C++ has been around for two decades and yet it has gone through significant changes through its evolution from its C roots to its current incarnation. It is still the most widely used and popular general purpose programming language. You Can Program in C++ is written to use any conforming implementation of C++. It ships with an open source, fully portable compiler and IDE for Windows and Linux. It makes extensive use of the author's graphics and audio library to motivate and inspire would-be C++ programmers.
Francis Glassborow was chairman of the ACCU (Association of C & C++ Users) and edited the groups' principle publication throughout the 90's. He has published reviews of most C++ books on the market but doesn't confine his wisdom nor interest just to this language. He was a regular columnist for .EXE. Until this year he chaired an annual Programmers conference that regularly attracts the heavy-weights in C++ as well as other languages. He heads the UK delegation to the ISO working group committees for C and C++ and is therefore considered to be one of the world's leading authorities. He is the originator of much of the material aimed at making C++ easier to learn in the next Standard. His first book, You Can Do It is a motivational book teaching basic programming constructs to people with no background. It published with Wiley in 2003.