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Complete Idiot's Guide to Java 1.2 [Paperback]

Michael Morrison
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789718049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789718044
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,983,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This tutorial introduces Java 1.2 to the novice programmer. The author provides straightforward examples, a lighthearted approach, and a companion web site to ensure the learning process is maximized.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for "Complete Idiots" 27 July 1999
By A Customer
The writing style of the Author left a great deal to be desired. The writing style was very American (perfect for Americans) but many of the metaphors which he uses to convey concepts just made things harder. For example, he is trying to explain that "Run" and "Execute" are the same thing. To do this he uses a basket ball analogy, where a play is "Run" and afterwards people say it was well "Executed". Frankly, just telling me the two words meant the same thing was enough for me. The book also took too long to get into any detail. The pages were cluttered, having captions on almost every page which squeezed text and code into small (harder to read) sections. Otherwise the explanations were clear and there was enough source code for you to catch on. One large plus is the apparent lack of typos!!
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I had done a distance learning course in HTML and, without any programming knowledge or experience, then sought to learn Java with a view to sitting the Sun Certfifcation Exam. Other books I tried I just couldn't get into because there was always prerequisite knowledge of programming. However, the Guide assumed nothing, explained each term / idea before dealing with it, and gave me the entry point I was looking for. There was even a crash course in HTML. The quirky humour and comic illustrations aided the assimilation of the language. If you are in a similar position to mine, then I recommend this book wholeheartedly. Magic !!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor introduction to Java 5 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Having read the excellent introductory book on HTML in the same series this came as big disappointment. Unlike its HTML brother no useful CD and worse still to use the book you need to download the JDK from Sun Microsystems. Although this was free it tied my 56K modem up for over an hour It is not an easy book to follow with its writing style. No helpful appendix with java commands or syntax
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much caffeine in the writer's Java 8 Aug 1999
By A Customer
I'm an Idiot, so, I know what I'm, talking about. In an Idiot's book the writing style should be concise-it wasn't. He went into irrelevant analogies which just bored, he repeated himself, yes, he repeated himself. He introduces a new word and then defines it at the end of the paragraph. INTRODUCE-DEFINE-EXPLAIN-EXAMPLES-SUMMARISE
I'll read again
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book that got me started in Java 24 Feb 2000
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Great book to stat to learn what Java is all about. Morrison actually want to teach you something, not just show how clever he is. From here you go on to great things.
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