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Teach Yourself Java 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0078825709
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"A structured, lesson-oriented approach that builds skills progressively...uses a fantastic book format which will definitely teach you Java." -- Robert Hurd, Code Collection web site, codecollection.com. March 2000

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Follow the Teach Yourself Path to Marketable Programming Skills -- The single easiest way to master Java programming.

Java is hot -- and Teach Yourself Java makes it easy to master Java and create real-world applications and applets in no time. Written by Java expert Joseph O'Neil and edited by Teach Yourself series editor Herb Schildt, this book provides a proven methodology designed to help you build skills immediately.

Osborne's Teach Yourself series gives programmers of every skill level a structured, lesson-oriented approach that builds skills progressively. For each concept, you begin with a summary and then get hands-on practice with increasingly challenging, real-life exercises. Next, you test your knowledge using the valuable Skills Checks and move ahead to learn about the next concept. A cumulative skills review at the end chapter serves as your own private "final exam." Highlighted keywords throughout give you the added benefit of having a Java reference tool at your fingertips.

What's the single easiest way to learn today's hottest programming languages?

Teach Yourself. Created by Osborne's #1 programming author Herb Schildt, the Teach Yourself series offers a unique methodology that allows you to learn at your own pace, and in your own way. Begin working your own Teach yourself program today!

Inside, you'll Teach Yourself how to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of object-oriented programming
  • Master the features of the Java language
  • Understand the packages in the Java Developer Kit (jkd)
  • Build your own classes, interfaces, and packages
  • Use streams for input and output
  • Design multi-threaded programs
  • Construct client/server software
  • Apply the delegation event model
  • Create user interfaces with the awt and Swing classes
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 707 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078825709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078825705
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book deserves a much higher profile. People usually associate the Teach Yourself series with SAMS, but this is from OSBORNE so be careful and get this one. I browsed through about a dozen titles before finding this one, and can honestly say that it gives the clearest, most lucid and understandable instruction in the Java language of any tutorial out there. I also liked the fact that it covers the java.net package which is one of the primary reasons for using java in the first place. This isn't a huge book, it's just big enough with a complete index and you get more for $23.99 than books costing more. Full of thoughtful examples and useful quizzes with well-explained answers.
I was pleased to see the other very positive reviews on this and hope that Mr. O'Neil is working hard on the second edition, and possibly even an intermediate book on Java. This needs to be your choice if you are looking for a solid intro to Java.
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Before I read this book, I did not understand the basics of Object Oriented Programming. Reading "Teach Yourself Java" has given me that understanding, and it has made me feel that I have a solid foundation in Java. The strengths of this book are its no-nonsense, crisp explanations, its excellent examples, and its many interesting exercises. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is not already an expert programmer and wishes to learn Java.
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First of all, this book is very well written. The examples are short and very concise. I personally learn by typing the examples and I like them to be short and to the point! This book is also very good from the aspect of not holding you back. It covers very basic control structures through sockets! I also like the fact that there are 394 examples you can download from the web easily. This is definately more ecological. Now some bad ... 1) The 394 examples that can be downloaded are not categorized! BUMMER. You must sift through all of them to figure out which ones apply to your current chapter, although some titles do make this easier. 2) If you are like me and constantly use the index to search for stuff ... you probably won't like this one. 3) Out of 707 pages, 170 of them are dedicated to answering end of chapter questions. That is 24% of the book! I don't consider this a plus. I would have preferred to download answers instead of downloading examples! SUMMERY: This book teaches programming in JAVA without getting bogged down in all the available pre-written web stuff ... although it does cover some web applications. It doesn't hold you back and doesn't assume that you already know a programming language. If you do know C++, you can navigate this book rather quickly and be up and running fast! I'm very happy with this book overall.
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This is a great book for beginners trying to learn Java. The hands-on approach with simple exercises allows practice on the syntax and rules without complicating the logical process. However, finishing the book will not make one an expert in Java. Another thing I liked in-particular, is the fact that this book keeps with stand-alone applications and does not jump back and forth between Applets and Applications, therefore confusing the issues for the reader. I tried four different books all with beginners in mind, and I settled with this, because of its simple and to the point interface in approaching the subjects. All and all, a good book for beginners and a fast tutorial for more experienced programers wishing to learn Java
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If you are a beginner, this is the book you need to have to in order to learn java. It's very simple to follow,excellent examples, and most important one line of thought. I really enjoyed reading and applying this book. I will definetely buy the updated version of Mr. O'neil or other of his books... great job!!! job well done....
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This is an excellent book for beginner. All chapters are explained in systematic, simple, clear and easy to understand manner. A must have book for beginner.
This may not be suitable for veteran.
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I was having a hard time understanding Java Exceptions/throw/throws. I read the chapter on Exceptions in this book. The chapter was full of short code examples that makes it easy to understand. I also loved the pre/post quiz and exercises. The writing appears to be very good.

The best Java book for beginners has to be Kathy Sierra's Head First Java. Although, Some think that that should be used as a supplement book. The second best beginner's book is Herb Schildt's beginning java. I would place this book 3rd. I would not purchase Ivor Horton's book or the Java in 24hours. However, Murach's Java 2 is an excellent combination of reference & learning material.
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Mister O'Neil has chosen very effective strategy. Every chapter composed of a short theoretical introduction and working examples demonstrating the theory in practice. Definitely my level of Java programming has been considerably improved after reading this book. I would recommend this book for those readers who want to step up from beginning to intermediate level of Java programming.
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