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Key to the authors' teaching style are carefully designed graphics. Rather than explain class inheritance (to cite one example) primarily with text, the authors use a series of tree diagrams that clarify the mechanism far more succinctly. The diagrams are carefully annotated with arrows and notes. Also characteristic of the unique teaching strategy is heavy reliance on exercises, in which the reader is asked to complete partial classes, write whole new code segments and do design work. Though there's little discussion of why the exercises' correct answers are what they are, it's clear that the practice work was carefully designed to reinforce the lesson at hand. If you've waited this long to give Java a try, this book is a great choice. --David Wall
Topics covered: The Java programming language for people with no Java experience, and even people with no programming experience at all. Key concepts read like a list of Java features: Object oriented design, variable type and scope, object properties and methods, inheritance and polymorphism, exceptions, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), network connectivity, Java archives (JAR files), and Remote Method Invocation (RMI).
Excellent book. They explain a very difficult coding language in a very easy way. Extremely well done.Published 10 months ago by Cheryl
I know "left brain vs. right brain" has been debunked, but if you are at all left-brained, or for that matter, just a grown-up, you will probably hate being talked down to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by F. Presson
Not very coherent if you are used to reading technical books or speed reading books, I got too distracted looking at the cartoons. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Aebares2006
Shipping was fast decent price and in tack. Thanks for the good customer care that was given in shipping this product.Published 14 months ago by John O. Parker
I'm appalled at the way women are depicted in the book. The book is technically outdated (last update 2005). Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I appreciate this books enthusiasm for the subject matter and approaching a method of study that's very engaging. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Syl Cat
Before buying this book I had taken several online Java courses and while I was learning the material I wasn't putting it together. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Em
If you are new to Java, this is the best beginners guide, regardless of its age. One of the big hurdles with object oriented languages is just how objects work. Read morePublished 21 months ago by hikingnbiking