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Big Java [Paperback]

Cay S. Horstmann
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24 Aug 2007 0470105542 978-0470105542 3rd Edition
No one brews up a better Java guide than Cay Horstmann and in this Third Edition of Big Java he′s perfected his recipe. Thoroughly updated to include Java 6, the Third Edition of Horstmann′s bestselling text helps you absorb computing concepts and programming principles, develop strong problem–solving skills, and become a better programmer, all while exploring the elements of Java that are needed to write real–life programs.

A top–notch introductory text for beginners, Big Java, Third Edition is also a thorough reference for students and professionals alike to Java technologies, Internet programming, database access, and many other areas of computer science.

Features of the Third Edition:

  • The ′Objects Gradual′ approach leads you into object–oriented thinking step–by–step, from using classes, implementing simple methods, all the way to designing your own object–oriented programs.
  • A strong emphasis on test–driven development encourages you to consider outcomes as you write programming code so you design better, more usable programs
  • Helpful "Testing Track" introduces techniques and tools step by step, ensuring that you master one before moving on to the next
  • New teaching and learning tools in WileyPLUS––including a unique assignment checker that enables you to test your programming problems online before you submit them for a grade
  • Graphics topics are developed gradually throughout the text, conveniently highlighted in separate color–coded sections
  • Updated coverage is fully compatible with Java 5 and includes a discussion of the latest Java 6 features


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  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (24 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470105542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470105542
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No one brews up a better Java guide than Cay Horstmann and in this Third Edition of Big Java he’s perfected his recipe. Thoroughly updated to include Java 6, the Third Edition of Horstmann’s bestselling text helps you absorb computing concepts and programming principles, develop strong problem–solving skills, and become a better programmer, all while exploring the elements of Java that are needed to write real–life programs.

A top–notch introductory text for beginners, Big Java, Third Edition is also a thorough reference for students and professionals alike to Java technologies, Internet programming, database access, and many other areas of computer science.

Features of the Third Edition:

  • The ′Objects Gradual′ approach leads you into object–oriented thinking step–by–step, from using classes, implementing simple methods, all the way to designing your own object–oriented programs.
  • A strong emphasis on test–driven development encourages you to consider outcomes as you write programming code so you design better, more usable programs
  • Helpful “Testing Track” introduces techniques and tools step by step, ensuring that you master one before moving on to the next
  • New teaching and learning tools in WileyPLUS—including a unique assignment checker that enables you to test your programming problems online before you submit them for a grade
  • Graphics topics are developed gradually throughout the text, conveniently highlighted in separate color–coded sections
  • Updated coverage is fully compatible with Java 5 and includes a discussion of the latest Java 6 features

About the Author

Cay S. Horstmann is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at San Jose State University. He is an experienced professional programmer and was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Preview Systems, Inc. He is also a consultant for major corporations, universities and organizations on C++, Java, Windows and Internet programming. Horstmann is the author of many successful professional and academic books, including Java Concepts, Big C++, Object Oriented Design and Patterns, and Computing Concepts with C++ Essentials (all with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), and Core Java (Sun Microsystems Press), with Gary Cornell.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference 21 Dec 2007
By Will
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Although I do agree that the book isn't the best for beginners I think that it is an excellent book for referencing Java. I would recommend this book to anyone who has some experience with programming and is looking to further their understanding of Java.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great companion while starting out with Java 6 Mar 2010
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This is another book my lecturer recommended for my Computer Science course, but I would recommend it to anyone starting out Java programming.

Currently, Java isn't the most widely used language available (C/ C++ is), but Horstmann makes no big deal of this.

If you want a crash-course in Java, this isn't your book. This book covers everything you want to learn about programming, but also the things you need to know. Each chapter covers a variety of topics under a general category, and finishes with a brief review of the topics studied, as well as a few example exercises, which is vital (programming is no fun if you can't see it in practice).

Furthermore, there are multiple appendices which are life-savers for revision, and cover things like keywords in Java, as well as what individual classes do.

This is a great accompaniment to a CS or similar degree course, but also a wonderful guide if you are simply looking to start out with programming.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 15 Aug 2009
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Its highly recommended by the University of Exeter in England and is required reading on its distance learning Java course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong introduction 1 Oct 2008
By Scott Schimmel - Published on Amazon.com
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First, this is unmistakably a book for entry-level programmers. The experienced might find other books more useful -- this one starts with basic principles.

That said, I still found it useful enough to keep my copy after I was through with the course that required it.

The writing is very clear, with numerous examples. Concepts from variables to multithreading are generally explained in an easy-to-follow manner. The book is nicely laid out and well-indexed, too, and the combination of traits makes it a good quick-reference tool for a refresher.

It is, however, lacking in depth of technical detail. This makes it easily accessible to new programmers, but experienced ones will want to have other references handy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 30 Mar 2008
By Blue Hose Bone 311 - Published on Amazon.com
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Having never taken a program course before this, I was pleasantly surprised at the candid nature of Horstmann's writing. Often, author of textbooks will sound promising in their introductions but not deliver in the execution of a tome. Here, however, we find in Horstmann a author gifted at explaining difficult concepts with a lucidity that cannot always be taken for granted. Bravo!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little too complete, a little too expensive 8 Feb 2008
By David A. Beamer - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't get me wrong; this is a good Java text. The concepts are explained in a pretty clear manner, which is a trick when trying to explain OOP concepts to someone who has never programmed (which is the book's target audience). But that also leads me to my main criticism of the book: it tries to cover too much material. Anyone who knows C or C++ will find significant chunks of the book to be only review. Even Visual Basic coders will find parts of the book that cover stuff they already know (e.g. rudimentary programming concepts).

So if you've never written a computer program, and you want to learn Java, this might be your best bet (although your goal -- and the price of the book -- are a bit daunting). If you already know how to program, but don't know about objects or Java, I would recommend Eckel's "Thinking in Java" (4th edition), or "Head First Java" from O'Reilly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Java 5 May 2009
By Gary Renford Stennett - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really is worth every penny. It makes learning about Java much easier. Anyone just learning Java should get this book. It is not filled wit all those gibberish details that most Java books have that tend to confuse you. Get this book as part of you collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CS 161 18 Feb 2009
By Evan - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm in CS 161, but the lectures are somewhat of a joke. I learn more just from reading the book and doing the programming projects. The book has a logical progression of techniques, and an optional "Graphics Track" Which get's you started working with GUI's right away. I think it's safe to say this copy is going to stay in my personal reference library. Get your own!

What this is /not/ is a code dictionary. It has a limited glossary in the back, but you'd be better off looking up the Java API, or an O'Reilly type code dictionary.
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