- Series: Java Series (Sun Microsystems Pr)
- Paperback: 737 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall Ptr; Bk&CD-Rom edition (January 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0130819336
- ISBN-13: 978-0130819338
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 7 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,287,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Core Java 1.2 : Volume 1 Fundamentals Bk&CD-Rom Edition
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If you need to get something done in Java, Core Java 1.2, Volume 1--Fundamentals is one of the best books you can turn to for assistance. It's devoid of shaky, academic examples and packed with robust demonstrations that illustrate hundreds of powerful concepts.
This book begins with an explanation of the Java programming and execution environments in general terms and then provides specific examples of how to put key parts of the core packages to work. The authors back up the many examples with sharp, fact-rich commentary on how to get things done with Java. This volume covers data structures, object orientation, events, applets, input/output, and Swing.
A quick note: though the title of this book includes the words Java 1.2, the Java examples appear to be based on a very late beta and effectively cover what's now called Java 2. JavaSoft changed the name of the software during the final stages of testing--after the authors had finished this book. --David Wall
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Java 2 platform was formerly code-named JDK 1.2
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For a beginner who has no programming experience whatsoever, this is probably not a good book on its lonesome, for it does not go over the programming basics very much. However, for someone who has done a little bit of C or even Pascal, it might work well.
So essentially, if you're looking to learn about Swing, I/O, or the ideas and techniques behind OOP in Java, this book works well. If you want something more or less advanced that perhaps covers more ground, look elsewhere.
The tone was conversational, and there were lots of high-level discussion paragraphs (for me, this is good, because I hate thinly disguised reference material). The whys are covered, as well as the whats and hows. Maybe this book isn't appropriate for people coming from other backgrounds, but I think it's ideal for VB developers who want to learn about Java - not just semantic differences, but the core philosophical undercurrents of both language. (Note - the book is peppered with mini-sidebars for VB programmers and C++ programmers.)
The other problem with this book is that the authors go off on tangents in nearly every chapter, sometimes spending a mere paragraph on the fundamentals while trying to show you something "cool". Cool is for later, once you know what you're doing.
I'd recommend Beginning Java 2 by Ivor Horton over this book. Follow that up with Professional Java Programming by Brett Spell and you'll be well on your way.
However, it would be really great if I could carry a CD from home to work with Core Java (both volumes?!).
Thanks Mr. Horstman, you have really helped me.