I am totally new to the programming world and looking for some direction. I have a strong background in math, statistics, and finance. I am quite familiar with Excel and STATA. Would any seasoned c++ programmer be able to give me some general infomation about the best way to start? I am looking to build a simple poker game for fun and apply c++ to financial modelling.
2) Don't start with MS Visual C++ 2010. You'll have to learn how to operate it as well as learning C++. I advise you to start with something much simpler. I advise you to start with the simplest; a text editor and a compiler, such that you have to call the compiler yourself at the command line.
Wow, I just started the process of ridding myself of VS and those were the two programs I picked.
I don't know much about MinGW at this point, but I've been using NotePad++ for a while. Notepad++ is very powerful, but it isn't in your face. I hear there is a way to link it directly to a compiler, but not too sure.