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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete course in a book, 24 Nov. 2003
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GillianBC (Buckinghamshire) - See all my reviews
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This is all you need to buy to learn Java. This book explains where you can download the development tools and all the examples and exercise solutions that accompany the book are available on the wrox website (all of which are free). This is a big doorstep of a book but everything is explained in detail and is ideal whether learning programming for the first time, cross training from another language or used as a memory jogger. General programming and object-oriented concepts are discussed from first principles and with real world analogies. The examples and exercises build on each other throughout the chapters. Do take the time to try each of the exercises as this is where the learning becomes real. This book teaches the best and most efficient coding practices not just the concepts. One of the best IT books I have read in 9 years as an IT professional.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with new XML functionality included, 10 May 2002
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R. H. Coundon (Wokingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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I already owned Beginning Java 2 for JDK 1.2 by Ivor Horton which is a great introduction to the Java language as well as a good reference for more experienced programmers. This book is again, very well explained with lots of examples and hands on teaching. The newly added XML parsing functionality has been explained and added to the Sketcher example. A good general foundation of what XML is and what it can do is supplied as well as how the API for SAX and DOM can be used and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
The one drawback with this book is that information about JDBC has been dropped in favour of more 'in vogue' XML. It have would be good to see XML and JDBC available in one tome.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to learn Java, 23 Nov. 2002
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Thomas Paul (Plainview, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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Ivor Horton has once again produced an exceptional beginner's book for Java. I have reviewed many beginner books on Java in the search for a textbook for an "Introduction to Java" class that I teach at Hofstra University. Few of these books have met the goal of providing a solid base of knowledge upon which a programmer can build. Ivor Horton's "Beginning Java" is one of those few. This book is an excellent introduction to Java for anyone who has a basic understanding of programming and is willing to apply some effort to learn the language. Horton proceeds at a rapid pace to cover virtually every important topic in Java outside of the Enterprise Edition. Starting with the basics of the Java language Horton explains the Java syntax in great detail. He then goes on to cover exceptions, streams, utility classes, threads, GUI (with a concentration on Swing), and file processing. In addition, Horton covers all the important new features of the 1.4 release including more than 100 pages on XML. Each chapter builds upon the previous chapter using extensive, well designed and clearly explained examples. Although the book covers a wide range of topics, it does not treat any of them lightly. Many introductory books fall short in the very important topic of object oriented technique. Horton does an excellent job of both explaining OO and then using it in his many examples. Unlike other books that you may read and discard, this is a book that will continue to provide help far into your Java career.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for beginners., 4 July 2003
This is a good book to use after reading Jacquie Barker's excellent Introduction to Java Objects (also by Wrox). Nice clear style, easy to follow and not half as confusing as Dietel & Dietel's offering. Found the bitwise comparison section a bit confusing, but it's not the easiest thing to get your head around for beginners like me anyway. Likes the fact that it relates to SDK 1.4 and therefore you get lots of useful info on the new Collections framework, etc. Would recommend this - but go for Jacquie Barker's book first as it is unbeatable for a newcomer to Java.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners, 23 Jan. 2003
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R. G. MATAIX (Spain) - See all my reviews
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The book is extremely didactical and perhaps one of the best Java books ever written. The slow introduction to the fundamental concepts of object oriented programming is delightful. The book is big, but Java is much bigger. I want to say that after reading the entire book you will have a thorough undestanding of basic Java. Java Server programming is not covered. Don't be frustated however, you need such a solid foundation in order to get into the new world...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A massive book covering an even more massive subject, 24 Jun. 2003
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Mr. Mike Griffiths (Excideuil, Dordogne France) - See all my reviews
Ivor Horton’s beginning Java 2 (SDK 1.4) makes an excellent introductory text. It builds slowly through the basics of the language and gives plenty of opportunity to try out the concepts and ideas. I am not sure that it would make the perfect introduction for someone coming to Java as their first language but if you are already confidently working in some other language then you would find it difficult to get a better start. Some might criticise the text for starting each new topic at a low level but if you are of the school that likes to know how things work then you will be pleased with this approach – even if, at times, you start to think that Java makes heavy work of some simple issues it all works itself out and you end up understanding more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Java book for not only beginner, 21 Dec. 2002
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Ning Zhao (Stuttgart, Germany) - See all my reviews
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It covers the all the major parts in Java 1.4 Standard Edition in a great detail, the author theaches you step by step, and many COMPLETE examples are there for you to try out. The writing style is very inviting and accessible, everything clearly explained and easy to understand. I have used this book along with a course in my university, it does a very good job. What's more, it also suggests further reading and you would learn where and how to get the java resource via the internet.
I especially appreciate Chapter 15: Java Threads in this book. Concurrent programming is never a piece of cake for most of the learners, Mr. Horton offered a very good introduction and guide to this field, a nice enlightenment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to learn Java, 27 Nov. 2002
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Thomas Paul (Plainview, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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Ivor Horton has once again produced an exceptional beginner's book for Java. I have reviewed many beginner books on Java in the search for a textbook for an "Introduction to Java" class that I teach at Hofstra University. Few of these books have met the goal of providing a solid base of knowledge upon which a programmer can build. Ivor Horton's "Beginning Java" is one of those few. This book is an excellent introduction to Java for anyone who has a basic understanding of programming and is willing to apply some effort to learn the language. Horton proceeds at a rapid pace to cover virtually every important topic in Java outside of the Enterprise Edition. Starting with the basics of the Java language Horton explains the Java syntax in great detail. He then goes on to cover exceptions, streams, utility classes, threads, GUI (with a concentration on Swing), and file processing. In addition, Horton covers all the important new features of the 1.4 release including more than 100 pages on XML. Each chapter builds upon the previous chapter using extensive, well designed and clearly explained examples. Although the book covers a wide range of topics, it does not treat any of them lightly. Many introductory books fall short in the very important topic of object oriented technique. Horton does an excellent job of both explaining OO and then using it in his many examples. Unlike other books that you may read and discard, this is a book that will continue to provide help far into your Java career.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give it 6 stars - Excellent Book, 29 May 2003
If your new to Java and/or programming, then you have to get this book. There is no finer reference available anywhere. The author explains every detail of Java in plain english and in a manner that can be understood by anyone with no programming background. If you want Java to make sense then you have to get this book. There's a lot of reading to do, but once your done with the book, you can call yourself a Java programmer. Definitely buy this book.
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