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Using Visual J++ (Simple Solutions, Essential Skills) [Paperback]

Scott Mulloy
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  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Que (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789714000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789714008
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,413,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A task-based reference that uses step-by-step tasks, code samples and cross-indexing techniques to teach Visual J++. The book uses all aspects of using Visual J++ to build a range of Java applets and applications, including ActiveX objects, COM/DCOM objects, and more.

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Using Visual J++ 6.0 is for Java developers of all levels.
Using Visual J++ 6.0 demonstrates all of the new features of Visual J++ 6.0. The book is divided into 6 main sections, allowing Java developers of all levels (beginners to advanced) to increase their programming abilities.

Section 1: "Fundamentals of Programming with Visual ++" contains 7 chapters that introduce you to Visual J++ 6.0, Visual Studio 6.0 and version 1.2 of the Java programming language.

Section 2: "Real World Visual J++ Programming Issues" contains six chapters that delve deeper into the critical features of the Visual J++ IDE, the Windows Foundation Classes for Java, and Applet development.

Section 3: "Component Development in Visual J++" contains three chapters that review specific needs of some Visual J++ Projects, including using and creating COM objects, HTML development, and J/Direct.

Section 4, "Database Programming in Visual J++" contains three chapters that exploit the features of Visual J++ which! aid in the creation of data aware applications.

Section 5: "Advanced Programming Topics" contains five chapters that cover the most commonly needed advanced features by Visual J++ developers. These include distributed solution creation, I/O programming, and advanced topics of the WFC.

Section 6: "Appendices" contains an installation how to, other source of information on the Web, and a top notch index.

The text contains abundant code examples and step by step instructions, teaching the reader how to develop sophisticated Java applets and applications for a variety of needs. The new features of Visual J+ 6.0, including the Windows Foundation Classes for Java, HTML Authoring Tool, Distribution Projects, and J/Direct Call Builder are all covered in detail.

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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is awful 8 Nov 1998
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I have to write this review to tell the world, THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE.
A little background: I'm a Visual Basic Programmer who wanted to learn how to program in Java using Visual J++ 6.0. I couldn't learn much from this book, so whether you are a beginner or an experienced programmer, this book is useless.
There are three things you need to learn to use J++ 6.0: (1) you have to learn Java programming; (2) you have to learn how to use the Windows Foundation Classes which are unique to J++ 6.0; and (3) you need to learn how to use the integrated design environment.
This book attempts to cover all three of the above, but covers nothing well.
(1) Java programming: there are many GOOD books written about how to do Java programming. If you search through, I'm sure you can find a book you'll find suitable for that purpose. J++ 6.0 uses standard Java 1.1, so there is no need to worry about finding a book specific to J++ 6.0.
(2) Windows Foundation Classes (WFC): the WFC are new to J++ 6.0 and there aren't many books out that cover this. But this book has pitiful coverage of WFC. Why, it doesn't even tell you how to show a form!! Imagine that. How could the author leave out something so basic? The book Visual J++ 6.0 Developer's Workshop is the only book currently on the market that has useful information about using the WFC. Buy that book instead.
(3) Using the integrated design environment (IDE): I admit that this book was somewhat helpful in this respect. Is that a good enough reason to buy this book? I don't know.
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The book is great if you would like to learn how to apply Java using the Microsoft J++ environment, and learn how to create different types of projects using different techniques; however, I would not say that it is necessarily a good book for beginners who would like to learn the "ins and outs" of the language. The main criticism is that it does not "dig" into the language itself, enough. The projects provide early hands on programming, but the use of the language (in terms of the numerous functions and commands available) are not explored or explained - for this, you need to refer to Ivor Horton's Java 2 book, which provides a more than thorough review & exploration of the entire Java language! I would recommend this book, if what you want is to learn the J++ environment and certain techniques/tools, but you will also definately need a book that delves into the language itself to provide a solid understanding of the subject matter!
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I was (and my team) extremly disapointed with this book. We have been working with Visual J++ 6.0 since the first pre-release in a commercial product. We were expecting this book to help us in the areas we are struggling with - to ADD to what is supplied with the product as documentation. Instead this book provides nothing more than a rehash of the documentation with extremly simplistic samples. The section on "Code Behind DHTML" is a mere 3 pages (should be a large chapter) and is totally incorrect - based on Preview 1 information. There is nothing on deployment. The so called Advanced topics are really Beginner at best. One of my team members just said he was going to throw his away. The market is crying out for an Advanced book on Visual J++ 6.0 and especially WFC in the areas of COM and DHTML. We don't need yet another book that really tries to teach simplistic Java - there are hundreds of books that do that.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar... 12 Nov 1998
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Upon quick review of the features documented in this book, I found it lacking in one very large area. In many of the chapters of the book it focused on using java.lang classes instead of the superior WFC related classes. For example, the I/O chapter focuses on using instead of which is more appropriate. It became clear that this book was a little premature and did not utilize the most important aspect of Visual J++ 6.0...WFC itself.
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I have been programming in Visual Basic for 4 years (version 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0) and have recently decided to learn Java. The initial sections of this book are excellent for Java and OOP newcomers. I also found the multithreading and exception chapters very helpful, displaying to me some of the advantages Java has over VB. This book is very helpful for Visual J++ newcomers.
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