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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Very good to excellent, but . . .

I recommend this book. I bought it to supplement a college textbook (the third edition, 2010, of Elizabeth Sugar Boese's inadequate "An Introduction to Programming with Java Applets," which focuses on the wrong things). I was not disappointed -- I soon began using the...
I recommend this book. I bought it to supplement a college textbook (the third edition, 2010, of Elizabeth Sugar Boese's inadequate "An Introduction to Programming with Java Applets," which focuses on the wrong things). I was not disappointed -- I soon began using the Sam's book instead of the textbook, because:
1. Most of it is written clearly and concisely.
2. It is better organized, because, for one thing, it introduces variables -- the heart and soul of all programming -- earlier than the Boese book does. As a programmer with 25 years' experience, I hereby assure you that variables should always be in Chapter One of all programming books, regardless of programming language, and especially in a language like Java that has so many different types of variables.
3. It focuses on other things in addition to just GUI programming (the Boese book focuses exclusively on GUI to the detriment of other important concepts).
4. It provides a link to a website from which one can download a program editor (NetBeans) superior to the one my college asked us to use.
5. I like the author's sense of humor.
This book is not without problems:
1. Chapters 10 through 12 seem to have been written by someone else, someone not interested in explaining anything, someone who seems to have forgotten that one must DEFINE a new word before one can use it in a sentence, and that said definition must be written in clear, understandable language, and must be accompanied by clear examples. Chapters 10 through 12 use one undefined term after another, over and over again, in sentence after sentence, until the whole chapter deteriorates into an incomprehensible mess. Then, surprisingly, subsequent chapters that use the concepts so poorly presented in chapters 10 through 12 are perfectly understandable again. As I said, it is as though chapters 10 through 12 were written by someone else.
2. There should be a readily-accessible chart, for example in an appendix, that shows all types of variables Java uses (at least, as of the date of the writing of the book), what type of data each can contain, and, most importantly, HOW MUCH data each can contain, that is the number of digits, or minimum and maximum numerical values, each numeric variable can hold. This fundamental, elementary piece of information is critically important, and so should not be hidden in the middle of a chapter!
Even so, my bottom line remains that, despite its flaws, this book is superior to the others I've seen, even "Java for Dummies," and I recommend it.

posted by Jefferson_Thomas on July 13, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Source Code Mangled Can't Be Read in Most Examples

Most examples from Ch1-8 have mangled text in the source code of the examples. Caveat Emptor if you are considering using the Nook edition, you will have to download the source from the author's personal web site, because the source code from the nookBook edition is ne...
Most examples from Ch1-8 have mangled text in the source code of the examples. Caveat Emptor if you are considering using the Nook edition, you will have to download the source from the author's personal web site, because the source code from the nookBook edition is nearly impossible to get to run. Examples are missing semicolons, missing braces, mismatched single and double quotes, along with text that is mangled. I highly recommend you purchase the text book version. I've emailed the author with no response. This nookBook appears to be missing a quality control step for the source code.

posted by BrianJester on March 7, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    The best Java book, bar none

    This is by far the best book I have seen on Java. What others do poorly in 1000 pages, Cadenhead does well in 400. Explanations of OOP and other aspects of Java are clear and concise. Even for those with no programming experience, this is the one. For those with programming experience in low level languages, this is also the one, but you can skip the first 4-5 chapters. Hour 11 clarified OOP for me in 12 pages. An easy read with excellent examples, each followed by line-by-line clear explanations. Covers GUI & Swing in 4 chapters (60 pages of easy and entertaining reading). Has all you will need to start programming in Java.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    GREAT for just learning Java

    First, this book was the first book that actually HELPED me LEARN Java, not like the others I read that just made me curious to the language. The first half or so of the book is oriented around getting the basics of the language down, and defining some of the major parts of Java(classes, methods, etc.), then the rest builds on that, and focuses largely on the GUI(Graphic User Interface-Buttons, textboxes, etc.) aspects of it. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone wanting to get their feet wet in Java.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    Great for beginers

    Great for beginers. Easy to folow. Learn how to use java quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    Begginers Opinion

    I skimmed through 3 Java 2 books before I finnaly spotted this one. I partially understood HTML and could make a few little tricks with Javascript(if copy and paste counts). In the first five chapters I was convinced that learning Java was going to be a breeze, and I was right. This book taught me everything I needed to know with many anologies and real life situations. The question and answer part was very assuring and made it to where you understood the chapter. This is the first, and last, Java book I will ever need to buy. Its almost like learning basic math all over again! It is worth the money and the best begginers book ever. (I'm still a pre-teen and I know Java 2!). Its also one of the cheapest books to come with an intergrated site and step by step instructions on how to download Java software. IF YOU NEED TO LEARN JAVA IN 24 HOURS THIS IS THE BOOK. A PRIMATE COULD LEARN THIS STUFF!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Outstanding. Very well written

    The absolute best beginners book in print. I should know. I spent over $120 bucks before I found this book and still couldn't program. Thanks to Mr. Cadenhead for writing a book that everyone can understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2001

    Excellent Beginners Book

    The book is well written, the examples are explaned line by line. The examples are 'real world' and useful. There is a web page with all the code for end of chapter assignments that is great. The author is also entertaining, making the reading almost fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    Pretty Good For A Beginner

    It's very useful for a new programmer of Java language. It's better than another Idiot's book for Java 2, I learned nothing from that book. But this book give me a brand new look at java.

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