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Learn Java by Association with C Cobol Fortran Pascal Visual Basic

Learn Java by Association with C Cobol Fortran Pascal Visual Basic
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Learn Java by Association with C Cobol Fortran Pascal Visual Basic
by Dedhia Dilip, Dilip Dedhia

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Engineering Mechanics Technology, Inc.
ISBN: 0967946905; (April 15, 2000)

Book Description: This book is for anyone who knows C, Fortran, Cobol, Pascal or Visual Basic and wants to quickly learn Java.

When trying to learn a new programming language like Java you will often say to yourself "Gee, I know how to do that in Pascal", or whatever language you are currently fluent in, "but I wish I knew how to do that in Java". This book is an answer to that wish. If you know how to accomplish a task in knows C, Fortran, Cobol, Pascal or Visual Basic you can look that construct up in the book, and study the solution until you understand the way it works; then, look to the right to find the equivalent construct in Java. By comparing the two and studying any notes that may be included, you should be able to make any changes necessary to adapt the construct to your particular needs.

The book is setup like a dictionary but is much more than a dictionary. Like a dictionary it helps you with the translation of words (syntax), in addition, it also tells you how you build "sentences" in various programming languages.

From the Publisher: The book also contains a CD with the following contents:
• JDK 1.2.2
• JDK Documentation
• TextPad Editor
• Adobe Acrobat Reader
• IBM VisualAge for Java Entry Edition
• Thinking in Java, First Edition by Bruce Eckel
• Thinking in Java, Second Edition by Bruce Eckel
• Java Coding Conventions Document
• Java Language Environment White Paper
• Source Code for the book

About the Author: Dilip Dedhia is an instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension in Santa Clara. He has been programming for 20 years and has been teaching Java and Visual Basic since 1995. He is also President of Engineering Mechanics Technology, Inc., and holds a Ph.D. from Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology (1980).

Customer Reviews
Learn Java no, Translate Code Yes, July 19, 2000
Reviewer: jzukowski from Boston

I found this book an interesting attempt to teach the Java language to those developers who know C, COBOL, Fortran, Pascal, and Visual Basic.

With little text to explain anything, what you find is a guide that shows how to do 50 things in six different languages. So, if you are trying to go from say COBOL or FORTRAN to Java, 80% of the book is of no use, as that percent of the book shows you how to do things in the "other" languages.

While I can't vouch for the code in the languages other than Java, the Java code looks to be well written and correct. You'll find examples of doing things like getting the date, working with math functions, or dealing with arrays.

The way I see the book is if you are trying to translate code from another language, this book would help as a guide. If you don't know Java, you'll pick up some syntax but you'll need to get another book if your overall goal is to learn how to program in Java.

The CD is full of some nice things, but you can pick them up for free off the web. Its funny that if you want to learn Java, you're better off with the free copy of Thinking in Java from the CD.

Learn Java by Association with C Cobol Fortran Pascal VB, June 3, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from San Francisco, CA

This is a good reference book. I know several of these languages and I can quickly look up the syntax in the book. In my opinion, the book is more useful as a dictionary than for learning Java as the title suggests.

Learn Java by Association with C Cobol Fortran Pascal VB, June 1, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from New York NY

A good reference for programming languages. Also, helped me learn Java from my Pascal familiarity. I found the tools on the CD also very useful. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Java.

Learn Java by Association with C Cobol Fortran Pascal Visual, May 25, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Fort Lee, NJ

I am a VB programmer who wants to learn Java. This book is nothing it claims to be. One can't learn Java using it. Basically book is just a series of code examples with almost no comments and no clear and full explanations. It might be used as a quick reference but many examples of incorrect VB code I found in the book prevent me from trusting Java code examples. I wouldn't recommend to by this book: in my opinion it's a waste of money.

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