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Internet and World Wide Web How To Program (5th Edition) Paperback – Nov 9 2011
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"The breadth of coverage and "up-to-dateness" is impressive" Dr. Ray Stoneham, University Of Greenwich, UK --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Paul J. Deitel, CEO and Chief Technical Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc., is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he studied Information Technology. He holds the Java Certified Programmer and Java Certified Developer certifications, and has been designated by Sun Microsystems as a Java Champion. Through Deitel & Associates, Inc., he has delivered Java, C, C , C# and Visual Basic courses to industry clients, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Lucent Technologies, Fidelity, NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, the National Severe Storm Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, Rogue Wave Software, Boeing, Stratus, Cambridge Technology Partners, Open Environment Corporation, One Wave, Hyperion Software, Adra Systems, Entergy, CableData Systems, Nortel Networks, Puma, iRobot, Invensys and many more. He has also lectured on Java and C for the Boston Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. He and his father, Dr. Harvey M. Deitel, are the world’s best-selling programming language textbook authors.
Dr. Harvey M. Deitel, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc., has 45 years of academic and industry experience in the computer field. Dr. Deitel earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the MIT and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He has 20 years of college teaching experience, including earning tenure and serving as the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Boston College before founding Deitel & Associates, Inc., with his son, Paul J. Deitel. He and Paul are the co-authors of several dozen books and multimedia packages and they are writing many more. With translation published in Japanese, German, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Polish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Urdu and Turkish, the Deitels’ texts have earned international recognition. Dr. Deitel has delivered hundreds of professional seminars to major corporations, academic institutions, government organizations and the military.
Abbey Deitel, President of Deitel & Associates, Inc., is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she studied Industrial Management. She has been managing the business operations of Deitel & Associates, Inc. for 14 years. Abbey, along with Paul Deitel and Dr. Harvey Deitel, is the co-author of iPhone for Programmers and Android for Programmers, and she had contributed to numerous other Deitel publications.
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I recommend skimming the chapters as you'll know what's possible. That way, when you think of something you can refer to the pages that contain that skill to learn.
My one major disappointment with this book is that it is not in color like the other Deitel books I have used. I find the color coded text very helpful when looking at the code samples. For $100 I would expect better production quality for the book. You can download all of the code samples and your HTML editor will color code the files, but I would like to see it in the book as well.
I have lots of problems with this book.
First at least 5-10% of these PEARSON books are so badly manufactured that their covers disintegrate. Mine started to go about a week after I bought it. The plastic lamination (the stuff that makes it shiny) starts to peel off. I have NEVER seen this before and both my lecturer's copy and mine suffered this problem (in fairness most did not). This means that my copy is now so tatty I cannot resell it at my university's buyback. I contacted PEARSON (a huge and honorable old British company) and heard nothing back.
But that is not all. The book itself is at best a 2.5 star (the cover drags it down).
The worst authoring problem is Deitel introduces concepts out of order.
In chapter 5 or 6 he will use code that is not explained until chapter 9 or 10 - almost without any explanation so you copy code by rote..
He uses ludicrously complex multi-page scripts to explain a simple points (he has an affinity for dice rolling that gets in the way hysterically in one place). Really daft.
The worst learning problem ( and this is NOT just a problem with this book) is the poor choice of variable names. This might sound trivial but can increase your study load by 30-120%
My "favorite" bad variable was when the author used "canvas" as a variable for a table he was drawing in the very chapter before he was introducing the concept of the HTML Canvas (an HTML 5 replacement for most of Flash's functionality). Given his habit of introducing things out of order - I wondered what was going on.
I could go on - lots of small errors not in the errata, the web Bonus Material all being out of date (some 10 YEARS out of date), etc.
But enough is enough.
If you are setting a course book PLEASE do a bit more research.
If you are buying this for yourself I would STRONGLY suggest you buy three or four $20-30 books around the subject area. All have strengths and weaknesses and you can fill in, or emphasize any areas with the many very good resources on the internet.
You have been warned.
The book itself is a great reference, is easy to understand, and provides instructions to download the examples.