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Java Programming for the Absolute Beginner Paperback – June 16, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1598632750 ISBN-10: 1598632752 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 002 edition (June 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598632752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598632750
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The games featured on the cover aren't programmed.
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This book is aimed at people who want to start computer programming and is making Java their first language.
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It's an introductory book, it covers the bases of the language well enough to get you started.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on July 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a book oriented to the complete beginner. It basically starts with a blank sheet of paper and begins with a simple applet that just outputs a single line of text to the screen.

From here he goes on to provide a very simply step by step tutorial to cover the fundamental rules of Java. In this book he doesn't get everything there is to know about Java. It's an introductory book, it covers the bases of the language well enough to get you started. You will probably want an additional book before you become the local master.

If I have one complaint about the book it is one that I complain about a lot on Java books. On page 5 he starts talking about object oriented programming. And he talks on for two or three pages. Then he skips saying anything more about object oriented programming for about 160 pages. By then the reader has completely forgotten about the few pages on page 5.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book misses the entire point of the "... for the Absolute Beginner" series. The premise is to ease beginners into a programming language by using games and game-programming. Dring the course of programming increasingly complex games, the reader gets masters the basics of the language. The book fails to deliver on that promise.

The games featured on the cover aren't programmed. In fact, the book teaches a very small subset of of the Java language.

Instead, the author wastes the reader's time, including a completely inapproriate introduction to UML, which does NOT help readers at this introductory level; to me it just came across as self-important.

If you want a gentle introduction to Java, I'd recommend "Java for Dummies" by Burd for a nice on-ramp to the language, or "Head First Java" by Sierra and Bates if you plan to do more serious work (I know, it sounds bizarre, but it's true).

If you want to see what this book should have been, compare it to another title in the series, "Python for the Absolute Beginners (2nd ed)." That book keeps the game-focus while doing a marvelous job of teaching the language. It also contains one of the best discussions of references/aliasing I've read.

I usually donate my sub-par books to the library. I trashed this one to spare any others the pain.
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Format: Paperback
When this book says it is aimed at the absolute beginner it means beginner to programming rather than a programmer with no experience of Java. The book's format of making the topic interesting by gradually building up examples that are games is a good concept but the book does not execute the concept very well.

In practice the book launches into Java and programming in too complex a fashion for the total beginner, there are lots of abbreviations (often not explained) and it discusses terms and concepts that are not explained until a much later and do not need to be introduced this early. It seems odd to be using terms like how many bits a data type has without explaining the term, particularly considering the audience of this book. References to hex and octal are not explained, and as you go into chapter 3 the book covers methods of the random and math class before covering how to use "if" and even what classes are. The flow and structure of this book feels very awkward, covering try/catch and the basics of exception handling very early in the book before the total novice even knows WHAT you are trying to catch and why.

The general jokey examples such as snippets of song lyrics and how to add comments around them, or a fortune teller routine demonstrating random numbers that print text such as "You will talk to someone who has bad breath" seem aimed more at attracting kids that want to write simple games on their home computers rather than someone who wants to learn Java and computer programming for professional reasons. If you are serious about learning Java, try the latest editions of either "Head First Java" or "Core Java" and skip this book. If you have never programmed at all, first try "Sams Teach Yourself Beginning Programming in 24 Hours".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aquarius on May 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I liked this book. It's easy to read, most of it anyway. There are some parts more complex. This book builds upon knowledge with each chapter. The screen shots are impossible to read,... but if you try the programs out yourself, this should not be a problem. Besides that's the best way to learn any programming language anyway. Chapter 5 is where the real OO starts. If you already know someother programming language you'd probably skip very fast through chapters 1 to 4. But you'd probably still need to read through them. This is just one of the manny many programming books out there. Which one do you choose? If you just have to read, go through this book, because you 'have' to for 'some' programming course/class, then you might not like this book. But if you are new to java, and REALY are interested in learning it, then this book is not a bad choice at all.

Learning C as a basis for programming is also a good idea. It my even make going through this book a (lot) easier. Besides you then have annother language to add to your list of know programming languages. C Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 2nd Editionis good book for learning the basic of C.
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