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Java Fundamentals I and II LiveLesson (Video Training) Misc. Supplies – Mar 20 2008

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Book was Better April 30 2008
By Marc Peabody - Published on
Format: Misc. Supplies
I expected to play this on my DVD player and follow along with my laptop for any step-by-step code examples. I had great hopes of seeing programming concepts creatively illustrated in ways that just can't be accomplished in a book.

Instead, my DVD player didn't recognize the discs and I could only play them on my computer. This was basically fourteen hours of staring at code already written in a NetBeans editor while a faceless (and somewhat monotone) voice explained how the code works. The mouse pointer moves around or highlights some text to point out a particular area of code, the lessons sometimes shift to JavaDoc or a diagram, and you see Paul's face while he gives the intro and summary of each lesson... but it wasn't enough to keep me engaged.

Most if not all of the examples come from the book Java How to Program by Deitel & Associates, also around a hundred bucks. Personally, I'd prefer the book. If I'm staring at a pre-existing code sample, it's easier to read on paper. This does come with a small supplemental book with code samples but it's black and white, whereas the Java How to Program is in beautiful color.

Overall, this LiveLessons DVD pack isn't horrible - I simply think the Deitel book is a better value and I can only recommend this DVD product if you have two hundred dollars to spend and you wish to buy both the Java How to Program book and purchase this LiveLessons as a supplemental to break up the pace of your reading (it's a big book).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great course to learn Java Jan. 20 2010
By JUG Lugano - Published on
Format: Misc. Supplies
Original review by Biagio Beatrice, JUG Lugano [...]

Java Fundamentals I and II is a multimedia Java programming language course. It's composed by 14 hours of video tutorials in 2 Dvd plus one book with code used in the video tutorials.
In the first Dvd, 7 hours of video are dedicated to the basic Java concepts: statements, classes and objects.
In the second dvd are approached the object oriented concept like inheritance and polymorphism.
In both Dvd there are tutorials about Netbeans and Eclipse very useful to the beginners.

The course don't need to be installed, there's a software that play video tutorials, you put inside and go. It run on Windows 2000, XP , Vista and on Mac but not on Linux (!!) you should use wine to run it on Linux but i didn't tested it. It would be fine if it could run on Linux too.
The Dvd needs at least 1280x960 video resolution so should not work fine on all personal computers. The course doesn't run on a dvd player, that improvement would be nice too , because you can work on the code you're learning while watching it on Tv.

The interface is simple and very easy to use.
Video tutorials are in English, Steve Dietel talk in all of them. It is not available another language or subtitles, but the English is clear for a non English speaker too. A good improvement could be to add subtitles, so it would be easier for non English speaker to follow the course.
Another good improvement would be add a bookmark, so if you have to stop for any reason the tutorial you can easily start from that point.

The strong point of the course is the "live code" approach , that means Java concepts in a working context. I found very easy to learn while working . For a lot of people this is the best approach and it's not boring indeed. To go further there's a lot of stuff on the editor website [...].
It's not required Object Oriented programming skill to follow the course, it's easy for people that have few experience in programming. Everything you need is in the course.
A very nice feature is that after the course you learn how to help yourself with Java API, essential skill for a Java programmer.

I found Java Fundamentals very nice and complete, is highly suggested for people that never have played with Java but have generic programming skill, after the course the student will be able to write simple programs and to go further with practice. It could be a good inspiration for teacher too I suggest for the beginners to start the course following the tutorials on Netbeans or Eclipse, so you can easily repeat and improve the code of the course. Another good improvement would be to put some exercise about topic covered.

Topics covered: Introduction to Java applications, introduction to Classes and Objects, Control Statements, Methods, Arrays, Classes and Objects, Inheritance, Polymorphism, Introduction to Graphical User Interfaces and Event Handling, Exception Handling, The Collection Framework, Introduction to NetBeans, Introduction to Eclipse.
Excellent means to diversify your learning of Java July 14 2009
By Mark A. Lee - Published on
Format: Misc. Supplies
I am using this product to learn java along with a Java programming book. The instructional videos were well done as is the 120 page source code listing that comes with it. It gives me a break from working through a text book and does a great job in it's use of examples to drive home key aspects of the Java language. Excellent resource.
An outstanding package for self-learners. July 13 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Misc. Supplies
Instructor Paul Deitel has taught Java at organizations across the country, and here uses videos in a LiveLesson package to encourage a 'learn at your own pace' approach for anyone interested in self-taught Java education. It's video instruction at its best: self-paced, personal, and expert - and comes with a book supplement to the DVD course. An outstanding package for self-learners.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not interactive, won't work on macbook or DVD player April 11 2009
By Neal McBurnett - Published on
Format: Misc. Supplies
The video production qualities are good. But it doesn't play on a DVD player, and isn't interactive. And the window doesn't fit on my Macbook (which has the 1280x800 resolution which they call for), so bottom of the window is not visible and I can't pause, stop, or seek to a particular place. Not at all tolerable.

I hear that the book is better....