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Introduction to Java Programming, Comprehensive Version (9th Edition) 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132936521
ISBN-10: 0132936526
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About the Author

Dr. Liang earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Okalahoma in 1991, and an MS and BS in Computer Science from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, in 1986 and 1983. Prior to joining Armstrong, he was an associate professor in computer science at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, where he twice received the Excellence in Research award.

Dr. Liang was trained in theoretical computer science. He was active in graph algorithms from 1990 to 1995 and published more than ten papers in several established journals such as SIAM Journal on Computing, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Acta Informatics, and Information Processing Letters. Since 1996, he has devoted to writing texts and published more than thirty books with Prentice Hall. His popular computer science texts are widely adopted in the world.

Dr. Liang was elected a Java Champion in 2005 by Sun Microsystems. He has given lectures on Java internationally.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 9 edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132936526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132936521
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you prefer your computer technology learning in textbook style, then this is an excellent choice in books... Introduction to Java Programming - Comprehensive Version (Sixth Edition) by Y. Daniel Liang. It's an entire college-level course in Java in one very big (and well-written) volume...Read more ›
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I am almost completely new to programming and am trying to teach myself. I started with a computer science textbook on Python and then moved on to the 8th edition of this book. Around Chapter 14, I saw they they had come out with the 9th edition, so I purchased it. I am studying for the Java SE7 Associates certification next month, so I started over at the beginning of the book and have read back to where I was in the 8th edition (Chapter 16). There have been many changes and updates. One of the most visible changes is that the review questions are now spread throughout the chapter rather than all together at the end of the chapter. The video notes are now available. While not adding a lot of commentary to what's already in the text, I do find it helpful to watch the videos (which feature the examples being worked out for you). There are also practice tests available online. I've taken the first two of these and find them quite challenging and helpful (especially with a certification exam around the corner for me!). I am reading other texts as well (Head First Java and Java The Complete Reference). Liang's book is hefty and taking me forever to get through, but I'm confident that I'll be very solid by the time I'm done. The author, by the way, is very responsive via email whenever I come across typos in the book. These errata are listed on the book's website, so it's good to check there whenever you move on to a new chapter. I highly recommend the book!
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NOTE: This is a review of the KINDLE version. The content of the book is fine; please use other reviews to guide your purchase based on content. My objective is to inform the buyer if they want, or not, the Kindle version.

The caption claiming this book looks exactly like the print version is inaccurate. The reason is that 40% of the book is missing. How? The book comes with a code that enables you to download the other 40%, or "bonus" material. The eBook version does NOT come with that. It is an additional $24 charge. In other words, you don't get the 'whole book' unless you buy the 5 lbs of dead trees.

The Kindle app on the computer is clunky, making reading this an arduous task at best; for example, you'll wear out your mouse scroll wheel trying to scroll down the page. This isn't a PDF and the Kindle software is impotent in comparison to PDF reader software.

The price *SEEMS* good, until you realize that you'll have to pay an additional $24 for the "bonus" chapters, and another $42 for the MyProgramming Lab access. If the price was $80 for the eBook, added to the $24 for the rest of the book plus the $42 for the lab access, the $150 list price is exactly the same. BUT, you *cannot* sell an eBook, but you CAN sell the paper book. Getting just $5 for the paper version makes that a better deal financially, even if it means laying waste to a virtual forest for this massive tome.

In other words, it will COST YOU MORE MONEY for the Kindle version. The only two benefits are the text tools (search, copy/paste) and the lack of needing Conan the Barbarian to tote it around for you.
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I saw Dream a Little's review and came to the conclusion it may be peoples learning style that determines if they like this book. I am new at programming and the book used in the college course I took was Deittel's 7th ed. Java How to Program. This book left me with a lot of unanswered questions that other books I had checked out from the library could not answer. I was about to give up when I stumbled upon this book and was amazed and wishing I had found it sooner in the semester.
I found it explained a lot of the basics very clearly. It also had a lot more understandable examples given. Even though Deittel's book is over 1500+ pages it came nowhere near as good as the examples I found in Liang's approx 700 pages.
I was a bit spooked at the price when I bought it, wondering if I was going to regret it. But after using the book I concluded this maybe one of those instances where you get what you pay for.
Liang uses a lot of diagrams to show how the pieces fit together as well as simple to understand explanations.
If you are already a programmer in Java then I doubt this is worth the price, but for the beginner/novice who likes to see how the pieces fit together and wishes to understand why things go in the order they do, then this maybe the book for you.
If I later move to another language, I will be looking to see if this author has anything written in that category as well.
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