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Murach's Beginning Java 2

Murach's Beginning Java 2
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Murach's Beginning Java 2
by Andrea Steelman

Paperback: 712 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.79 x 9.98 x 8.04
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
ISBN: 189077412X; Bk&Cd-Rom edition (September 2001)

From Book News, Inc.: This introduction to Java programming covers the basics and frequently used features, with instructions on installing Java and using it to design, code, test, and debug applications. It also provides guidance for GUI, processing files, and working with databases and threads. A companion CD-ROM contains a Java 2 software development kit for Windows, Forte for Java, a trial version of TextPad, and the source code and data for examples used in the book. Steelman is a programmer.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Book Description: An exciting, new approach to Java instruction that includes the latest Java releases (1.3.1 and 1.4). In just 20 chapters, you grow from beginner to entry-level professional. Along the way, you learn how to develop GUIs with Swing components; how to work with files; how to use JDBC to work with databases; how to develop applets that are run from Internet browsers; how to work with threads; and much more. It’s all there in the unique Murach style that has been training professional programmers for more than 25 years.

From the Publisher: Never heard of a Murach book? Our name may be new to you, but for 25 years, we’ve been developing programming books with a single goal in mind: To make each book the BEST one possible on any given programming subject. That’s why professional programmers worldwide look to our books for quick, effective training and reference whenever they’re working in a new language or environment. As one programmer put it, “I’ve read other programming books, but none—and I really mean none—are as useful as yours. Your company has made my life a little easier and a lot wealthier.” Now, I’m proud to publish this Java book because I truly believe it’s the best Java book I’ve ever read. Too many beginning books make Java tougher than it needs to be (and it’s plenty difficult on its own). But by the time you complete this book, I guarantee you’ll be able to write object-oriented business applications in Java.

From the Author: This is the book I wish I’d had when I had to learn Java. As a C++ programmer, I’d developed weapon tracking and guidance systems for military aircraft. But learning Java was still tougher than I thought it would be, even with the best-selling books at hand…especially when it came to truly professional topics, like creating GUIs or using JDBC for databases. So my goal in this book is to teach you how to develop real-world Java programs as quickly and easily as possible. Page through, and I think you’ll see that the examples, the content, and the design are the keys to making that happen. You never learn a Java skill without seeing examples that show you how to do it. Every chapter, every page, teaches you something you need to know. And all the content is done in Murach’s distinctive paired-pages format that makes learning so much easier, I don’t know how people ever got along without it. All in all, I think it’s everything programmers have come to expect in a Murach book. And I hope it will make learning Java a pain-free experience for you!

From the Inside Flap: If you’re new to Java or object-oriented programming, this book gets you started right. By the end of chapter 2, you’ll be writing programs that use Java classes. By chapter 4, you’ll be developing your own classes. And by chapter 6, you’ll be able to design, code, and test object-oriented programs in Java.

But this isn’t just a beginning book. By the time you finish this book, you’ll know how to develop graphical user interfaces with Swing components; how to read and write data that’s stored in files; how to use JDBC to work with the data in databases; how to develop applets that are run from Internet browsers; and much more. In short, you’ll have a set of professional Java skills that you can use for developing real-world business applications. Can one book do all that? Yes...but it has to be better than the competing books in more ways than one.

5 WAYS THE CONTENT IS BETTER If you’re a beginner, you’ll learn how to code, test, and debug object-oriented Java programs in the first four chapters. No other book gets you started that fast.

In chapter 5, you’ll learn how to work with inheritance and interfaces since they are critical to the effective use of the hundreds of classes that are available with Java. Unlike other books that present theory without application, this chapter focuses just on what you need to know to use Java classes effectively.

In chapter 6, you’ll learn how to design and test object-oriented programs. Although you can’t do an effective job of developing a Java program without knowing how to design one, no other beginning book has a chapter like this.

Figuring out how to create a graphical user interface can be a nightmare with other books, but this one has you create your first GUI from start to finish in chapter 11. Then, chapters 12-14 show you how to enhance that interface. And chapter 15 shows you how to use these skills as you develop Java applets that can be run from a web browser.

