Ivor Horton's Beginning Java 2 Paperback – Dec 31 2004
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From the Back Cover
Combining simplicity with power, Java has become the object-oriented language of choice for Internet programming and cross-platform applications. This comprehensive and easy-to-use guide provides you with the essential information you'll need to know in order to develop dynamic programs using the Java 2 Standard Edition 5.0 or later.
You'll be introduced to the fundamental ideas about the structure of Java programs and how they work. You'll gain a clear understanding of all the latest features of the Java language as well as the key packages in the Java class library. And with the help of numerous working examples, you'll find out how to apply the material so you can write your own full-featured applications and applets.
This book teaches you how to start programming in Java, covering everything from putting together statements and performing calculations to applying the capabilities provided by the Java class libraries, and much more.
What you will learn from this book
- The basics of how the Java language works
- Ways to apply key language elements
- Methods for storing data in a program
- How to define and utilize classes
- How to create applets for use in interactive Web pages
- Techniques for implementing an application with a graphical user interface
- How to use the JDBC capability to work with relational databases
- All the skills to become a knowledgeable Java programmer
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who wants to explore how Java works and discover how to write fully featured and effective Java programs. No previous Java experience is necessary.
About the Author
Ivor Horton started out as a mathematician, but shortly after graduating, he was lured into messing about with computers by a well-known manufacturer. He has spent many happy years programming occasionally useful applications in a variety of languages as well as teaching mainly scientists and engineers to do likewise. He has extensive experience in applying computers to problems in engineering design and to manufacturing operations in a wide range of industries. He is the author of a number of tutorial books on programming in C, C++, and Java. When not writing programming books or providing advice to others, he leads a life of leisure.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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
"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.
Four stars because of (some) mistakes. Otherwise 5*.
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