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-- Praised for providing an engaging balance of thoughtful examples and explanatory discussion, best-selling author Walter Savitch explains concepts and techniques in a straightforward style using understandable language and code enhanced by a suite of pedagogical tools. Absolute Java is appropriate for both introductory and intermediate programming courses introducing Java.
Chapter 1 Getting Started 1
Chapter 2 Console Input and Output 57
Chapter 3 Flow of Control 95
Chapter 4 Defining Classes I 167
Chapter 5 Defining Classes II 253
Chapter 6 Arrays 339
Chapter 7 Inheritance 419
Chapter 8 Polymorphism and Abstract Classes 473
Chapter 9 Exception Handling 513
Chapter 10 File I/O 567
Chapter 11 Recursion 639
Chapter 12 UML and Patterns 677
Chapter 13 Interfaces and Inner Classes 699
Chapter 14 Generics and the ArrayList Class 747
Chapter 15 Linked Data Structures 791
Chapter 16 Collections, Maps and Iterators 889
Chapter 17 Swing I 933
Chapter 18 Swing II 1011
Chapter 19 Java Never Ends 1077
Chapter 20 Applets and HTML (online at www.aw.com/savitch)
Appendix 1 Keywords 1131
Appendix 2 Precedence and Associativity Rules 1133
Appendix 3 Unicode Character Set 1135
Appendix 4 Format Specifications for printf 1137
Appendix 5 Summary of Classes and Interfaces 1139
Posted June 2, 2013
My comments are largely targeted at the Nook Study version of this book, though the book itself has some limitations; it's 2 weeks into the class so I can't comment on whether there are a lot of them, but one glaring omission so far is that there's no list of how to specify different types of constants (e.g. a long integer, a float decimal, etc.).
Please note: the Nook Study version is not available for use on an e-reader; you must use the B&N app on your computer. It is not clear whether the MyProgrammingLab / eText access is included in the NookStudy version. If so, the NookStudy version is a waste of money, as MyProgrammingLab includes the eText version.
Speaking of the eText version: the navigation is far clumsier than a regular ebook would be. Searching is difficult (and results appear to be presented in random order), and you can't go from one instance to another easily. Scrolling simply doesn't work. Highlighting is a pain, and I can't imagine using such a tool for any meaningful note-taking. It's possible that the Nook Study version may work better in that regard. The MyProgrammingLab exercises have numerous errors as well.
If you want an ebook version, I would recommend you look at Amazon / Kindle instead. It does not appear that the Kindle version suffers from the same platform limitations as the Nook Study variant does. You can purchase the online access separately.
Posted September 18, 2013
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