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Introduction to Java Programming, Comprehensive Version plus MyProgrammingLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package (9th Edition) Paperback – March 25, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0133050578 ISBN-10: 0133050572 Edition: 9th

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  • Paperback: 1308 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 9 edition (March 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0133050572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133050578
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The way the book is written is very easy to understand.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn basic, intermediate and advanced Java programming.
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I needed this book for an introductory university programming class, and I found it fantastically useful!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kyle D. Walker on April 24, 2012
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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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert Reese TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 20, 2013
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles A on August 28, 2013
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/**
* @Use: Used for a college programming course.
* @Class: Java Programming I
* @Other: Experience in C++/C, PHP, JavaScript, Perl, SQL [MySQL, Oracle PL/SQL, SQL Server]
*
* =============================================
** This Book is meant to be used in an academia
* =============================================
*; not ideal book for self study
*/
This book was required for a Java Programming I course that I took which had a basic CS Programming course (in java or in my case c++) as a prerequisite. When used in an academic setting, the book is accompanied by very useful powerpoint slides and other material including 15 additional chapters(#35 - #50).

/**
* book@review:~$ ./Math -required
*
* Reader should have passed a college
* algebra and/or discrete math course.
* Discrete math preferred but not
* required.
*
* Continue? (Y/N) Y
*
* Reader should know how to perform oper-
* -ations on matrices (add, mult, etc).
*
* Continue? (Y/N) Y
*
* Reader should have a solid understanding
* of logic, possibly with knowledge of
* basic logic gates.
*
* Continue? (Y/N) N
*
* Goodbye.
* book@review:~$ exit
*/

// Why the math requirement?
The reason that you should have satisfactory college mathematics experience is because the author
explains language constructs using simple mathematical algorithms. This seems to be popular in comp-
-uter science and most good CS books should include algorithms such as Monte Carlo's Pi Simulation,
Fibonacci Sequence (Recursion), Calculating Primes, Trees(Application of Discrete Math),
Graphs(Application Discrete Math), Towers of Hanoi, etc.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Middleton on August 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Liang's book is clear, comprehensive, and accurate. The problems are meaningful and written at the appropriate level given the reader's progress through the book. Additionally, the book is at the same time broad and specific.

However, the quality (at least in the 7th edition) really drops off when Liang starts talking about the Java Collections Framework. Suddenly, explanations are far and few between, and you're mostly reading things you could easily find online. All the stuff about sets/queues/trees/graphs etc. could better be learned in either Reges & Stepp's Building Java Programs (covers the basics of lists, queues, stacks, binary trees) or Goodrich & Tamassia's Data Structures and Algorithms (also covers deques, other types of trees, graphs, hash tables, etc).

It's still worth your money, because it excels in places that those other books don't, but just know that in order to really understand complex programming Java, you're going to need a bunch of books.
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