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Introduction to Visual J++ (Version 6.0)

Introduction to Visual J++ (Version 6.0)
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Introduction to Visual J++ (Version 6.0): Applications and Applets-JDK 1.2 Compliant
by Roy W. Goody

Paperback: 490 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 10.85 x 8.31
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0139178996; 1st edition (June 22, 1999)

Book News, Inc.: This textbook for college-level technology students concentrates on console applications with simple text output and graphical user interface applications based on browser applets for the Internet. The floppy disks contain project source code. -- Copyright © 1999 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR All rights reserved Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

From the Back Cover: Based on Microsoft's Visual J++, version 6.0, this book covers both conventional console applications as well as Web-based applets. Its balanced presentation targets the true beginner, combining both a laboratory-oriented approach and theoretical discussions to develop a deep, usable understanding. Coverage concentrates solely on console applications and browser applets —console applications because they provide the purest form of Java programming without the distractions and special techniques required of more elaborate environments; and browser applets because of their ability to bring the Internet alive and provide a relatively painless entry into the world of the GUI (Graphics User Interface).

The book's wide range of topics within these areas ranges from simple classes and objects, to file I/O and linked lists, to external events and applet animation—covering the essentials of J++ deeply and thoroughly, with many minor details or advanced topics merely mentioned or omitted. Also included are discussions on basic page design
— including HTML and hot-links
— structured programming techniques, and optional review chapters on the C language.

For computer/systems programmers and designers using Java/Visual J++.

Customer Reviews
Overpriced textbook, December 27, 1999
Reviewer: A reader

This book does explain the concept of classes in an easy to understand manner, however it is overpriced for what it offers. It is a text designed for the classroom. There are pages and pages of exercises with no answers, which is not conducive for home study. It also states JDK 1.2 compliant on the cover, which is technically correct, however Microsoft J++ does not incorporate any of the new features of Java 2, nor does the book mention them. Given Microsoft abandoning J++ to Rational, I recommend readers interested in learning Java go with Borland's (Inprise) JBuilder 3 which is also the engine behind Oracle's JDeveloper.

Just what I was looking for., July 19, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from The Central Coast of Oregon

I'm a relative newbe to programming and Java. (I did BASIC on Apples and little Pascal back in the stone age.) Yet, I'm going to be working with my students in the fall of 1999 to learn Java programming. Yes, I'm the "Teacher", but this is Public education in rural Oregon in the 90's. I am currently taking a course in Java which uses "Learn MS Visual J++ 6.0 Now" by Kevin Ingalis and Daniel Jinguji. As I've been learning this I have been struck by the absurdity of the Window Foundation Class. Java's main claim to fame has been portability. Learn VJ spends way too much time working with the WFC teaching us how to produce programs that will only run on Windows machines. Programs that could be done better and easier using Visual Basic or C++. It's MS's book and Uncle Bill has the right to print what ever he wants, but if you want to learn true Java that is portable, GET THIS BOOK. If you're looking to teach a course on Java programming (as I soon will be) then GET THIS BOOK. Lots of diagrams and theory behind Object Oriented Programming, but best of all are the projects. Each chapter has several projects with clear, step by step directions on how to get the job done. If you're already a C++ programmer, DON'T GET THIS BOOK! It'll be way too slow for you. But for myself and my High School students, this is just the ticket. The price is the only down side. Thanks Mr. Goody.

P.S. I'll write another review in a couple of months after I've had some experience using the book in the classroom.

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