trying to learn C++

So, I couldn’t think of a witty title. My Christmas break is dwelling heavily on my mind. 🙂 I’m looking forward to the break more than I realized. Well, I finally decided that I was going to quit kidding around and learn (or try to) a programming language. Back in my undergraduate years, I took 2 computer science classes (C++ and Java). I excelled at them, but at the time, I was preoccupied with graduating in time & I decided to drop that line of study for my eventual major, Biology. Well, I’ve always been interested in programming and I finally got a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional through the Microsoft Dreamspark program. I’ve also being doing a lot of ‘research’ online about key tools (books) to have in one’s arsenal. Obviously, I’ve gone without actual program for over 5 yrs. 🙂 I’m definitely a beginner in this field so I’m looking for b00ks geared towards beginners, but filled with sound programming principles & advice. Without further ado, here is a short list of books that are highly regarded for either beginners to programming or furthering one’s previous knowledge of programming.

ISBN Number
Last Released
Accelerated C++ Andrew Koenig and Barbara Moo 020170353X (ISBN-10)
978-0201703535 (ISBN-13)
August 2000
You Can Program in C++ Francis Glassborow 0470014687 (ISBN-10)
978-0470014684 (ISBN-13)
July 2006
The C++ Programming Language Bjarne Stroustrup 0-201-88954-4 (ISBN-10) 978-0201700732 (ISBN 13) February 2000
Effective C++ Scott Meyer 0321334876 (ISBN-10)
978-0321334879 (ISBN-13)
May 2005
Modern C++ Design Andrei Alexandrescu 0201704315 (ISBN-10) 978-0201704310 (ISBN-13) February 2001
C++ Without Fear Brian Overland 0321246950 (ISBN-10)
978-0321246950 (ISBN-13)
September 2004
C++ Primer Plus Stephen Prata 0672326973 (ISBN-10)
978-0672326974 (ISBN-13)
November 2004

I will make an effort to check out the local libraries to use their copies. If not, I’ll have to pony up the high price tag unless some loving soul on the intarwebs feels like lending me their copy. 🙂

Update (October 2009):
I purchased Ivor Horton’s “Beginning Visual C++ 2008” because it was geared specifically towards learning C++ through Visual Studio 2008. That way, there’ll be no issues of the book showing one picture and the program I’m using displaying another picture. Thanks to the little knowledge I’ve picked up from that book, I was able to help my husband, Matt, out with his Introduction to Visual Basic class. 😛