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Core Java 2: Fundamentals v. 1 (The Sun Microsystems Press Java series) Paperback – 18 Dec 2000

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (18 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130894680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130894687
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,098,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are many Java books aimed at those new to programming but Core Java 2 Volume 1: Fundamentals is for working programmers. Though it includes the apparently compulsory history of Java this is no more than a precursor to installing the Java SDK.

The authors claim writing code for yourself is a better way to learn than using a IDE, but they do concede using Forte--Sun's free graphical Java programming front end--can make life a little easier.

Practical sample code is used to illustrate just about every feature discussed. The code is useful in itself and is intended to be extended or incorporated into real projects by the reader. Four chapters are devoted to the Java language itself with the rest exploring the many libraries. While Java may be a simpler language than C++ (on which its syntax was based) there are still many thousands of library function to learn before you can think about commercial Java work.

In Core Java 2 Volume 1: Fundamentals, Swing is the standard for programming graphical interfaces though AWT lives on for event handling. The authors examine all the graphical support built into the JFC at considerable length, moving logically onto Applets.

The book ends with files and streams, which with what went before provides everything you need to begin working on real applications. The CD-ROM that comes with the book includes all the source code used in the book. You also get Java SDK 1.3 for Windows and Solaris, Forte and some useful utilities. Overall, a good first choice for programmers looking to learn Java. --Steve Patient

From the Back Cover

  • The experienced developer's guide to Java programming―now fully updated for JDK 1.3
  • Completely revised coverage of object-oriented development and Swing classes
  • More of the robust code examples professional programmers need
  • CD-ROM includes all source code, J2SE Version 1.3, Forte for Java Community Edition, and much more!

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"Devoid of shaky, academic examples and packed with robust demonstrations that illustrate hundreds of powerful concepts ...The authors back up the many examples with sharp, fact-rich commentary on how to get things done with Java."

―David Wall, Amazon.com

The best-selling guide for serious Java 2 programmers―fully updated for JDK 1.3!

Ask any experienced Java programmer: Core Java delivers the real-world guidance you need to accomplish even the most challenging tasks. That's why it's been an international best seller for five straight years. Core Java 2, Volume 1 covers the fundamentals of Java 2, Standard Edition, Version 1.3 and includes completely revised discussions of object-oriented Java development, enhanced coverage of Swing user interface components, and much more.

This new fifth edition delivers even more of the robust, real-world programs previous editions are famous for―updated to reflect deployment and performance enhancements. Volume 1 includes thorough explanations of inner classes, dynamic proxy classes, exception handling, debugging, the Java event model, Input/Output, file management, and much more. For experienced programmers, Core Java 2, Volume 1: Fundamentals sets the standard―again!

State-of-the-art information for Java developers, including:

  • Building GUI applications with Swing classes
  • Making the most of dynamic proxy classes and inner classes
  • Mastering the Java event model
  • Understanding Java streams and file management
About the CD-ROM

CD-ROM contains complete source code examples, the Java 2, Standard Edition, Version 1.3 SDK, and useful tools, including Forte for Java, Community Edition, a complete toolset for Java application development, TextPad 4.32, HexWorkshop 3.1, WinZip 8.0, Together J, and SourceAgain.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 2001
Format: Paperback
As an experienced C++ developer migrating to Java, I have looked at many Java texts, both introductory and more advanced. Some, such as "Java in a nutshell", I have found to be frustratingly bland, doing little more than summarising the main features of the language, and perhaps briefly commenting on differences from other languages such as C++. However, within five minutes of opening this book, I realised that I had found a book which comes very close to the ideal. As well as a clear description of core concepts, it is full of useful tips for migrating programmers -- especially those familiar with C++ -- and almost without fail the authors managed to anticipate the questions I wanted to ask, and provided the answers I needed. The authors should be congratulated on an excellent achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2002
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I have brought several books on java, none of them come close to this book. The content is clear and well thought out. If you are already a Java programmer and want to have a greater under standing on SWING etc.. then Vol 2 would be a better choice, however if you are starting to learn java or want a more indepth look at the java basics then you will not go wrong with this book. Not only does the author provide the tools required to start developing Java applications, the author exposes the pitfalls and suguest ways to improve your code for cross platform and for debuging. Although this book is for all developers old and new, if you are a C++ programmer then you will find the cross reference notes explaining the code differences by showing how the same code is writen in C++, very useful.
Once again, a must for all java programmers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aranon on 4 July 2001
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Although the content of the book is okay it seems a little 'dry' at times and difficult to get into.
My main problem with the book though is the size of the chapters of which some are huge. I think it would have been better to have had more smaller chapters or to have split the chapters up into sections a bit more.
I find myself drifting off in mid chapter and lack the motivation to start new chapters due to the 'commitment' needed to get through one.
As my summary says it's a bit heavy going.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2001
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With fundamentals of programming under your belt already you should find this an excellent book to guide you into Java.
A bit thin in some areas (such as Swing), but I suspect Volume 2 will fill this gap. Othen than that, the only other down-side is, this is a computing book that will no doubt get damaged from over-use!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ian@carbon.fsnet.co.uk on 4 July 2001
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This book has all the right techinical content surrounded by so much waffle. I am new to JAVA so I bought this book to learn it and learn I am but at an astonishing slow pace. Some of the chapters within this book could be a book in themselves, which at times makes you feel like saying 'I can't be bothered'.
I can't falt it on its technical merits but I am sure the amount of waffle could seriously be redused.
All this aside it is managing to teach me the basics of JAVA but I must say I am somewhat daunted at the prospect of taking on Volume 2.
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