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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get this along with Java In A Nutshell
The Networking example of a multi-threaded socket server proved a life-saver on a past project so I'm sold on this book. It backs up Java In A Nutshell nicely and usually saves wading through a library of Java books to find a relevant example.
Published on 12 Dec 2000

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat erratic
The examples in this book, while useful, don't apear to be in any real logical order. I find the O'Reilly style a bit terse and heavy going at times and this book has been superceded by O'Reilly's other book in this area "Java Cookbook, so my advice would be to get that instead.
Published on 6 Oct 2004 by Martin Anderson


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get this along with Java In A Nutshell, 12 Dec 2000
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The Networking example of a multi-threaded socket server proved a life-saver on a past project so I'm sold on this book. It backs up Java In A Nutshell nicely and usually saves wading through a library of Java books to find a relevant example.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat erratic, 6 Oct 2004
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The examples in this book, while useful, don't apear to be in any real logical order. I find the O'Reilly style a bit terse and heavy going at times and this book has been superceded by O'Reilly's other book in this area "Java Cookbook, so my advice would be to get that instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to java but......, 6 Sep 1999
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I found this book very easy to read, but it was aimed mainly at web applications, and very little was dealt with regarding stand-alone applications. In general, a very good book for someone who has never programmed before, however if you have experience of any other language, I would forget about this book and buy 'Java in a nutshell'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but not for complete novices., 3 Jan 1999
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To answer Adam Smith, this book is not intended as a "Learn to program Java" really. It is more of a reference for people who can already program but aren't 100% sure of how to do something particular. This together with Java in a Nutshell have proven to be exrememly helpful to me, but I learnt to program Java from "Developing Java Software" by Winder and Roberts. That book teaches you how to program using Object Oriented methods, using Java as the language of example, that is aimed at a novice, whereas Java Examples is a reference book for intermediate to advanced Java programmers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners., 28 Dec 2001
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Somewhat outdated. Mostly covers J1.2, but weak at J1.3. It may have some historical value in order to show how Java programming was done at the good old days. Not recommended for Java2 v.1.3 beginner.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, and with a couple of errors too many, 19 May 1999
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Java Examples tries to cover too much in too few pages. It's usefull, yes, but I actually find a few of the examples to be to easy. They do not delve to the heart of the matter.
Also, a few of the actual examples contain errors, e.g. "Animation with images p. 67-69" uses Applet.getDocumentBase() when the correct method is getCodeBase().
This was trivial, but other examples also do not work and the solution is sometimes harder to find.
So, I was disappointed, because "Java in a nutshell" is reliable and extremely usefull.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for any Student, 19 Nov 2002
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If like me you're a student who wants to see some examples to get projects and assignments finished and not a few pages of explaination before and after each example then this book is for you. If you're new to Java then buy a book that explains the technology. If you know the basics, then this book is perfect. Each example has 2 or 3 sentences of an intro, then lots & lots of code. A chapter on CORBA would have been nice but I guess you can't have everything!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The programs may run, but they don't necessarily work, 19 Nov 1998
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As a relative newcomer to Java I bought this book mainly on the strength of the recommendations of the reviewers of these pages, having skimmed the basics of Java applications and applets and found that I needed something more substantial. I picked a program at random from the first chapter ("Computing Primes"), and duly typed it in, compiled and ran it. This program should return the largest prime number in the range 0 to x, where x can be specified at the command line or taken as a default 100. However, unlike your reviewer from Houston I found the program didn't actually 'work'. The program ran alright, i.e. there were no compiler/run-time errors, but irrespective of the number you put in, the answer is always 3! The reason for this seems to be because the author is treating the isprime[] variable as a method (i.e. function), rather than a boolean array. Now call me fussy but I actually like a program to actually do what it purports to do! I admit that I haven't read much more of the book so it could be that this is just an anomaly. However, errors like this are dead annoying and a real problem if you are trying to learn the language. All things considered I don't think the book deserves all these unequivocal endorsements. (PS. I fixed the problem by changing the second and third for-statements to: for(int i = 2; i <= n; i++) { for(int j = i; j*i <= max; j++) isprime[j*i] = false; }
It may not be pretty, but at least it works.)
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