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Learning to design objects effectively with Java is the goal of Beginning Java Objects: From Concepts to Code, an intensive yet approachable guide to object design, using UML and today's hottest programming language. Plenty of titles dig into the Java language in massive detail, but this one steps back and looks at object design first. The details of Java, from basic language features to a simple tutorial for building user interfaces in Swing, emerge only after a thorough tour of thinking in objects.

The book takes readers through object design, from the very beginning, at a relaxed pace. While you get all of the necessary jargon for really learning the object paradigm (for example, there's full coverage of such concepts as data encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism), the tutorial is likely to reach more readers. Without being doctrinaire about the design process, the author walks you through the steps for "discovering" objects in a business problem (including classes, attributes, and operations) and then determining how these objects work together to model real-world problems. The sample class diagrams offer quite a rich level of detail, and a single case study for a student course registration database demonstrates the design principles, including extensive class diagrams.

By the end of the book, this set of classes is transformed into working Java code, with a simple Swing-based user interface. Although the book cuts a few corners--such as using tab-delimited data instead of JDBC (a must for business programmers)--there's little doubt that this lively approach to mastering Java will benefit a wide range of readers. If ever you've been unsure about what object-oriented design really means, Beginning Java Objects can demystify important concepts and put the power of objects within your reach. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is for anyone who wants to learn not only the Java 2 language, but also how to structure a problem properly from an object-oriented perspective. Even if you are already familiar with Java, this book will still be a valuable asset to you as you see an example case study evolve from its initial conception as an object model to implementation as a fully functional Java 2 application.

This book makes a GREAT "prequel" OR sequel to Ivor Horton's "Beginning Java 2", another top seller from Wrox Press, Ltd. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2nd edition (June 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590594576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590594575
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacquie Barker is a professional software engineer, author, and adjunct faculty member with both The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. With over 30 years of experience as a hands-on software developer and project manager, she has spent the past 15 years focusing on object technology, becoming proficient as an object modeler and Sun Microsystems certified Java programmer. Jacquie is also the founder of ObjectStart LLC, an object technology mentorship and training firm.

Jacquie's winning formula for teaching object fundamentals side-by-side with language syntax -- as reflected in her best selling books, "Beginning Java Objects: From Concepts to Code" and "Beginning C# Objects" (co-authored with Grant Palmer) -- continues to receive praise from readers around the world. Her latest book, "Taming the Technology Tidal Wave", is a light-hearted yet practical career guide for IT professionals.

In addition to teaching for GMU and GWU, Jacquie offers training in object/Java fundamentals to public and private sector organizations. Please visit her websites, objectstart.com and techtidalwave.com, for more information on her various publications and service offerings.

On a personal note, Jacquie devotes considerable time to animal rescue -- she volunteers for the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) in Northern Virginia (www.hart90.org) as a member of the HART Cat Team, and is in the process of establishing her own non-profit to assist rescue groups with IT-related services (please visit petsbringjoy.org). She and her husband Steve share their home with four feline family members: Kwiddie, Tiffie, Walter, and Wynxie. :o)

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When people who have not previously done object-oriented programming begin to learn Java, my experience has been that they mistakenly assume that learning the language itself is the only thing that they need to do. In reality, the most important thing (and in my opinion most difficult) is to learn how to create a good object-oriented design. Before they can create a good design, they need to understand object-oriented concepts and the tools that are available to them such as UML. Jacquie's book does an excellent job of introducing the reader to those concepts and explaining them clearly. It has been said that you cannot explain something well to another person unless you really understand it yourself. If that is the case, Ms. Barker clearly understands object design very well.
If you are learning Java or considering learning Java for the first time, I recommend reading these books in the following order:
Beginning Java 2 (Ivor Horton)
Professional Java Programming (Brett Spell)
Beginning Java Objects (Jacquie Barker)
These three Wrox titles complement one another very well, and are all well-written and easy to understand.
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In reading Barker's title, one gets an extraordinarily good education into the major considerations for object-oriented design. Although the book's title would imply that Java developers would benefit most, this is a great introductory manual to OOP and Java 2, and perfectly suited for other platforms, as well.
It's actually a very helpful, very educational, very entertaining look at object-oriented software design, at modeling, and at proper management of the process in which they are used to create great software applications.
Barker does a fantastic job of describing the process and life-cycle involved with designing and coding a system, and centers the concepts presented around an iterative practical application, a student registration system for college. She also bases her method of teaching concepts-first-and-then-code around pseudocode, so the reader isn't inundated by too much syntax while trying to grasp fundamental subjects. Barker also steps the reader through the procedural methods of designing an application, such as creating a vision document and glossary of system-specific terms.
In doing so, Barker also uses one of the friendliest voices in her writing that's truly a rarity in technical books these days.
Being an ASP.NET developer working almost exclusively in C#, I got a lot out of it. The Java syntax might be a stretch for VB devs; the book also makes for great recommended reading for those just starting to get into OOP or Java. I'd also recommend this book for Microsoft developers migrating up from Windows DNA and ASP 3.0 technologies, as it really does a good job of walking you through OOP/OOD, which in my opinion has proven to be THE major hurdle for many devs in embracing .NET.
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I am thrilled to have found this book!
I have been developing software for several years now. My exposure has been mostly in the mainframe environment. I decided to make a switch to PC development as I find most of the latest technologies are taking place here. I'm very comfortable with programming and thought nothing about teaching myself Java. I quickly realized that it is very different from the other languages that I have learned! I do know C and that helped a bit, but the whole concept of object-oriented was unfamiliar territory.
I originally read Ivor Horton's Beginning Java 2 book but I still wasn't clear. It wasn't until I read Ms. Barker's book, however, that I really saw how to structure an application around objects. In my opinion, this book should be read before reading Mr. Horton's book.
I'm in love with this book, with the author's writing style, the examples and development of the Student Registration System case study application! I really like the part where the author transforms UML class diagrams into actual Java code.
Thank you, Ms. Barker, for writing a marvelous book and for making the understanding of objects so simple.
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Being new to programming, and wanting to get off to a good start, I agonized over which book to begin with. Should I start with Deitel's "Java: How to Program?" Or how about Horton's "Beginning Java 2"? Or maybe Schildt's entry level java text? It was all so confusing! Then I happened upon this excellent book, and I knew immediately that this was the one.
Let's face it, in today's programming world the OO paradigm is where it's at. Unfortunately, however, many introductory books focus on code first and object oriented thinking second. This is completely wrong!
As children, we learn the concepts of words first, and then later, in school, we learn how to properly organize those concepts into prose. Should it be any different in learning a programming language? I think not.
The fact is that one must have a solid understanding of the object oriented paradigm before one can really be an effective programmer, and this book provides the reader with just such an understanding. It is very readable--fascinating, even--and will allow one to better understand what the many fine "introductory" java books such as those mentioned above are really taking about.
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