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Java Methods A&AB, AP Edition Textbook Binding – March 15, 2006


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Product Details

  • Textbook Binding: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Skylight Publishing; Student edition (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972705570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972705578
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Java Methods is a text you should consider for your classroom... an excellent text for teaching and learning Java. -- AP Central, June 15, 2006

Overall, I found it to be an excellent, exciting textbook for my AP CS classes. Roger Frank, Ponderosa HS, Colorado -- ap-compsci listserve 04/23/06

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angie Esswein on March 2, 2008
You won't find a better texbook to teach high school computer science. Who uses "Foo Fighters" in an example or talks about throwing away extra coffee cups to explain an inefficiency of the immutability of strings?

This book has every quality I could possibly want to teach either Intro or AP Computer Science in high school. The authors have beautifully achieved a difficult task: to write with an accessible and fun style while keeping the content complete and rigorous enough to prepare students to earn a 5 on the AP exam. The book sets students up for success by exposing them to many concepts in early chapters on object-oriented programming, but not expecting mastery until the detailed chapters on the same topics that come later. The exposure is supported with skeleton code so that students can feel confident about completing projects. When re-visiting a topic later in the book, students are well-prepared to write complex programs from scratch.

There is an abundance of paper and pencil exercises so that students think through their process before jumping to the keyboard. These exercises are particularly prevalent in the chapter on algorithms. (Finally an author that gives this topic at the heart of computer science its deserving coverage!) The exercises and programs are divided into sections of the book making it easy to break down a chapter into teaching days. The code in the PowerPoint slides are laid out and explained so well that you could practically display them without explanation as your only source for lessons. The test questions are varied in style (multiple choice, true/false, and free response) and written in tried-and-true MS Word format. The programming projects are so much fun that I hurt with envy wanting to be a student myself again. A few notable project titles include Dance Studio, Chomp Game, and Instant Messenger.

Reward yourself and your students by purchasing this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2006
I use this textbook for my Java programming class. The explanations are quite readable, the exercises are interesting and relevant, and the book is overall one of the strongest offerings available. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim Curry on January 6, 2010
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Our school system is adequate, but a little weak. Recently, a neighbor's daughter was injured badly. She finds the ordinary school day to be burdensome, and her parents would like a better school anyway. So, they decided to home school. They have poor confidence with math. Therefore, they asked me to tutor for their daughter. I have an earned Ph.D. in mathematics (several complex variables) and continuing and non-trivial research. The web site administrators decided to deny me access to their downloadable teaching support materials. They offered to allow the download to a teacher at the local system, but the local system has no such teacher. The school system doesn't offer any similar course at all. Because my Ph.D. did not arrive as a prize from box tops, I can manage fine. However, it is a significant professional discourtesy and is very disrespectful of my time commitment. Home school people should beware of using this text, since the support is not forthcoming at all.

The book itself is great---or I wouldn't have chosen it. It gives a very complete curriculum, and it gives the instructions in ways that are sensible. It is sensible not only for young people beginning, but sensible for everyone. This is a very good instruction in object oriented programming. There are, to be sure, lapses in the explanations, even in early chapters. A central processing unit is described as an array of transistors etched into a silicon substrate. That explanation could, and should, be expanded, even for a beginner---even in early chapters. However, the fact that there are opportunities to improve the book, doesn't mean that there's something wrong with it. As a work product, it's excellent, and I don't know of a better book (or I'd have used it!!!!!).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Wheeler on August 3, 2008
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This was an excellent book for going over the basics of the topics covered for the AP test and the questions' difficulty ranged from the fairly prosaic to challenging and the projects could be involving, however, it seemed to pall in comparison to Barron's AP review book when it came to depth and all the intricate technicalities/special-cases governing the Java language which the AP test partially dwells upon for its subset. This book seems to sugarcoat the topics of AB without going into much depth which I found somewhat dismaying when it came to effectively and efficiently studying for the AP test. Otherwise, it gives an effective overview of the individual topics and leaves a basic understanding of the concepts of introductory computer science: for depth and technicalities including java-level implementation(particularly hash tables), I'd look elsewhere.

(I Originally used this but found myself attracted to the more densely-packed information in Barron's AP after about 3 weeks of study in this. I was a student self-studying for the exam and needed a textbook to study the material as no instructor accessible to me taught it. Eventually, I earned a 5, though I credit that more towards Barron's than this.)
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