Java 6 Illuminated: An Active Learning Approach (Jones and Barlett Illuminated) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0763749637
ISBN-10: 076374963X
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Product Details

  • Series: Jones and Barlett Illuminated
  • Paperback: 1288 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2 edition (January 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076374963X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763749637
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Angel Wings on April 2, 2008
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This is the best resource for learning Java I have found. The book assumes the reader knows nothing about the language, starting with the most basic elements of the programming language and moving ahead to more complex topics that build on those elements. The code examples are in colored text so that it is very easy to read. Tips are given throughout the text for avoiding common errors that Java programmers fall into. The information is also in depth - every aspect of the language is explained in detail, and this is why the book is so thick. I don't think you could find a more thorough book. It's ideal for both beginners and experts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Willis on September 8, 2009
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Great book if you are learning Java most colleges recommend it. I just started but the CD helps with the lesson plans and learning the material. Pretty easy going read and they are lots of examples to show you how to function the programs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2009
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Highly recommended. There are animations on the included CD to make things clearer; the sample programs are very good. There are lots of hands on programming exercises. This book explains JAVA more clearly than other beginning JAVA books I've purchased.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brad W. Swinson on September 1, 2009
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This was the 3rd book I bought to try to learn Java, within a few minutes of opening it I soon realized that if I cold not learn Java with this book it was time to throw in the towel. It starts of at the very beginning and presents so much detail you actually get a feel for how much you are learning. The exercises at the end of the chapters stretch your brain with out snapping it. If you are just a beginner or maybe need a little more learning depth at a slower pace, buy this book!
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I think this single book is enough to learn Java from scratch, and also to keep as a reference. The language is not childishly simple, but still very straight forward, as should be in a technical book. The colored portions breaks monotony and draws your attention to the correct place pretty fast. The examples are well chosen, and well commented.

I still took away one star from my rating, because of two issues - one, I found they have not included the Merge Sort. I know this is a complex idea to explain, but that's what you'd like a good book to address, right? Also, that sorta made me wary - what else have they missed?

The second issue is that while the language is good, the text in most places is more verbose than needed. This may not sound a big deal, but as I said in my praise above, I think a technical book should have the simplest of languages without being baby-talk. And verbosity distracts from the explanation given. Example of the verbosity : while explaining nested loops to handle 2-dimensional arrays, we have this piece showing the outer for-loop (page 581):

for (int i = 0; i < arrayName.length; i++ )
...
<followed by this explanation>
...
Note that we use the less than operator (<) instead of the less than or
equal to operator (<=). Using the less than or equal to operator would
cause us to illegally attempt to reference an element with a row index of
arrayName.length.

I could trim that sentence to a third its length. Actually, that explanation is given so many times before chapter 9, that it's just redundant. Funnily, the very next paragraph on that same page explains the inner for-loop, which has that exact same explanation for why the "<=" should not be used!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Raynor on October 7, 2010
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I'm using this book for my computer science class. It's a great vehicle for the foundations. It's a great learning tool. I wish I had gotten this sooner!
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This book is highlighting the Java code in 3 parts: comments, keywords and user-logic to make Java program easy to learn, write and understand. It is like a pattern or template in code structure (syntax), you just fill in your logic flow to make a program.

Many illustrations and pictures to clarify the understanding in logic flow. What you see is what you get.

It is a very good handbook. You don't need to read every page. Just read the titles and subtitles for several times to gain familiarity. When you really need to program, find a pattern code to plug-in. Although it is a thick book, 1000+ pages, but you don't need to know the detal of each. You only need to get the "concept" and "mechanism/logic flow" on each subject, that is enough. When programming, select your favorite or appropriate code pattern to fill-in your logic.
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I've tried seven different highly regarded Java books, but this one, and the most recent version, is the best around! Whether you are a student or are just self teaching, this book is a must have.
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