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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
Dear Prospective Buyer,

I remember that this book was the choice for my Introduction to Computer Science course and I can tell you that this book is wonderful. The inclusion of the "Wheels" library allowed for us to immediately implement object-oriented programming from the start, which elucidated a lot of the logic of Java in the beginning. This book is also well written, and the simple examples really allow one to understand the simplest case of each concept, which then allows one to generalize more easily. I found this to be an awesome textbook, and it together with my professor have left Java indelibly built into my brain. I highly recommend this book.
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on December 18, 2013
The author of the book, Dr. Sanders, was my professor for introductory Java. She explained topics fairly well, but the book was not too useful. This book is a bit confusing for use in an introductory course. It's rather wordy and can raise more questions than answers. I believe it would be best used for an intermediate/ advanced course. Still, it was better than nothing to have as a reference.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2011
Good introductory book. So I was the teaching assistant for a undergraduate course using this book. Before this, I only had 2 semester of java experience, 7 years ago in high school. This book is great for bringing me up to speed, and the students liked it because graphic approach is more fun than sorting words etc. It covers basic concepts like how to put stuff on the screen, loops, conditionals, arrays etc.

Pros: It have simple explanations with working code examples so it's easy to read. Too often do I see programming books with snippets of code that doesn't work, or have parts missing so you can't implement, or pseudo code. You can't learn a programming language without coding. This book have complete working code, and explains what the code means as well as the concept behind it in the text so you can follow along. Students with/without prior programming background were able to understand it.

The cons, ahh yes. This takes a graphical approach, so some of the things like interacting with user input (other than the mouse), data structures etc are touched only briefly. It does cover basic concepts like polymorphism, encapsulation etc so you know what they are, but don't dig deep into it. Also, there are numerous ways to implement a program, and some of the code in the book are not most efficient. But, overall it is a good book to get you started in Java but not if you already know the basics and want to be a serious programmer.
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on July 29, 2014
It's a great book that teaches a lot about java. I also had a great professor so I can't say this book taught me everything I needed to know, but it covered all the important topics. I would recommend it for anyone trying to learn java.
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on February 18, 2015
Incredible book for learning , really good for learning and developing intuition in object oriented programming.
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on September 24, 2014
Thank you for not ripping me off
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
Excellent book. I've had the honer of being in many of Prof. Sanders' classes at Rhode Island college. She is one of the best teachers I've ever had. Reading this book feels a lot like being in her classes. She makes java really easy and fun to learn. This is the first Java book, I've owned, and it's what I would recommend to anybody who wants to start learning Java, especially if it's your first programming language. Anyone can learn to code from this book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
its is difinitely a good book for a java learner or a new to java for first time. the books does not goes into detail for everything but its does a good enough job to get started.
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