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Java for Practitioners : An Introduction and Reference to Java and Object Orientation
by John Hunt
Paperback: 668 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.58 x 9.24 x 6.17
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISBN: 1852330937; Manual edition (June 1999)
Book Description: Java for Practitioners doesn't just provide an introduction to Java, it also tells you all about object orientation. One of the biggest problems with many of the Java books currently on the market is that they only teach the language and ignore the object orientation aspects (or at best just devote one chapter to it). Not only does John Hunt cover both Java and object orientation thoroughly but he also realises that practitioners learn best by oing'and he writes this book to reflect that. Chapters are dippable-into and ideas and concepts are introduced by exercises and practical examples. The book does of course cover the new release Java 2/JDK 1.2 - and it also includes the Java Self-Tester which lets readers determine whether they are ready to take Sun's Java Certification exam. There is also an essential reference section which provides detailed solutions to real world Java problems, and new Java features. No one intending to move over to Java should be without this book.
Ingram: A thorough, "learn by doing" manual that introduces concepts by getting the reader to follow exercises, rather than by extensive discussion. A Java "Self-Tester" allows readers to determine whether they are ready to take Sun's Java Certification exam.
many errors, August 12, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from New York, USA
I purchased this book based upon the reviews shown here, but have found the book to be full of coding errors and mistakes. It also reads like a text book written by a professor without any connection to the real world. It does have some value, but it certainly isn't worth the price. My recommendation is to look elsewhere.
Easy to absorb and teaches you how to think OO, March 28, 2000
Reviewer: Sandy Nemecek from Toronto, Canada
Don't get me wrong. This book is an excellent one. I should know because I purchased his Java and Object Orientation: An Introduction which also is excellent. Dr. Hunt is an excellent writer and the clarity of his text is easy to absorb and gets you thinking OO. It is well worth purchasing. The one down side is that I bought it based on Amazon reviews without seeing it first. There was no mention that this new book contains many chapters from the previous book verbatim just layed out differently. If I had known that, I would have hesitated. It might have been a good idea to create a separate book. It's like getting a book full of API listings again. But like I said... If you are thinking about getting the previous book, don't. But this excellent volume instead.
Very accessible and clear, August 24, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from London, UK
I liked this book as it was clear, easy to read and didn't talk down to me. I found the explanations of object orientation and Java were well presented and well illustrated. I also liked the many "how to" style chapters which made it easy to see how to use RMI, Servlets, Sockets etc. I also really liked the Java self tester and the chapter on Java programming problems. The self test material was also provided on-line at the books web site, which also has all the source code form the book and lots of additional examples. This is a really great book with good support - the author also answered my questions by email!
Excellent introduction to OO and Java and a great reference, August 23, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from UK
This book is the book to buy if you want one book which will introduce you to Object Orientation, Java and the various aspects of the Java platform such as applets, servlets, rmi and JDBC. It also includes object oriented design based on the UML.
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