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Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 Platform in 21 Days, Professional Reference Edition

Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 Platform in 21 Days, Professional Reference Edition
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Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 Platform in 21 Days, Professional Reference Edition
by Laura Lemay, Rogers Cadenhead

Hardcover: 1200 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 2.48 x 9.44 x 7.73
Publisher: Sams
ISBN: 067231438X; 1 edition (January 21, 1999) The revised SAMS Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days provides a solid tutorial for the major aspects of the Java 2 platform. This intelligently presented book is suitable for the new or intermediate Java programmer who wants to learn the latest Java features quickly.

The first week looks at Java platform basics, including Java's virtual machine and language fundamentals (such as data types, variables, and flow control statements). The ins and outs of object design, including inheritance and overloading methods and AWT applet programming come next. (For browser compatibility, the authors rely on JDK 1.02 functionality.) After a quick look at graphics programming (including the new Java 2D API), the authors explore a variety of options for animation, including double-buffering. They finish this group of lessons with information on basic AWT component programming, including short examples using AWT controls.

By the third week of lessons, the book covers ad hoc topics, including a clear explanation of Java packages (and exactly what those public, protected, and private keywords mean). A section on Java streams lays the groundwork for simple Internet programming (specifically, downloading a URL). Several chapters on the new Swing interface classes explore the simpler Swing components, such as images, sliders, and scrollbars (though advanced controls, such as table and trees, are not covered).

A bonus section--seven days of lessons beyond SAMS's standard three-week format--testifies to the richness of the Java 2 platform. Here the authors cover such useful Java topics as JDK command-line tools, signed Java applets, JavaBeans, and JDBC database programming. With its comprehensible format and often witty writing style, this text delivers an appealing introduction to some of the best of today's Java. --Richard Dragan

Book Description: Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days continues to be the most popular, best-selling Java tutorial on the market. It has been acclaimed for its clear and personable writing, for its extensive use of examples, and for its logical and complete organization. The Professional Reference Edition of the book includes an extra seven chapters covering advanced topics like object serialization, remote method invocation, accessibility, security, JavaBeans, JDBC and advanced data structures - as well as a 200-page reference section detailing the most commonly used aspects of the Java language.

About the Author: Laura Lemay is the author of several best-selling Web development books, including Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in a Week. She is also series editor for the Laura Lemay's Web Workshop series. Rogers Cadenhead is the author of Sams Teach Yourself Java 1.2 in 24 Hours and co-author of Sams Teach Yourself SunSoft Java Workshop in 21 Days, Java Unleashed, and Laura Lemay's Web Workshop: ActiveX and VBScript. His writing style is clear and example-rich with a touch of humor a perfect match for Laura Lemay.

Customer Reviews
From C++ to Java: This book is a necessary first step., June 30, 2000
Reviewer: R. Nagy from Tampa, FL USA

For a professional software developer, there is nothing more aggravating than spending time re-reading things that you already know. Especially when your time is limited.

Since Java has borrowed so much from C++, when we went looking to learn how to add a Java client to, we looked for a book that would offer us a "smorgasbord" approach. We needed a title that would allow us to "skim past" all of the topics that a C++ developer already knows, and allow us to focus on what's "new" with Java.

By clearly organizing the flow of their chapters from novice to not, Sam's "Teach Yourself Java 2 Platform in 21 Days" helped us spend less time reading the things we knew, and more time learning the things that we did not. Moreover, since the book was designed with a novice programmer in mind, I can also hand this title to newbies and they will be able to use it as well (talk about re-use)!

Sam's Does It Again!, August 31, 2000
Reviewer: David R. Willson from Columbia, MD United States

Teach Yourself Java2 in 21 Days is yet another great product from Sams Publishing. This book assumes familiarity with basic programming concepts. If you are an experienced programmer coming to Java from another language (My background is the VB - COM object world), this text will be right up your alley.

I was tempted into skipping to the chapters I found most interesting (JDBC and OOD), but don't be. Lemay and Cadenhead have ordered the introduction of concepts perfectly. Even if you know you'll never use it, drag yourself through AWT. You'll be building skills which will pay off handsomely in the later chapters. There are no formal exercises, so to get the most out of this book, type up and compile every example as well as reading through the text. Lemay and Cadenhead's irreverent jokes and references will help you along with a chuckle or two.

Overall, both the cost of the book and the time efficient manner in which you can teach yourself foundation Java2 skills are a great value.

Your patience will pay off..., October 3, 2000
Reviewer: Oyvind from Tucson, AZ USA

I believe most people will learn a lot from this book. It is informative, provides good examples, and it actually teaches you the basics of Java programming with both Java Applications and Java Applets. The book puts an emphasize on Graphics programming, including the AWT classes, and Swing (new in Java 2). The book is extensive and will test your patience, specially if you are new to programming, but it will most definitely pay off in the end.

I read the book cover to cover, and since this is the professional edition it also has an extra bonus week which covers important concepts like Signing applets, data structures, JavaBeans and how to connect to databases throught JDBC.

This book boldly claims to help you teach yourself Java 2 in 21 days. If you put some effort into it, that's about as long as it'll take.. Some "days" will take you an hour or two, while others will take you 4-5 hours to grasp and go through the examples.

All in all, a very good buy, and a good reference to have after you finish it.

A great followup to Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 hrs., August 22, 2000
Reviewer: James White Jr. from Chicago, Illinois USA

Even though I did not care for the Sams series in regards to ASP, I thought that the two Java 2 books I have read (Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 hrs & 21 days respectively) did a great job. All the code thus far works (I am about 2 weeks into the book). This book answers questions that the 24 hr. book does not get a chance to answer. This is pretty indepth, and the format is pretty easy to follow. If you like programming, and you want to learn Java this book is exactly what you need to get a thorough understanding of the Java language and its packages.

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