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Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours Paperback – 22 Oct 2002


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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 3 edition (22 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324604
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,945,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not a day, but 24 one-hour Java lessons aimed at non-programmers and those with little programming experience. Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours certainly starts at the beginning with an overview of programming as an activity, downloading SDK from Sun and installing it under Windows, Linux and Solaris. The author makes few assumptions about his readers computing expertise and every chapter ends in a Q and A session followed by a quiz.

The book is divided into six sections and a collection of useful appendices. Section II introduces programming basics including variables and constants, strings, conditional tests, loops and then objects and inheritance. By the halfway point you are building a simple visual interface using Swing and the Abstract Windowing Interface--though you will have to wait a couple of hours before you learn how to make it do something.

Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours probably won't unless you're already a fairly good programmer in another language. But if you worked through it assiduously you would have a basic understanding of the Java language. What you won't have is the experience which makes it useful.

However, the example programs Cadenhead works you through are easily adapted and extended, which provides a starting point for practice. Overall, this is the best introduction to Java for complete beginners this reviewer has seen. --Steve Patient --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rogers Cadenhead is a writer, Web application developer, and the most valuable player in an NBA playoff game*. He has written 15 books on Internet-related topics, including Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days, Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft FrontPage 2002 in 24 Hours, and How to Use the Internet. He maintains this book's official World Wide Web site at http://www.java24hours.com.

*Cadenhead attended Game 6 of the 1988 NBA Western Conference Finals at Reunion Arena in Dallas. The Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 105-103 to force a seventh game of the series. CBS Sports gave half the MVP award to Mavericks power forward Mark Aguirre for 23 points and 13 rebounds, and half to the sellout crowd of 17,007 for shouting a whole lot in loud voices and making enthusiastic hand gestures.

Cadenhead's statistics in the game: PLAYER MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS BEERS AVG. DECIBEL LEVEL TRIPS TO BATHROOM ====== === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === ===== ================== ================= CADENHEAD 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 05 80 3


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
This was my first ever book on programming and found it really bad. The examples are very shallow. If you don't know about object oriented programming now, you still won't know after you've finished the book.
Once I'd read other books on programming, this book seemed better. The book is mostly for APPLETS and teaches a few good tricks.
Stay clear if you are a brand new to programming
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1999
Format: Paperback
I haven't read this book -- I read its predecessor Teach Yourself Java 1.1 in 24 Hours. I felt that it was a great way for me to get started with Java. It made things very easy for me!
The book doesn't get terribly deep... at the end, you will want to get another book to learn more. After finishing Java 1.1 in 24 Hours, they recommended that I buy Teach Yourself Java 1.1 in 21 Days, because it goes into more depth. Unfortunately, that book is much more confusing and disorganized, and also makes a lot of assumptions about what you know.
The 21 Days book seems to be written for people who are already professional programmers in other languages. The 24 Hours book is great at starting from scratch and explaining everything. Rogers Cadenhead writes in a clear style that is also light and amusing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2000
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Having writing many web pages in HTML and JavaScript, and having written programs in C/C++, I was eager to learn Java. Having read many other titles in the SAMS Teach Yourself series, I decided to pick up a copy of this book, not only did it meet with my high expectations of the series of books, it exceeded them, and for the first time I was actually enjoying reading a computing book. The first few chapters ease you in slowly, and after that the learning curve gets gently steeper, at a rate perfectly suitable for anyone who has written web pages in HTML. I have now written many Java applets, and learning from this book has made it swift and easy. A thorough thumbs up.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2001
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I knew nothing about programming before opening this book, Im only on chapter 7 of 24 and my knowledge has been vastly improved. The book is funny, and highly readable(unlike other boring-you-wanna-shoot-yourself-in-the-head-rather-than-read-on Java books). It explains everything from the ground up and assumes no knowledge of Java or programming....For complete newbies(like me) it is an Angel sent from Heaven, I dont know how it'd be for experienced programmers wanting to learn Java....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Greasby on 26 April 2001
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An enjoyable read and what seems like a fantastic foundation. You'll need further books but with this brilliant style of writing and variety of content you're more likely to finish the book and be able to tackle more detailed and less well written material easier
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By A Customer on 28 Jun. 1999
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The code used in the lessons is outdated and won't even compile in many cases. The so-called 1 hour lessons take several hours to complete. I usually just gave up and went to the next lesson! Not a very good way to learn programming.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2001
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This book is split into 24 chapters, which you spend around an hour on each. But if you are a experienced programmer, you can easily read and understand this well written book in less than 24 hours! It contains links to some interesting Java sites as well as its own offical site and up-to-date information on Java too. I am a VB developer trying to learn Java, if you would understand, VB and Java are SO-DIFFERENT! So I think the author has done a good job on explaining everything clear and simple to understand. The only down side is that its only a entry level java book, so if you would like to learn JDBC etc. You got to buy his "Learn Java 2 in 21 days" which give you much indepth details on more advanced topics. So try his 21 days book if you already know some java.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2000
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I'm really surprised at how many unfavourable reviews this book has received. This book holds your interest long enough to learn the basics which then allows you to move onto other references and tutorials and get into more advanced Object Oriented programming techniques. Highly recommended for complete beginners who want to get straight into examples.
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