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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good authors, not a good reference book
If you're looking to begin your computing experience with computer programming, this is a very good foundational book. Boone and Mark hand-hold you through the process, and Java seems very simple under their tutoring. However, as I've begun to program and use this as a reference book, I have occasion to go back to it and try to find coding I'd read about, Finding...
Published on October 7, 1998 by dmulder@andrew.cmu.edu

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1.0 out of 5 stars Good from afar, but far from Good.
The authors do a good job explaining the easy conceptual stuff and simple code in the early chapters and, as a total programming neophyte, I was very impressed--at first. But when they get to more complex code examples in the middle chapters--forget it. IMO, they throw too many concepts at you, too quickly, and with poorly articulated definitions and garbled...
Published on April 28, 1999


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good from afar, but far from Good., April 28, 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
The authors do a good job explaining the easy conceptual stuff and simple code in the early chapters and, as a total programming neophyte, I was very impressed--at first. But when they get to more complex code examples in the middle chapters--forget it. IMO, they throw too many concepts at you, too quickly, and with poorly articulated definitions and garbled explanations, and you're left shaking your head, slack jawed with confusion. I don't claim to be an Einstein, but I've got a very strong conceptual and logical intelligence, years of Mac experience, plus energy and dedication to the task of learning--and I can't get through this damn book. The other frustration is the CD that came with the book. It was burned in 1996. When I loaded it on my Mac it put files in my system folder which conflicted with my other start-up items. I called the CD's manufacturer, Metrowerks, they politely washed their hands of it. Said it was written for system 7 and was, in 1999, now "out of date" and they bore no legal responsibility for it. In fact, the fine print in the back of the book says as much. OK, you got met. So I called the publisher, they agreed to "send me a replacement" book. Now I have 2 copies of this frustrating book, both with out of date software. So had to go out and get Metrowerks updated software for about $80 (which works fine), so I could use my book. Shame on you Addison Wesley, for leaving this book out on the market with apparently out of date software, and for doing such a poor quality editing job.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You can learn java on a Mac easier with another book..., December 3, 1998
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This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
Learn Java on the Macintosh just doesn't have the meat one needs to become a well-versed Java master. Including CodeWarrior actually retards learning. Restricting the user to a particular IDE, and not allowing him/her to take advantage of Apple's frequently updated MRJ SDK (a free toolset from Apple), is a painful blow.
If that were the only flaw, Mr. Boone could be forgiven, but it's not. Though the examples that are presented are easily readable and simple to perform, not enough effort has been spent by Mr. Boone to make sure his reader can expand upon these simple skills at the book's completion.
After reading the several hundred pages, the reader has done no more than been led by the hand through the most simplistic tasks (and has been tied to CodeWarrior if s/he wants to get them done).
To really get down and dirty with Java, take a look at Exploring Java By Patrick Niemeyer & Joshua Peck ISBN 1-56592-184-271-9. By the second chapter you've already been exposed to Java class hierarchies and paint methods (two topics Boone barely mentions).
It's a shame though. Mark's book on C is a wonderful volume. But Boone took too long to get going (I have an electronic copy and started printing out what I was going to actually read at page 187) and finally comes up short. Java is a field where Windows isn't the name of the game and cross-platform functionality is. Java's the perfect langauge for the Mac; the book just ain't!
Ruffin Bailey
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intermediate level, July 11, 1999
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This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
If you have no previous knowledge of any of prog_lang, start with Dori Smith book, then go to free Sun's tutorial. If you are familiar with OOP, this book will be nice transition to more advanced topics. Great book if you fit profile above. Mind you, to play around with sample code, get JDK. 3 stars, because the book should make clear that some of the later chapters are out of the reach of average beginner to programming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Less then you would expect, March 5, 1997
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This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
I am teaching Java in a middle school with only Macs in the computer lab and had picked this book for several reasons

1. I had used Learn C on the MacIntosh and was very pleased with it.

2. Code Warrior Lite was included.

I ended up apologizing to the class for having them buy the book. CW Lite should not be bundled in a book for beginners. It is cripple ware which will not let you create your own files and so is only barely useful for anything other than running the sample code.

The book itself is very disappointing. While it does do a fairly good job on the basics of the language for the most part it ignores the packages. It was hard to create interesting exercises based on what they had read in the book. While I am a firm believer in learning the basics of a language leaving the packages out to the extent which they did makes this a particularly bad book for learning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good authors, not a good reference book, October 7, 1998
This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
If you're looking to begin your computing experience with computer programming, this is a very good foundational book. Boone and Mark hand-hold you through the process, and Java seems very simple under their tutoring. However, as I've begun to program and use this as a reference book, I have occasion to go back to it and try to find coding I'd read about, Finding lost coding is almost impossible. It seems as though very little time was spent on the index and glossaries. In other books like Laura Lemay's HTML book, there was a lot of time that was spent recapping the chapter and listing all the code in a concise, timely manner. There is nothing like that in this book. It wasn't bad enough for 3 stars, but 4 stars seems a little much, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific primer for beginning programmers, January 23, 1998
This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
I've always been interested in Java and C programming, and had purchased several "beginners" books. This is one of the finest I've read. The book takes you by the hand and slowly introduces you to essential concepts as you go along, rather than throw the "vital" stuff and theory at you all at once (another beginner book called "Learn Java in 21 Days" does this, and was a very confusing book for a newbie like me - however, I am confident to return to "21 Days" now that I've read this book). The book is not all-encompassing, nor should it be. Rather, it is a perfect springboard to the rest of the Java "how-to" bookshelf. You do need your own compiler to create your own applets, but no book is going to give away fully functioning software. I recommend Metrowerks' "Discover Programming for the Macintosh" - it includes Java, C, C++ and Pascal compilers, all for around 80 bucks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner to Programming, January 31, 1998
This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
I have just started a programming class in Java at Harvard and am completely new to this field. I have the class book Java How To Program, which I found rather daunting. I bought Visual Cafe and Code Warrior software and became even more baffled. This book has enabled me to gain confidence and have a foundational understanding of what I am doing. Great beginner book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concepts Explained Beautifully, February 4, 2000
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This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
This book provides the best introduction to the concepts behind Obj-Oriented Programming I've ever seen. It makes every other attempt to reach beginners that I've read (and there were several) seem ham-handed by comparison. After reading it, I didn't feel like I was a master, but I did feel that my basics were on totally solid ground, and I had ample confidence to go to advanced-level books.
I agree with some critics that a chapter on how to use MRJ would have been a good idea. Since I had CodeWarrior Pro already, I can't comment on the software that comes with the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a programming book for non-programmers!, April 21, 1997
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This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
The book is fantastic! As a newcomer to programming, I've been looking for a book that takes the reader from square one and lays down the conceptual foundation before jumping into the particulars of the language. I've bought so many so-called "beginner" books written by programmers that have no concept of what it's like to be brand new to programming, but this book is perfect for someone like me, coming from a humanities background and suddenly in charge of a website. I think there will be a growing market for such books, and Boone's approach is perfectly suited to it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for even the non-beginner, June 23, 1998
This review is from: Learn Java(TM) on the Macintosh (Paperback)
This book was included in a software package for Metrowerks Discover Programming. I was pretty much fluent in C when starting this book, and because of that I skipped the first few chapters and one of the chapters later on, and I learned Java extremely well in just a week. This book gets pretty far into the Java programming language with multithreading, and by chapter 11 you learn how to draw graphics on the actual applet screen. I was very pleased on how great this book was.
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