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Java 1.4 Game Programming with CDROM [Paperback]

Andrew Mulholland , Glenn Murphy
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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February 2003 Wordware Game and Graphics Library
Covers all of the key elements in Java which are required for creating games, as well as significant new features which have become available with the release of the latest version 1.4 from Sun. Softcover. CD-ROM included.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, full of good ideas. Aug. 5 2013
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This book is just what I wanted, the best book on the market and has shown me many good apps.
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2.0 out of 5 stars pretty poor Sept. 4 2003
a small percentage of this book is really about actual game programming. most of it is just a general tutorial of java (and a poor one too). if your a complete beginner, you'd be much better off using the FREE tutorial off sun's site and buying a other game book. also, the writing style is poor, inprecise, and wastefull. a typical example would be something like
ok we have made it this far but there still is a lot to go. take a break and get a drink of your coffee, which is probably cold by now. Inheritence is used to implement a is-a relationship
you get the point. i got the sense too the authors weren't really experts. atleast where their not nearly experts enough to be writing a book. don't buy this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars High School Student's Best Friend Dec 9 2004
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I teach an introduction to Java grade 11 course and the Advanced Placement grade 12 course. My strongest students often want to write 'cool' applications that are typically beyond the scope of High School Computer Science (even the Advanced Placement track). So I picked this book up on a whim after a colleague recommended it. It was exactly what my students needed to jump start them writing 'cool' little programs.
I must agree with the bulk of the reviewers. This book is not for people who have a degree in Computer Science and now want to write games - don't waste your money. On the other hand, most high school students will find this book very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but lacks 3D information June 24 2004
I just picked up this book used at a very good price. Then read some of the reviews and was worried. Well for me being that my Java skills require a tutorial review I though the book was very good. Having read some Java books and not completely grasping it this books tutorial hit the spot. Of course the book is supposed to be about creating games not teaching the basics and it does look a bit light on game thoery then I would expect. However as a budding Java programmer this book hit the spot. Experienced Java developers may want to pass on this title.
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While not THE worst Java game programming book I have seen, it certainly is one of them. This is a 2003 title which adds practically nothing that hasn't been available for free on the net since '98. If you are looking for a legitimate guide on Java game dev, the book these two jokers have written is certainly NOT it. Short and sweet, this is a complete and utter waste of time.
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