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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education (1 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077097572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077097578
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 782,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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? simplest approach to the subject, assuming zero background knowledge;
? limited aims, dealing only with the first semester;
? extensive website material, with solutions, further problems, tutors testbank and lecture support material.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 2001
I have been struggling to learn Java on my own for the last year. The problem is that most text books are just too difficlut to get into and follow on your own. This book however was a joy to read and very easy to follow.
The writing style was gentle and friendly without being patronising. The examples programs were fun and thoroughly explained. No assumptions were made at all about any previous programming experience - which is just as well as I have none!
The end of chapter exercises were just enough to help better understand the topics without being so taxing as to put you off. By the end of the book, I was writing neat Java applications that involved fairly complex algorithms, collection classes and GUI's, as well as simple applets. On top of that I was able to design my classes using UML and test them by following the testing guidelines laid down in the book. Not bad for a novice!
The only draw back to this book is made clear in the title, it is only meant to cover your first semester in programming, so complex second semester topics are not covered (such as exceptions and threads). But for an introductory Java text, this book is hard to beat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun 2001
For the last semster I've been struggling through my first programming course at University (and I'm not the only one!). With exams just a few weeks a way I wasn't feeling confident about passing and the Java texts I was recommended to read weren't much help. Then a friend of mine recommended this book to me - I owe him big time!
This book is so clear and easy to follow - I zipped through it in a week. I got it too late to help me with my coursework, but If I could do that again now I'd make a much better job of it. Most of the people in my class were creating applications with simple console interfaces, but I could now easily create a GUI interface after reading this text. Having never programmed before this is some feat!
Although I haven't got my results yet, I'm sure I did very well in my exams and its all thanx to this book. Not only does it cover technical issues but also topics that come up in exam questions like testing strategies and design methodologies.
If you've got a Java exam coming up soon and are in a panic GET THIS BOOK!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun 2001
If you've had trouble getting into Java this is an ideal book to get.
With most Java books there's always a point where you stop and say "why did they do that?" or "what does that mean?". Often this is in the first few chapters and your options are to give up or skip the section- neither of which is very helpful!
With this book you never find yourself asking those questions. The explanations are excellent and you will understand about topics like inheritance and applets, rather than just be left even more confused!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov 2001
This book is great if you are new to programming,I can't recommend it highly enough! It explains all the basics without overloading you with techno babble(unlike a lot of other so-called beginner text books), and the exercises help you start coding very quickly. It also includes notation for UML which is handy. If programming seems a mystery to you, get this book.
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This highly recommended book is in excellent condition and is exactly what my granddaughter needed for her studies at uni.
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