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Introduction to Java Programming with JBuilder 4/5/6/7 (2nd Edition)
by Y. Daniel Liang
Paperback: 976 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0130333646; 2nd edition (July 23, 2001)
From Book News, Inc.: The new edition contains an expansion of the object-oriented programming chapters, a new chapter on Java collections framework, and now employs UML graphical notation. Liang (computer science, Armstrong Atlantic State U.) has designed the book for either two- semester freshman programming courses or a one-semester course for experienced programmers learning a second language. The chapters include representative examples for each concept, with source code, sample run, and an example review. This text covers all the material required on the Level 1 Java certification exam.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
From the Back Cover: This revision of a best seller covers Java 2-the newest version of the Java programming language- principles of programming, and core Java features. The book includes all the subjects required in the Level 1 Java Certification Exam. The book is aided by Borland®'s JBuilder which can help readers not only develop Java programs more productively, but also learn Java programming more effectively. JBuilder 4 is introduced throughout the book, making learning of JBuilder easy, because the new features of JBuilder are covered in relation to the topics in each chapter. A CD-ROM with each copy of the book includes source code and JBuilder 4 Foundation Software. A step-by-step approach first lays a sound foundation on programming elements, control statements, and methods; then introduces object-oriented programming; moves on to graphics programming; and concludes with advanced features that enable readers to develop comprehensive programs. Expansion of Part II provides a more in-depth introduction to object-oriented programming and design. Topics such as arrays, inheritance, Swing graphics programming, exception handling, internationalization, multithreading, multimedia, I/O, and Java data are featured. For reference use by those in computer science, engineering and business careers who want to learn Java programming with JBuilder.
Good Textbook, March 14, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from A Student from CA
I took a course using this book. The book is easy to read and has a lot of short and good examples. I did not have any programming background before taking the course. I feel I learned a lot from the book.
Excellent Java Text!, March 4, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Frankfurt, Germany
This is one of the best Java texts I have come across, and being a computer scientist myself, I have seen many. If you truly want to learn the concepts of Java programming, by means of well-chosen, hands-on examples, and from an excellent teacher and explainer to boot, then this is the book for you. A special forte of this very readable text is the balance the author strikes between explaining object-oriented principles on the one hand and imparting practical programming and software-engineering knowledge on the other.
But the greatest plus of this book are the numerous brief programming examples that serve to elucidate salient points. There are literally hundreds of them, often just a few lines of Java code that illustrate some "popular" mistake, or some important feature of the language. Like a good coach, the author guides the reader's training by means of these exercises; he also knows exactly where the pitfalls are, and shows how to avoid them.
Two caveats. First, this book covers Java up to the Level 1 Java certification exam. If you are looking for JDBC database programming, you won't find it here. Second, the title of the book may be slightly misleading insofar as you will find JBuilder explained well, but only to the degree needed to program the examples of the book. A deeper explanation of JBuilder along with Java database programming and other advanced concepts may be found in the same author's book, "Rapid Java Application Development using JBuilder" (but read this one first).
To sum up, this book deserves its popularity as a great Java text in its own right. It will be useful to all those who are serious about learning Java programming, whether they intend to use JBuilder or not.
More than just an "Introduction", February 3, 2002
Reviewer: rickdwyerorlando from Orlando, FL United States
JBuilder is, at least for me, a GUI based deveopment tool. For the most part the focus of this book is on the actual code rather than the GUI interfaces that are the strength of JBuilder.
The book provided a wealth of programming insight, but missed the mark relative to providing an Introduction to JBuilder based on the strength of its GUI development environment.
Good college CS book, December 16, 2001
Reviewer: Timothy Graves from College Station, TX USA
I believe that this is a good Java book. I am not a beginner programmer so i can not comment on the useability of it for the beginner but all in all it is a ok book.
I find that the part of the book describing classes and how to create them worthless.
I also found more errors in the book than I hoped to have found. Most of the errors were in the programming exercises at the end of a chapter. If there were in the chapter (how the code works...) then I wouldn't know since this was my only source of knowlede of Java other than the web.
I believe that this book is a little over proced for the knowledge that it conveyed. But if it is required for you CS (Computer Science) course get the book and suplement it with http://java.sun.com . It has a wealth of knowledge. All of Java's core classes are described there and their usage.
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