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  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 7 edition (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470404140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470404140
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 5.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By nixhatter on Feb. 10 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm using this book as a replacement for my University Java programming course. I had the professor take a look and he approved. It contains pretty much everything needed to learn Java, and up to date with Java 7. It's a bit wordy, but once again it encompasses everything for a new Java programmer. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Java (beginner or experienced programmer).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A perfect first read July 16 2012
By A. Gift For You - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are looking to get into programming with Java, switching from another language, or an experienced programmer, this book offers something for everybody. It is easy to read, easy to follow, and each page brings something useful to the table. The author did a great job at approaching a hard to write about topic that is a computer language. There is no way around it, this is a great read, and a good book to start or strengthen your foundation with the animal known as Java. This is #1 in my top 10 books to learn a language from, so pick it up and give it a try!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource in the electronic format May 2 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been programming for many years now, but this was my first foray into Java programming. I just recently purchased my first tablet and purchased this first programming book in an electronic format (PDF). I downloaded an installed the JDK and JRE and followed the instructions provided. The instructions in the book were superior to those found online.

I than proceeded to write my first program and applet in 60 minutes. I've found the discussion on classes to be informative without weighing me down too much into the details, but providing enough information to jump start my training. I had tried other instruction books on the topic and found the discussions to be distracting. I'm 52 pages into the 1100+ page book and found that I really connected with this resource.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Did not like Sept. 11 2013
By Wonky Monkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think the technical topics are covered so-so. Had to use this book for a class. The book doesn't really cover topics in a very practical manner and I think goes off the deep end when it gets into multi-threading. I'll try re-reading the section but I think it was just poorly written and the example code too hard to follow. Besides, the example is a heavily contrived bank and tellers as the threads, the objects aren't broken into what would be a natural physical separation. I found it unnatural and thus hard to get into.
The worst part of the book I felt was the first person narrative. At first it seemed kind of ok but after a while it gets really annoying. First person is ok for the introduction and acknowledgements but not for "I'm going to cover file access in a few pages...". Seriously, the whole book is written in first person. For a programming book one expects third person, very detached, it is appropriate for technical matters. The first person doesn't even come off as chummy, it is more of a distraction, a strong one. I don't know why first person was chosen, maybe that's how Ivor writes all his books, but it just doesn't work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good reference book! March 17 2013
By A. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book to use as a reference. It helped refresh me on topics in java and put it in a direct and simple form that I could understand. I didn't expect this book to be that big but was glad to know I got my money's worth and then some. If you need a book as a reference for java or something to explain java concepts where you can get it then this would be a great start. No it doesn't explain everything in super detail but if you need a good general understanding of the language then try this book out.
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Great Programming Book March 5 2013
By Brandon Kelliher - Published on Amazon.com
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This gives the semi-oriented user a great advantage in learning a new programming language. The examples are relevant and the exercises at the end of each chapter make you think about how to construct a fresh program using recently learned techniques.

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