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Java for the World Wide Web Visual Quickstart Guide
by Dori Smith
Paperback: 300 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.71 x 8.98 x 7.00
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN: 0201748649; 2 edition (February 21, 2002)
Book Description: Visual QuickStart Guides are rapidly becoming the easiest, clearest and most sought-after titles for learning complex new Internet technologies. Even a quick glance at web design sites for the non-programmer (like C|net's Content Builder) shows that designers, graphic artists and content-creators want to use Java. The web is filled with content creators who have used a pre-built Java app., and probably not been 100% satisfied with the results. With just enough Java to get going doing something useful, a strict focus on visual Java (meaning using Java to make interface elements for web pages), and a quality guarantee that the Java in this book will work in most - if not all - web browsers, Java for the World Wide Web:Visual QuickStart Guide is sure to be an indispensable guide to the decade's most important new programming language for the web scripter.
Ingram: This "Visual QuickStart's" award-winning format and information presentation make learning Java easier for the visual thinker and non-programmer. The book contains everyday tasks and is not filled with background information that readers won't use.
In time-tested Visual QuickStart style, the book doesn't just tell you how to program Java applications for the Web--it shows you, breaking the world of Java into step-by-step tasks and providing the code behind the examples. Thanks to the straightforward, task-based format, you can learn what you need to know, when you need to know it. Java newbies can work from cover to cover; more seasoned programmers can use the page tabs to go straight to a specific topic. The author of the original edition of this book has completely revised it for Java 2, including four new chapters on debugging, Swing, servlets, and writing a news ticker. You'll soon find out for yourself why Internet programmers love this cross-platform language.
About the Author: Dori Smith has been programming for over 20 years. As a partner in Chalcedony Consulting, she does programming, training, writing, and Web design. You can find out more about her at her personal site. Dori is also a contributing editor for NetProfessional magazine, is on their advisory board, and is a member of the Web Standards Project Steering Committee.
Excellent "Get Started" Guide, January 23, 1999
Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org from Seattle, WA
This book does a great job for the first time Java programmer. It's easy to read, Smith has a sense of humor, and she's squeezed in about as much detail as possible while still keeping the book readable in a few sittings. Beware she covers only Java 1.0 and this book is NOT a comprehensive reference but neither should be a problem if your goal is to learn the language from scratch. Smith makes a good argument for sticking to 1.0 for the time being. The book is particularly well suited to HTML programmers looking to use Java applets on their pages. It's also reasonably priced and doesn't resemble a phone book in either size or style--both refreshingly unusual in this genre.
Nice Try., December 10, 1999
Reviewer: Brian Donnelly from Portland, OR USA
I have to say that I am a big fan of Dori Smith and the line of very well done books that go with the name, but "Java, a quick start guide?" Pretty much like saying "Heart Surgery, a quick start guide." This is a good book if you are using a few Java scripts on your website and but don't care about the language or how to program with it. Java goes much deeper than this and even the beginner may get some use out of this book but mostlikely will not learn much. Java is a key word now and this looks like an attempt to cash in on the market. I would also avoid books that say things like "C++ in twenty four hours!"
Good Introduction to the Extreme Basics, May 25, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Boulder, CO USA
I didn't know anything about Java when I started reading this book, but I already had some experience with object-oriented programming. I bought this because it seemed like a pretty easy-going book, especially after trying to get started with "Learning Java" from O'Reilly. The main plus for this book is that it is extremely easy to follow. All steps are explained and you can build up simple programs of your own pretty quickly. It's also useful as a basic reference for writing GUIs in Java.
However, this book does not cover a lot of material. For example, anything that isn't directly related to building a GUI. The only topics are the few basic classes, functions, operators, etc. that you need to make check boxes, etc. If you buy this book, you will still need another reference to learn the rest of Java.
I gave this four stars since I believe it does what it set out to do although I would've preferred a more comprehensive book.
A waste of money, November 5, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Fremont, CA United States
This book is a aimed at the terminally retarded. The simplicity of this book is beyond belief. The worst part is that in an effort to be ultra-simple, the author is just flat wrong. Anyone who can't explain the difference between a class and an object should not be allowed to write a book on java. This book is a total waste of money.
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