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Would be better if titled 'Introduction to Java for Dummies',
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This book has some great analogies and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I read this as my first ever introduction to Java and I think it was quite a good place to start. If you have no experience with programming then perhaps you would be frustrated with this books lack of detail though.
Java certainly does seem to have it's share of peculiarities and this short books code samples, inevitably have a ' just take this as written' style of explanation in places. What you get is a fun to read, whistle stop tour that illustrates how to do stuff with Java, which is probably going to leave you wanting for more .
The explanation of interfaces is pretty poor IMHO, in trying to explain things in a fun way, avoiding using technical words, the book left me frustrated here! As with a lot of 'Dummies' books, there are plenty of 'see chapter X for details on Y' all over the place, and this gets a bit tiresome, there is an Index after all. Such a basic idea as starting Class names with capital letters is not mentioned unless I'm mistaken? This was my first big 'AHA' discovery when I started reading my /2nd/ book about Java after finishing this one !!
Generally speaking, this book is not comprehensive enough in itself to really get one up to speed and writing Java programs, it's just been honed down too much and even the frequent references to the books Web site don't seem to compensate fully. Personally I still think I need to read quite extensively on the subject before I am able to rely on the API documentation as the main source of information. I am just glad to have a good overview of Java before I set my teeth into a bigger book which is able to present the more detailed specifics of the language.
As a final note, I would add that I agree with another reviewer who says that the 'Java: How To Program' book is a great place to go for coding practice. Knowledge without action is often useless.