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Java Programming : The Easy Way (Easy Way Way Series)
by Douglas A. Downing
Paperback: 366 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 10.92 x 7.84
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series
ISBN: 0764107526; Bk&Cd-Rom edition (April 1999)
Book News, Inc.: Downing (economics, Seattle Pacific University) focuses on practical programs that are easy to write, modify, and use. The CD-ROM contains Java Development Kit 1.2, a Java code generator program, and sample programs from the book. -- Copyright © 1999 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR All rights reserved
Book Description: Java is full of different options. It can be very confusing while you are first learning the language if all of the options are placed in front of you at once. This book follows a careful sequence of presenting information. Not all of the options are presented to you at the beginning. The focus is on practical programs that you can quickly learn how to write, modify, and use. In particular, abstract concepts come later, after you have experience with some basic building blocks.
The book includes many exercises that give suggested computer programming applications. The exercises near the beginning of the book ask you to write short programs. Suggested answers to many of these exercises are on the disc accompanying the book.
The disc contains the Java 2 Software Development Kit version 1.2 (Java SDK), which is provided free by Sun Microsystems. The disc also contains the source code for the example programs in this book along with some other examples.
Ingram: With practical, hands-on instruction, this book teaches Java to people who are relatively new to programming in C++.
just amazing book, March 1, 2001
Reviewer: Amy from Toronto Canada
I am taking computer science at university. Because it was my first time to program in Java, it was very hard to understand the subject and was very confusing. The textbook didnt help me either because it was written very hard. After I read this book, everything became so clear and I got so muvch confident in programing in java. I really think this book can help someone who doesn't have background in computer programing.
starts well, then walks off a cliff, May 6, 2000
Reviewer: Mark Stewart from Hawaii
The beginning of the book is a good intro for those who have never, ever programmed before, but it steadily loses value after that. By the time you get to windows programming with AWT (halfway through the book) the author has apparently lost interest in instructing on the subject of Java and decided to do many other, irrelevant things instead (he prefers to discuss algebraic equations, code generators, and "outline code" rather than how to create buttons and other controls and setup their actions in response to events. He uses his code generator to gloss over these details to free up room for his own meandering babble). Get another book or use the free instructional material at Sun Microsystems' java.sun.com website.
shallow and illogical, February 16, 2000
Reviewer: Mehran Mehryar from Virginia, USA
I bought the book recently since I want to learn Java. The title and other good reviews led me to buy it. It has some useful stuff in there. But for the most part it is too shallow and does not explain the most important fundamentals well. I advise you to go buy another stronger book.
Very good introductory book, August 8, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Calgary, Alberta
This book is very good for beginners: it is short (300 pages or so), inexpensive, and goes through all the basics of the Java language.
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