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Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself) Paperback – January 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1575210308 ISBN-10: 1575210304

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Product Details

  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself
  • Paperback: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575210304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575210308
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,156,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Add interactivity and animation to your Web site and turn static plain-vanilla pages into fun, exciting multimedia presentations! This book teaches the basic concepts of object-oriented programming with Java with numerous examples and tutorials to provide hands-on practice creating Java applets. Provides a solid foundation for moving on to more sophisticated Java programming.

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Introducing the first, best, and most detailed guide to developing applications with the hot new Java language from Sun Microsystems. - Provides detailed coverage of the hottest new technology on the World Wide Web

- Shows readers how to develop applications using the Java language

- Includes coverage of browsing Java applications with Netscape and other popular Web browsers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jerry on December 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book never comes close to presenting istself as a stand alone subject for learning java. Especially not in 21 days or 100 days, I would challange if it could be done in a year. This book is poorly written with enormous amount of errors , not just in the text but in the program listing themselves. I doubt if this book was proof read or even if any of the programs where written and carried out to the extreme to see if they really worked. While this book covers a lot of topics there are poor to no examples on any of the material that is covered.
This book alone with the second edition is being used for a subject class for a college level course. The second edition is not as bad as the first , tho , what are the odds of the same program appearing in both books and in different formats and yet neither one will run when you get done. Well you just have to present them to the instructor and ask him to give it a go . oh! it wont run . maybe we ought to throw out the books. Heres an idea lets get hold of the auther , you mean they wont answer there email. WOW , and to think we buy this junk and nobody ever sits down and looks it over. Simply amazing. so if you are interested in java , i know two books at least to stay away from.
i have a library of several books that i use for reference, and i could not at this time recommend one. If there is someone out there who has some great degree of results let me know . It could also help others.
If i had to choose one it would be the " complete reference of java by Naughton / Schildt ". while not the best it does answer a lot of questions.
learing java you need to really be exposed to layouts ,events networking and windows. this book falls short on all accounts.
yes i am still working on java , i like the langauge and will learn it one way or another .
so happy programming to one and all.
do drop me a line
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is indeed a little difficult to understand. Unless you know C and or C++, it is hard to understand. There are indeed errors in the book. Is this some sort of trickery in order to be able to continue to come out with a 2nd, a 3rd, a 4th, etc. editions?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Wow this book sucks... unorganized and incomplete. The most common line was "you will learn more about that later on day xxxx"
STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The title is misleading: I was looking for a quick way to learn Java and was very disappointed. The book is filled with irrelevancies. Stay away from it if you're in a hurry. Hint: look at the number of pages...
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By eagledog on April 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have two beginning Java books, Joyce Farrel's "Java Programming: 2nd Edition" and "Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days" of the two, this book is the easier to understand. However, it doesn't push the reader to experiment with code and push themselves like the first title I mentioned does.
I have experience in other OOP languages and that may be what made this book easy for me to understand. If I try to look at this book as a beginner that has never had any programming experience I think this book would be tricky to understand. I would suggest that anybody that wants to learn any kind of programming get a good book on programming logic and learn how to write pseudo-code and flowchart before they totally imerse themselves in OOP (or procedural programming).
This book does cover almost every aspect of Java. The one that I found it lacking in, and the one I need for work, are JDBC basics. Still, I think that before tackling JDBC a person should understand the basics and this book would do a good job of that.
I have had two people recommend "Thinking in Java" by Bruce Eckel as the best book for learning Java. I have not read it but it is free for download in PDF format. I think a book like that combined with this one would be the best for anyone that wants to be a Java programmer.
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By A Customer on July 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I've just finished reading this sucker in far less than 21 days. The author didn't organize the structure well enough to maximize each day, but who's gonna read just one chapter a day anyway (Chapter 13 was thrice the length and difficulty of almost all other chapters)? Basically, if you have a good foundation in programming, especially OOP, then you'll have no trouble with this book. The authors do fairly well in explaining the concepts of basic java programming, but trudge along slowly in some sections, while moving too quickly through others. I must admit, however, this book is a good introductory text into Java, as long as you've got a solid foundation in OOP beforehand. If you're looking for anything beyond the basics, however, you won't find too much here (of course what can you expect from a 21 days book). As a desk reference it's fairly useful, if you don't have anything else designated specifically for that purpose already.
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Format: Hardcover
Open your eyes! Look past the hype, the advertising and the non-stop promotion schemes. Lemay has managed to turn a mediocre style and extremely thin technical knowlege into a career writing poor quality books that are consistently full of errors. I found more errors in this single book than I've ever found in any other book. When errors are in the code as well as the author's discussion, mere mortals like you and I have little chance of actually learning Java. As far as learning Java in 21 days, it simply cannot be done if you use this book. Beyond errors and other problems, the book fails to cover many key issues. The entire toolkit for graphical interfaces is glossed over and examined so briefly that you can't possibly learn how to create applets that really do something. Definitely look elsewhere for your Java needs
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