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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Book is okay...but... March 30 2005
By Perry Forman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a decent read. However, I just concluded a swing class. There where several examples during class where I found information thru research that there were newer and better ways to accomplish the goal.

For example, our first assignment to deal with lists, recommended using a vector. Research revealed that arraylist is recommended a newer, better version of vector. And not to use vector. However, this book has several pages dedicated to vector and none to arraylist.

Another example is that we learned in class how to use toolkit to center a window. Using this method takes several lines of code. However, research showed that since Java 1.4, they added a null parameter to the setLocationRelativeTo command, so that if null is passed the whole window is centered. Once again, the book uses the toolkit method of centering.

These are examples I am sure of. This makes me wonder how many other examples in the book make use of technology from the Java 1.3 days. I'm not sure I'm learning proper coding by studying with this book
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Do yourself a favor... Jan. 26 2005
By Riccardo Audano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unless you are one of those types that long for brevity, conciseness and the "nutshell" style this is the perfect book for you, newbie or beginner in the Java field. It gives a really extensive, friendly, smooth intro to the spirit and technique of Object Oriented Programming, the syntax and the principal areas of the language. You will also get get a sound, easy tutorial on programming with threads, graphical interfaces, parsing XML, and even java database connectivity. And it is updated to the latest release of Java, 1.5!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great start to master Java Sept. 26 2009
By P. C. Van Haren - Published on Amazon.com
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"Beginning Java 2" is a well written book, over 1400 pages, that takes you by the hand and teaches you Java in a structured manner. In 25 chapters, it handles topic after topic in the most natural way starting at the very bottom and then building upwards. The chapters nearly all follow the same structure: a quick intro on what the chapter is about, a fair chunk of text explaining the topic at hand, interleaved with concise examples demonstrating the mechanism in source code in combination with clear walk troughs, and of course a summary and exercises.

"Beginning Java 2" is thorough. It really takes 750 pages before there is sufficient foundation to start topics on windows and GUIs. But, as windows and GUIs are heavily dependent on library code written by professionals, understanding the base concepts of Java 2 is really worthwhile.

Ivor Horton's "Beginning Java 2" is pleasant to read. The style is light, it addresses the reader as a fine class room teacher would do. I've read major parts on the couch, just like bed time stories after a hard day's work.

I was very happily surprised with Ivor Horton's book "Beginning Java 2". I'd tried to learn Java before, and made some attempts using Java-in-24-hours style books and thin tutorials from the Internet. That didn't work for me. Such material brings you really up to the level "monkey-see, monkey-do", without providing any oversight or the relation between concepts. "Beginning Java 2" allows me to make a real start with Java.

In summary: this is a great book to learn Java.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
NOT An Intro to Programming May 22 2007
By cm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ivor Horton's book is very good at explaining some of the certain features of Java and providing examples of how to implement something you might want to do, such as writing to a file. Even though he starts out with variables, loops, and conditions and such, he moves very quickly and doesn't give a whole lot of explanation, so you had better be either intelligent enough to understand as you read or already have had a strong foundation in important Java concepts. Learn the OO basics like Polymorphism, inheritance, extension, objects, etc...and then pick up this book to learn the Java features. Things will make a lot more sense.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent beginner's Java tutorial Feb. 20 2006
By S. Papantoniou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the title says: "Beginning...", so the experts that wrote a review shouldnt be angry. The author explains every term he uses [excellent teaching practice!], does not assume that you should "of course" "know" this... Naturally, if you are an experieneced progammer this book may be too long, but alas: read faster in this case.

Four stars because of (some) mistakes. Otherwise 5*.


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