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Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours
by Rogers Cadenhead
Paperback: 461 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.07 x 9.11 x 7.40
ISBN: 0672320363; 2nd edition (November 2000)
From Book News, Inc.: Cadenhead (a programmer and writer) writes clearly and with great wit, as though he were interacting with a college pal, making this primer on Java 2 an enjoyable read. The goal is to teach programming to anyone with rudimentary computer skills, described as those who can produce a decent resume, or design a web page. The chapters, designed to take an hour each, lead the reader through the basics of programming, the use of graphical user interface, interactive web programs, and creating multimedia programs using color, sound, and animation.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Book Description: Revised and updated edition of the leading Java tutorial for beginners with no previous programming experience. The book's short, simple one-hour chapters are easy to understand and they carefully step the reader through the fundamentals of Java programming. This edition has been updated to cover the new Java SDK version 1.3. Readers love this book -- they say it explains Java better than any other book they've seen, and that it's very clear, well-written, and interesting to read. They even appreciate the author's somewhat unique sense of humor.
From the Back Cover: Revised and updated edition of the leading Java tutorial for beginners with no previous programming experience. The book's short, simple one-hour chapters are easy to understand and they carefully step the reader through the fundamentals of Java programming. This edition has been updated to cover the new Java SDK version 1.3. Readers love this book -- they say it explains Java better than any other book they've seen, and that it's very clear, well-written, and interesting to read. They even appreciate the author's somewhat unique sense of humor.
About the Author: Rogers Cadenhead is a writer, computer programmer, and Web developer. He is the author or co-author of several Internet-related books, including Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days, and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft FrontPage 2000 in 24 Hours. He also writes a question-and-answer trivia column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Knight-Ridder News Service, and New York Times Syndicate.
Tough Call, July 7, 2000
Reviewer: gunn11 from Troy, MI United States
Java is not an easy language to learn which is why I believe some folks have chosen to give it a low mark. I didn't find any errors in this book which is refreshing after reading SQL in 24 hours (Bad Book). I didn't however run very much of the code in the book but I did examine most of the code thoroughly and didn't find anything major. The reason I didn't run the examples is that I started with much more advanced books and got knocked back. So I picked this one up and it helped me out quite a bit, in understanding concepts and understanding the classes included in the jdk. The book is written on a very personal level which I liked a lot and I thought the author was funny.
The book does get much more advanced starting in chapter 10, though this is just a part of learning java. The only reason that I didn't give this book a 5 is that author fails to completely explain a few of the examples in the book. This just made me read the examples over and over again until I understood them. Good learning tool. I would definetly not suggest reading Java 2 in 21 days after a book like this, I would go with Beginning Java 2 by Ivor Horton, which is an excellent book but I wouldn't start with Ivor's book, if your knowledge about java=0.
Great for beginners., May 4, 2001
Reviewer: Mark Williams from Goodman, MS United States
I bought this book to help with a Computer Science course that I was taking in college. I needed something quick and easy to read, and this one is both. The lessons are very basic, and I think this is a great book for any beginner who wants to know a little bit about the language. The chapters are well-organized, and you can find practially any topic you want in a matter of minutes.
The bad thing about this book is that it only covers basic Java programming, so it didn't help very much when I had to write advanced programs in my class. I would recommend you find something a little more advanced than this if you need help with your programming labs.
This is a very good book for the new programmers, February 26, 2002
Reviewer: Mishari I AL-Jaser from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia "Riyadh"
I start programming in C then C++, when I removed from C language to C++ I got a 3 hours lecture then I bought a huge book about C++ as a reference. But when I start in Java I couldn't get a lecture on it so I tried to find a small book to teach me the basics of the Java, so I bought this book.
This book is good you can finish it in seven or eight days it gives you the basics that you looking for. But the problem of this book is, it's start from Zero. He takes a lot of time and paper to teach you what is the meaning of program, compiler and interpreter, then he takes more time to teach you the "meaning" of int, float, string, array, etc.... After that he takes 3 chapters about the OOP most of the contents of these chapters gives the meaning of OO, which every C++ programmer know these things.
So in my opinion if you are a C++ programmer and you can find someone who can gives you a lesson on Java it is better than reading this book
Finally this book gives you just the basics so if you want to be a professional in Java you need other books.
Fun But Not About Programming, December 22, 2001
Reviewer: DAVID R DULL from San Francisco, CA United States
While I enjoyed the book, I was left with the feeling that this was a regimen of programming by example, and that the more structured thought processes necessary for design did not come through. Although there were some pointers to places where students could find out more about Java, the principles themselves were not explained. The best a beginner could expect upon finishing this book would be to replicate the examples and to move on to further reading. The book did tell me what Swing and Java Beans were, but the distinction between a class and an object were never made clear. The choice of different approaches was not explained, and there was no walk-through to show the students how to use the references. Finally, Rogers Cadenhead's humor was a little too salty and impish, and used too many idioms, for an academic class presented in California. This dismayed me a bit, because the range of topics he covered were perfect for an introductory course in extended education.
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