- Series: Sams Teach Yourself in 24 Hours Series
- Paperback: 429 pages
- Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (February 18, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672316307
- ISBN-13: 978-0672316302
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,777,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours 1st Edition
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From Library Journal
Cadenhead's Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours is a definite beginner's book, a self-tutorial in 24 one-hour chapters. The guides on networking, Threads (the ability of Java to multitask by allowing for multiple processes and actions at the same time), and Swing (a powerful Java interface package for visual design) are for advanced Java programmers but will fit well within most libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours is a step-by-step tutorial broken up into 24 short, easy one-hour chapters. It starts out at a lower level than Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, and takes things at a slower pace, focusing on key programming concepts and essential Java basics. The basic structure of the book and many of its examples remain the same in this new edition, but the author makes use of dozens of reader comments to make improvements to explanatory text and example programs. Additionally, fresh material will cover new components of Java 2, including Java Foundation Classes, Java2D classes for two-dimensional image manipulation, and JavaBeans--a feature of Java 1.1 that has become a key part of Java programming.
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Cadenhead keeps his explanations simple, so the reader never feels lost. Each chapter is very clear, yet they're short enough that he really can teach you Java in just 24 short hours. And yes, he sprinkles humor throughout the chapters, which keeps the whole book feeling lively. To illustrate how Java implements arithmetic, he defines a Java object named Elvis, representing "a fictional person whose weight loss and gain can be tracked with mathematical expressions..."
I tried nearly a dozen Java books to find one with the right "tone," and this is the one that's become my favorite. The chapters all go by fast, so it gets you "up and running" nice and quick. Einstein once said that you have to understand a topic deeply before you're able to explain it simply. Reading this book, I got the feeling that Rogers Cadenhead is a very intelligent man who is doing just that: He's cheerfully distilling Java down to its clear, simple essence.
And even though this book was originally written many years ago, the author still maintains its web site, where you can view sample code and possible solutions to the exercises at the end of each chapter. And remember, it's a lot cheaper now than a newer book would be, while still teaching you all the basics of the Java language. Since releasing this book, the author's released some new books about Java, which I'm also hoping to read. But that's really just a testament to how much I liked this book...
This book was simple and clear, concise and complete, and instead of being intimidating, it's fun. Each chapter ends with a good review summary, along with some useful "activities" you can use to practice what you've learned. And there's also funny multiple choice quizzes at the end of the chapter which review the biggest points, offering you some silly alternate choices that break the tension, and that might even help you remember some of the newer vocabulary words. I'd recommend this book if you're looking for a fun but intelligent read that makes Java seem clear and simple.
I think, however, that Sams should write an "Introduction to Modern Programming" or something like that, a sort-of C, C++, Java "primer."
"if" Statements, and variables, and ints and Strings, etc., etc. are all relatively similar in C and its "offspring"--C++ and Java. Each of these books seems to start with chapter after chapter explaining variables and then the logic of loops, etc., which are all about the same thing for all three languages.
Rather than wasting pages and pages in each book, why not have a cheap 5- or 6-chapter book explaining the data types and loop structures so that the C and C++ and Java books can then actually discuss what makes their language different from the others, and how to more effectively use it to get done what you need to accomplish.
All-in-all, however, this book wasn't bad as a primer for people who want to learn Java. Just make sure you use Sun's on-line tutorial as well. Good luck!
Most recent customer reviews
I would recommend it to beginners, but it is a very slow process of learning, unlike the other books I've read. After all, it is for beginners!Read more