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Starting Out with Java: Early Objects (4th Edition) (Gaddis Series) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132164764
ISBN-10: 0132164760
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About the Author

Tony Gaddis is the principal author of the Starting Out with series of textbooks. He has nearly two decades of experience teaching computer science courses, primarily at Haywood Community College. Tony is a highly acclaimed instructor who was previously selected as the North Carolina Community College Teacher of the Year, and has received the Teaching Excellence award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. The Starting Out with series includes introductory textbooks covering Programming Logic and Design, Alice, C++, Java, Microsoft Visual Basic, and Python.

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Product Details

  • Series: Gaddis Series
  • Paperback: 1128 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (December 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132164760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132164764
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been studying from this textbook for a community college class where we are using Java to do our programming assignments for over 2 weeks now. I like the book, as I liked this author's C++ text. The author teaches introductory material well. I like the questions he includes - both his checkpoint questions throughout the chapter and his end of chapter questions as well.

There are a number of appendices that the author wrote for the book, which are referred to as going up to 'L'. Unfortunately only appendix A is actually in the book. The rest are referred to as being on the web.

Except that they aren't. (See
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I found a reference on the Pearson website saying they were expected to be there by Aug 25 and today is September 5/2011. I really use these appendices. (Yes, I wrote to Pearson - no acknowledgement of my first email. I sent a second today)

Before you buy this book, check the Pearson site and make sure all the content is there. I'm sure you will be happy with it once the publisher completes the publication.
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This book has clear, understandable examples and plenty of exercises, but uses too many words.

After a while I no longer bother to read the text. Most of the example programs are well-documented and self-explanatory. I then study the key terms and concepts. Then I look up and memorize answers to the questions. Finally I study the odd-numbered programming challenges' source code before attempting even-numbered problems myself. The answers and source codes are available on Chegg.

Be sure to type source codes yourself and understand everything you type, whether it is examples or your own programs.
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I really enjoyed this book. The depth of detail the authors go into in each chapter is unlike any other programming book I've come across. The authors do a good job of creating multiple situations and providing numerous examples. Anyone who is new to programming or object-oriented languages will benefit from this book. The problems they provide at the end of each chapter are good also.

My biggest gripe would be the length of each chapter. Each chapter averages about ~50 pages. The reason is that the authors include some subjects that would of been better suited for a later chapter. For example, they introduce the very basics of JOption in the beginning chapters, then come back to it in more detail six or seven chapters later. They really could of just left that out and or briefly mentioned in the earlier chapters.
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I used this in a beginning Java class and appreciated its concise, easy to read style. The flow of the book is good, everything is learned in the proper order and my professor didn't have the need to skip around the book, we just moved through sequentially. The exercises reinforce the lessons well.

I have continued to learn from it, advancing through the later chapters between semesters.
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The book was what I requested and even had the access code although I did not need it. It arrived on time and in great condition.
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Ordered this and received in 3 days. Perfect condition, not even a scratch. Awesome seller. Haven't start to work on the book, just look through it and it looks like just the thing i want.

Very good starter book, and leads you to more complicated Java. If you are a starter like me, you will like it. If my idea changes while i'm studying I'll update this comment.
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Some text books are a chore to read but this one was a pleasure. I've read other computer science books that seem to be trying to talk over your head but this one was very understandable and I was able to learn a lot pretty easily. I only rented it for a semester and was a little sad when it was time to send it back.
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Excellent book for an introduction to Java. Tons of examples, which made concepts easier to understand. My only complaint would be that each chapter packs a lot of information in, which sometimes makes it difficult to thoroughly understand all points covered in a chapter. Overall, a great book for Java newbies.
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