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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Windows programmer, but...
This is an excellent book for any Windows programmers who love ActiveX...IF AND ONLY IF; 1. the title is "Active JAVA for C++ programmers". 2. has more attracting examples.
Published on 12 July 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars A book that mathematicians will love!
The Microsoft Press book, "Active Visual J++" is a really good book. - it 's just not the book I was looking for. As a product of Microsoft Press, you might think that it would be an intense and partisan guide to the Microsoft view of the Java world. You might be dead wrong, too. In fact, this is really a book of innovative Java code to implement numerical...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A book that mathematicians will love!, 31 Dec 1997
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
The Microsoft Press book, "Active Visual J++" is a really good book. - it 's just not the book I was looking for. As a product of Microsoft Press, you might think that it would be an intense and partisan guide to the Microsoft view of the Java world. You might be dead wrong, too. In fact, this is really a book of innovative Java code to implement numerical analysis and cellular automata. Everybody who is into that science will think it's great - all three of them. Too bad that thousands of people looking for instruction on J++ will buy it instead. I found a clue about why in the bibliography (pp. 320-321). The author's previous books are heavy duty numerical analysis texts. I found myself wondering if the only reason this book was titled "Visual J++" is that a book titled "Simulations and Cellular Automata" just wouldn't sell as many copies. There is nothing on the book jacket to suggest who this book is for, but if you don't have a pretty good knowledge of C or Java syntax already, it's not for you! "Active Visual J++" starts off with a bang! Without even a preface or introduction, the author throws a sophisticated 6 page Java applet at you right there on page 10. It's definitely a "throw the baby in the ocean to see if he can swim" approach." Active Visual J++" might be a good reference for C++ programmers, too. In addition to frequent explanations about how various code examples are the same or different from C++ in the early chapters, Chapter 3 is totally devoted to this single topic. Chapter 3 is a great example of another thing about "Active Visual J++". The author filled a lot of the book's pages with very sparsely documented code rather than explanations of what that code is supposed to help you understand. A rough calculation revealed that only 35 percent of the Chapter 3 is actual writing. The rest of the entire chapter is uncommented source code. The whole book is like that. It's sometimes said that many programmers are really frustrated writers trapped in a programming job. The author of "Active Visual J++" seems to be a frustrated programmer trying to write.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to MSPress' usually high standard, 27 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
I like MSPress books, usually. I did not like this book. The book is thin and seemed padded (lots of empty separator pages, long boring, obscure code samples) - not much content. The book is seemed like a book about Java with some coverage of VJ++, rather than vice-versa.
How many more books have to go over the same old java vs. C++ stuff, OOD, and the Internet (hello, this book is for "intermediate programmers who know the basics of Java" - they already know about the INternet). Perhaps these sections should be replaced with real content. THis is not a Java Primer - it lacks the content required for that, yet it covers ground that would be covered in any Java Primer (which would be a prerequisite to this book). No coverage of database access, e.g. ADO...yet surely Active suggests dynamic websites, which are often/primarily used to provide database access.
The examples were...poorly chosen IMHO. ..and the paper seemed cheap and yellowed! (How about a webpage accessing a database as a more relevant example?)
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2.0 out of 5 stars An example driven book with little reference quality, 24 July 1998
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
Although I sure the writer is a solid J++ programmer, this book doesn't do a great job of teaching Java to People that aren't accomplished C++ programmers. In the introduction the author states that only basic programming knowledge is needed and that knowledge need not be in C or C++. The author then proceeds to refer to C structures and data types throughout the entire book. This left me thinking I was missing portions of every explanation and I was indeed.
If you like collecting books with nice cover graphics and that all fit on the same size shelf, stay with the microsoft press book series, otherwise go for more depth with other publishers books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book. Stop! I mean it!, 11 July 1998
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
I bought the book because of this statement in the review: "A strong chapter here shows how to build an ActiveX component in Java." The chapter they refer to is 17 pages. 6 of those pages actually show how to convert a java applet to a COM component. About half of that is screen shots. That leaves 3 pages of text on how to build a COM object in Java. Wow, was I disappointed! Noone would consider that a strong chapter. Nothing about creating property pages, firing events, handling various data types. I completely wasted the money I spent for this book. Plus, it's dated, since it refers to J++ 1.1. Rats.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An "OKAY" book - but focuses too much on poor examples, 17 Mar 1998
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
I found this book to be good in the sense that it focuses on JAVA and it's interfacing with COM. The JAVABEANS section was also good.
The problem I have with the book is that it is titled "Active Visual J++." It's even published by Microsoft Press, so why doesn't it utilize the features of Developer's Studio?
Good for an intro, but definately not a book to have to learn the scoop on the "visual" side of things.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever from Microsoft Press, 23 July 1998
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
Bad examples!!! Reader needs to know automata and other theorotical aspects before he can read the book. MIND magazine has better articles than this book has. Now I am careful, when I see its MS Press book. Avoid if you are interested in learning J++/MS Java. This is the only book I regreat buying.
Hope author comes up with better examples in next edition! If there is a next edition!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Its Not Java!, 16 May 1999
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
Please do not forget that J++ is Microsoft's propriety version of Java. It is not Java and never will be. If you use it then you, in a small way, strengthen MS hegemony and the Java ideal will be weaker for it.
Try Not To Use J++!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Windows programmer, but..., 12 July 1998
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
This is an excellent book for any Windows programmers who love ActiveX...IF AND ONLY IF; 1. the title is "Active JAVA for C++ programmers". 2. has more attracting examples.
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1.0 out of 5 stars too bad there isn't a no star review, 17 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Active Visual J++ Book (Microsoft Programming Series) (Paperback)
Microsoft's blatant ripoff of Java should never have left Redmond. Its a shame because they can't really think up original ideas just rip good ones off. Don't buy this book!!!
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