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Revised, updated and improved once again, this is the first volume, fifth edition, of the most popular set of Java tutorials ever. Based on the Java 2 Standard Edition Platform Version 1.3, it follows the same format and structure as prior editions, except Cay Horstmann and Gary Cornell really focus on object-oriented programming while they provide a solid grounding in Java syntax and structure, classes, exception handling and debugging. No, you do not need to know C++ or GUI programming concepts, and yes, this tutorial is intended for future serious coders and developers. Expect to spend a lot more than 24 hours or seven days burning the midnight oil and walking through code to develop your diagnostic, troubleshooting and coding skills. After all, you're preparing for Volume 2 -- Advanced Programming Concepts. This book is definitely recommended.
- Horstmann and Cornell overview Java platform development along with the programming environment and then dive into the fundamentals of data structures, operators, strings and control flow.
- The authors emphasize object-oriented programming concepts following up with lessons on how to construct classes and use packages.
- They extend basic object-oriented tools with interfaces and inner classes and teach you how to use them correctly.
- Now you are ready for full-featured graphics programming as Horstmann and Cornell guide you through user interfaces and the architecture of Swing components.
- Volume I closes with excellent tutorials on exception and debugging concepts, streams, files and I/O techniques.
- This is anexcellent study guide and tutorial with a strong emphasis on good coding practices and debugging concepts -- a thorough introduction to the Java language. Code examples are not trivial or contrived toy snippets, but solid, annotated code that demonstrates concepts and solutions.
- The CD-ROM contains source code examples, J2SE Version 1.3, the Forte toolset for application development using Java Community Edition, along with trial versions of more tools and utilities.
An excellent companion volume for this tutorial is The JFC Swing Tutorial : A Guide to Constructing GUIs. More advanced students should also check out two excellent references, The Java Programming Language, Third Edition and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference.
Reviewed by RD - 12/19