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Sept. 27 2011 0470404140 978-0470404140 7
Find out why thousands have turned to Ivor Horton for learning Java

Ivor Horton's approach is teaching Java is so effective and popular that he is one of the leading authors of introductory programming tutorials, with over 160,000 copies of his Java books sold. In this latest edition, whether you're a beginner or an experienced programmer switching to Java, you'll learn how to build real-world Java applications using Java SE 7. The author thoroughly covers the basics as well as new features such as extensions and classes; extended coverage of the Swing Application Framework; and he does it all in his unique, highly accessible style that beginners love.

  • Provides a thorough introduction to the latest version of the Java programming language, Java SE 7
  • Introduces you to a host of new features for both novices and experienced programmers
  • Covers the basics as well as new language extensions and classes and class methods
  • Guides you through the Swing Application Framework for creating Swing apps
  • Uses numerous step-by-step programming examples to guide you through the development process

There's no better way to get thoroughly up to speed on the latest version of Java than with Ivor Horton's latest, comprehensive guide.


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The most thorough and accessible introduction to the Java language

Whether you want to learn Java to write customized applets to embed in your web pages or large-scale applications, this is the book for you. Ivor Horton's comprehensive and easy-to-use tutorial guide provides you with the essential know-how for developing programs using the latest Java Development Kit 7 (JDK 7). It integrates step-by-step examples with clear explanations of key concepts to clearly show you the ins and outs of Java development. As you progress through the chapters, you'll gain invaluable programming experience that will enable you to begin writing fully featured, real-world Java programs.

Ivor Horton's Beginning Java:

  • Covers the main terms and concepts that are essential to programming in Java

  • Explains what the language elements do and how you can effectively apply them in practice

  • Provides an extensive introduction to the key packages in the Java class library illustrated with full working examples

  • Walks you through building a robust application to give you a better understanding of how to apply Java in practical projects

  • Explores the XML and XSLT capability that comes with the JDK

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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About the Author

Ivor Horton is one of the preeminent authors of tutorials on the Java, C, and C++ programming languages. He is widely known for the tutorial style of his books, which provide step-by-step guidance easily understood even by first-time programmers. Horton is also a systems consultant in private practice.

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3.0 out of 5 stars An O.K. Java programming guide Aug. 8 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I did not use this book too much, since the lettering is very small. I have bad eyes and it put too much strain on my eyes.
The PDF version was more useful, since at 150% zoom on a 27" monitor, it was easier to read.
The author does a reasonably good job, since programming is a very complicated subject matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect first read July 16 2012
By A. Gift For You - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource in the electronic format May 2 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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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