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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 5 edition (25 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330766
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you can learn how to create Java applications with the free NetBeans visual editing tools.

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Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, popular author Rogers Cadenhead helps you master the skills and technology you need to create desktop and web programs, web services, and even a browser game in Java. Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a solid understanding of the basic concepts and terminology.

  • Full-color figures and clear step-by-step instructions visually show you how to program with Java.
  • Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.
  • Notes, Tips, and Cautions provide related information, advice, and warnings.

Learn how to…

  • Set up your Java programming environment
  • Write your first working program in just minutes
  • Control program decisions and behavior
  • Store and work with information
  • Build straightforward user interfaces
  • Create interactive web programs
  • Use threading to build more responsive programs
  • Build a browser-based game from start to finish
  • Read and write files and XML data
  • Master best practices for object-oriented programming
  • Create flexible, interoperable web services with JAX-WS
  • Integrate graphics into your applications

About the Author

Rogers Cadenhead is a writer, computer programmer, and web developer who has written 21 books on Internet-related topics, including Sams Teach Yourself Java 6 in 21 Days. He maintains the Drudge Retort and other websites that receive more than seven million visits a year. This book’s official website is www.java24hours.com.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Jun. 2010
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I bought this book after having difficulty with the Java module in my college course. I bought this, and the larger book, teach yourself Java in 21 days. I've now finished the 24hours book, and found it a fantastic help. Each chapter(hour) is well thought out, and adds a new string to your Java bow, if you'll excuse the cliché. The author is sarcastic but knowledgeable, and comes across as genuine, as opposed to many other programming books which treat the reader as an idiot.
Be warned though-you MUST do the practicals included, as well as the activities at the end of each chapter. Without these, nothing will sink in, and the practicals are so easily done, the hour target is very achievable. Don't expect to know every single piece of Java-but do expect to get an overall introduction, and a great start to this area of programming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on 29 Dec. 2010
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Everything you want in a self-instructional book: clear examples, easy to read and seperated into digestable chunks.

I've learnt some programming before, and am finding this book a complete lifesaver. I am being taught java at uni in a complete rush where they assume that i know basic syntax and commands which i didn't and am having to catch up.

If your aim is to be able to program independently i.e. off the top of your head to a decent level, this book will teach you effortlessly. It is divided into hour long lessons and the work is achievable within this time if you concentrate, although the activities at the end of each hour may take a little longer.

This book would be very useful for the complete programming beginner as well as anyone looking to consolidate their knowledge, or even those who have learned other languages.

A great starting point, and very user-friendly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B on 8 April 2010
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I have never programmed in any language before and found getting a book for an absolute beginner a nightmare. This book however is fantastic and easy to follow. Im only on lesson (Hour) 7 at the moment and loving every minute, Rogers Cadenhead has a great ability of teaching in plain english. I would say to anyone starting out in programming to purchase this book and learn JAVA, you will not regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Owen on 14 Sept. 2011
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Having been through a year of studies at University covering Java (amoung other subjects) I had to resit a piece of coursework. This time around I decided to do some reading up and having read the previous reviews of this book I decided to give it a try. Needless to say it was all worth it. I passed my resit with a much better result than expected and learned a few other things that hadn't been covered in my course previously.

The structure of the book is very well organised. Each chapter is approximately 1 hours work and is alot easier to digest for newcomers than the "Teach Yourself [xxxx] in 21 days - something I tried beforehand, but found a little bit too challenging). This meant that I could spend a few hours in the evening covering a few chapters at a time, or just do the odd chapter here and there. Working through the examples is painless as you more-or-less have your hand held at most times and I was surprised by how much I had picked up on reviewing the chapters in the question section (at the end of each topic/chapter).

The book does recommend that you install a program (NetBeans IDE) onto your computer to complete the topics and this is something I felt help me gain the upperhand in my understanding of the topic. That's not to say that you couldn't work through the book without installing the program. Being a very visual learner, this suited me instead of reading a block of code, punching it in to the computer and not knowing why I got the result I did get / how I got the result etc. Previously, in lectures, we were given code and shown examples of what this code would do (not something that I picked up on all too well).

I can't recommend this book enough for beginers or novices. Those returning to Java might also find it of some use also. I will be getting further books from the series to get me through the remaining years of study/life.

A Very happy customer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Bramwell on 25 April 2011
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This review deals specifically to the Kindle eBook version, I'll leave reviews of the actual content of the book to others.

Sadly the Kindle version has not been done well. One of the benefits of reading books on the Kindle is the ability to resize text. Unfortunately the source code is an image and not text and so cannot be resized, changing the text size has no effect on the source code text. You can zoom in on the image, however this breaks the flow and as the source code is text should work as text.

The source code also uses lighter text so the contrast isn't as good and is hard to read. If you could resize the text then this wouldn't be quite as much of a problem, sadly as mentioned above it can't be.

Stick with the paper copy until the Kindle ebook has been done properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isaac on 24 Jun. 2011
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I recently bought this book without having any programming experince at all. I wanted to learn to develop mobile application and was told it would be easier to learn Java first. So I went and bought this book.

It really is a great book, the author has a funny side, but still teaches you very well. I think its been illustrated very well with lots of colour, to stop you getting bored.

On the other hand I felt the need to read back through a couple chapters from information I missed, and I think it crams you with a lot of information which is all hard to remember in such a short time.

Conclusion:
This is a great book for beginners, but it does go at quite a fast pace and a couple of chapters into the book your already pretty confused and need to re-read chapters before.
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