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Programming And Problem Solving With Java
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2010
As one of the authors of this book, I would like to point out that most of the reviews that Amazon shows for it are actually for a book with a different title that was written nearly 10 years ago. It is still true, however, that the book is not meant for experienced programmers who want a complete guide to Java. It was developed for beginning programming classes, including those that prepare high school students for the AP Computer Science exam, and for independent study. It gradually develops the basic concepts of algorithmic, object-oriented problem solving, using the Java programming language. Because many introductory programming classes do not use GUI interfaces, the book includes these in optional sections at the end of each chapter. Those who want to learn the fundamental concepts of event-driven Swing interfaces will find them covered in these sections (the GUI material is not meant to be a complete reference to Swing, which would require introducing concepts that go well beyond a first course in programming). The chapters have multiple short example programs or Java classes, and conclude with a detailed case study that develops a longer program. In addition, the second edition of the book introduces a new feature (Software Maintenance Case Study) in each chapter that addresses the skills of reading, debugging, and/or modifying an existing program, which are an important aspect of software development. The book is printed in full color, and includes a CD in the back with all of the code.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
it is really a good textbook for those who learn Java programming from the beginning. but I cant find the CD in the back cover when i received it.
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on September 6, 2014
I'm actually really surprised at the one star reviews for this book. I agree the book does go step by little step, which can be frustrating if you are familiar with programming at all or catch on really fast. I'm currently finishing up Java 2 at school (with perfect scores on all my assignments) while using the book Java Programming by Joyce Farrell. I could not have done a single assignment after Chapter 3 without looking online with that book because it's just horrible at explaining concepts and bringing it all together.

This book starts from the very beginning, explaining just about everything. Sure, it may seem slow moving but in my experience down the line learning the most minute things will pay off. I'm learning about swing and gui applications, yet until I started reading this book I had to constantly search only for advice about syntax, structure, how constructors work, how methods work, etc. Once you start getting into multiple methods, super classes, and a host of java classes it can get really confusing really fast. This book slowly walks you through things and is very upfront about what it doesn't offer (such as a lot about applets).

This book can be bought for very cheap now and I highly recommend it if you are new to java in addition to whatever text you're taking for your class. Even if you're learning on your own and going through the Oracle tutorials it can be very hard to understand what they're talking about without background knowledge. This book provides that.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2002
The authors follow the outline they used to write their C++ book, and it just doesn't seem to work for Java. They usually provide one programming example in each chapter. Many times it is the same ole program enhanced. There really NEEDS to be more programming examples to reinforce and to show how to apply the programming techniques presented in the chapter. They use the same programming problem exercises they published in their C++ book. Java is more of a GUI language. It is not like the "black screen" algorithm, mathematical equation programming language that their C++ book teaches. Maybe these people are not Java programmers, but textbook writers, and this was the easiest way to produce a Java textbook. I guess you could say these authors have perfected the "turnkey" method for writing a programming language textbook. Many, and I mean many of the programs printed in the text have errors or typos. Swing is not covered. The authors do not provide a CD. This is a very expensive ... misstake. Don't buy this book if you want to learn Java. Buy the Sun Java books or go to the Sun website and go through the tutorials and documentation. The "Java Black Book" is a good reference if you have a specific question or need further explanation on using a technique or function. There are other Java websites that will teach you Java better than this book does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is very easy reading. Full of great examples. The price was also better than my University book store (50% mark down). I got an "A" in the course. Thanks AMAZON!!!!
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on February 18, 2010
This book goes too in depth into aspects of Computer Engineering that doesn't really pertain and doesn't spend enough effort explaining java code. Many of the examples work off of the examples in past chapters, so you can't skip anything. In addition, many updates to past chapter's codes are given in the same form a code examples that are shown for explanation purposes only, so you will skip code updates and not realize it until later code won't compile. Other code update examples are given without specifying which class they go to. However, they do include the source code for the book to help you unscramble the mess.

Despite the many problems with the books examples, it is still a good book for absolute beginners with little computer knowledge, but for the price there are better books out there. If you have some preexisting knowledge, I've been using Core Java Fundamentals; it's a much better book at a much lower price. (I had to buy this book for a college Java class.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2009
I have gone through a few Java books, including one for college. This has been the easiest to understand. Now, I 'get' Java.
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on February 25, 2015
A good book on Java. One of the only college textbooks that I decided to keep. I used the Eclipse IDE and followed along just fine. Will probably go back to this book when I go back to Java.
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on May 4, 2013
The book 'Programming and Problem Solving With Java' is perfect for self-study because of its clear structure, rich content and the various practical exercises.
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on February 13, 2013
I plan to use it in my college curriculum.

The price is good that this is a lucrative deal.

It looks fine although it is a used book.
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