Because stored data is critical to most business applications, chapters 16-18 show you how to work with files, and chapter 19 shows you how to work with databases. In particular, chapters 18 and 19 teach you how to use files and databases to provide the data for the business objects of Java applications. And no other book has content like that.

Customer Reviews
Best beginning Java book so far, May 28, 2002
Reviewer: Marty from Novato, CA

When I found out that I had to learn Java, I bought three Java books (Core Java, the Beginning Java 2 from Wrox, and Murach's Beginning Java 2). Since I have some programming experience with VB, I though I'd be able to learn Java pretty easily. While I learned different aspects of Java from each of these books, I found the Murach book to be the most helpful. In fact, before reading the Murach book, I could barely understand the other books. After reading the Murach book, the other books made more sense. I also liked the examples in the Murach book better, and I liked the way the book steps you through each example at the end of each chapter.

Java for Real Business Applications!, August 18, 2001
Reviewer: Donna M. Dean from Cicero, IL USA

Finally there is a Java book for serious programmers doing real life business applications. Although the first five chapters must be read sequentially to ground the student in Java syntax and to understand the conceptual base of OOP - subsequent chapters may be taken out of order with little or no loss in the conceptual continuity. The examples and the projects are about real business implementations and not about toys, shapes or animals barking. The code examples work - and the explanations are direct, easy to read and lead the reader to total comprehension.

This book is not only for anyone who wants to learn how to program in Java (including those with no previous programming experience) - but for the seasoned Java programmer as well. It was the first time topics such as Date, Array, Vector and the file IO classes were covered to expose the depth and power underlying them.

After using several books that boast of "being the best" to learn Java 2, I have concluded this latest publication really is the best book on the market. When used in a classroom the material is seamless and the exercises work toward reinforcement. The book can also stand alone for the independent learner or the Java programmer who wants a deeper understanding. Don't be fooled by the title "beginning java 2" - this book is 700 (8x10) pages and it covers advanced topics such as Swing Layout Managers, JDBC and threads.

Worst Book Ever, expected more out of a Murach book, April 9, 2002
Reviewer: nada384 from Newark, DE

Usually Murach books are quite good and give you alot of information, but they made a mistake with this author.

She has bad examples to a beginner (i.e. constructer with a name of Book book=new Book and Objectobject refers to an object, the only reason I knew these were wrong was I bought "Learn to Program with Java" by John Smiley).

If she can't explain the basics from the start, then why spend the money on something that is going to confuse you, these technical books cost too much.

Also, there are quite a bit of misspellings, yet another author trying to put a book out quickly without proofreading it.

I have COBOL in my background and I know this is quite a switch to OOP thinking, but that is why I wanted this book, I was the perfect audience, well if this was a show, I'd have walked out within the first 5 minutes !!

I highly suggest you check the book out for yourself, but I tried to return mine, but did not get 100% refund, but did find out if you buy it from the Murach website they offer 100% return policy (so at least you get can you money back for this piece of garbage).

I sure hope Murach gets somebody else to re-write the book using simple, clear and concise answers.

BLOWN AWAY BY JAVA 2! :-), March 12, 2002
Reviewer: Jay from Atanta, GA

First I would like to state that I am new to Java but not new to programming. I have a background in Visual Basic, VBScript and Oracle. I looked into Java about a year ago but was never able to find a good book or tutorial on the language. This book is it! I bought it a week ago and I am already writing useful programs "not toy!" I understand the syntax, the author does a GREAT JOB of explaining the terms and there are plenty of excellent examples! It starts with the basics and builds on each lesson in a clear and thought out lesson plan which by far is not boring at all! I am convinced that if I keep at this pace I will be a Junior/Entry-Level Java programmer in no time!

I had read one "21 day" book prior to this one and got lost in the pages, but this book is not only a learning tool, but a reference manual.

Thanks! Java World here I come!

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