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Introduction to Java Programming with JBuilder 4 (Pie) Paperback – 23 Jul 2001

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  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (23 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130333646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130333643
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 21 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,622,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although familiar with procedural programming in C++ and Visual Basic, I am new to Object Oriented programming language. I have worked through several books on Java, and, for a beginner to OOP, I think this is the clearest and most systematic textbook I have come across.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a5e21d4) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0x9ab15ae0) out of 5 stars Excellent Java Text! 4 Mar. 2002
By Michael Praetorius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best Java texts I have come across, and being a computer scientist myself, I have seen many. If you truly want to learn the concepts of Java programming, by means of well-chosen, hands-on examples, and from an excellent teacher and explainer to boot, then this is the book for you. A special forte of this very readable text is the balance the author strikes between explaining object-oriented principles on the one hand and imparting practical programming and software-engineering knowledge on the other.
But the greatest plus of this book are the numerous brief programming examples that serve to elucidate salient points. There are literally hundreds of them, often just a few lines of Java code that illustrate some "popular" mistake, or some important feature of the language. Like a good coach, the author guides the reader's training by means of these exercises; he also knows exactly where the pitfalls are, and shows how to avoid them.
Two caveats. First, this book covers Java up to the Level 1 Java certification exam. If you are looking for JDBC database programming, you won't find it here. Second, the title of the book may be slightly misleading insofar as you will find JBuilder explained well, but only to the degree needed to program the examples of the book. A deeper explanation of JBuilder along with Java database programming and other advanced concepts may be found in the same author's book, "Rapid Java Application Development using JBuilder" (but read this one first).
To sum up, this book deserves its popularity as a great Java text in its own right. It will be useful to all those who are serious about learning Java programming, whether they intend to use JBuilder or not.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab15b34) out of 5 stars Good Textbook 15 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I took a course using this book. The book is easy to read and has a lot of short and good examples. I did not have any programming background before taking the course. I feel I learned a lot from the book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab41294) out of 5 stars Good beginner text, but way too expensive 5 Dec. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was dissapointed in this book. There are a number of "Beginner" texts out there for Java that cover most of the topics addressed by this book, at a signficantly lower price. I already know Java, and was looking for a good crash course on the Jbuilder environment. What I got was way more tailored to the beginning Java programmer, and not nearly enough to how to use Jbuilder.
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HASH(0x9bce76f0) out of 5 stars where's the beef? 4 Oct. 2002
By Ben Hickman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a computer science student and have programmed in numerous languages including BASIC, COBOL, FORTRAN, HP SPL, C, and DELPHI (PASCAL). The course I am following based on this text is my first exposure to Java and Borland's JBuilder. While the text provides many sample programs, the applications are very specific and rather contrived. If you are an experienced programmer new to Java, you will find this text to be a poor reference. The skills most important to getting started with JBuilder, creating a new project and managing the files, are dealt with very summarily and may end up causing you hours of frustration. If you're planning to learn at home, I suggest searching a bit further before settling for this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bce7648) out of 5 stars Near-excellent book 26 Sept. 2003
By Brian P. Kalfus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think this book is near-excellent. I have a great deal of programming experience in other languages, so I cannot speak for those who have had no programming experience. But for those who have, this book is terrific. If you want to get into Java, you might take a class that begins with GUI right away. This is a mistake, and the author recognizes this. He starts with basic programming fundamentals and then he explains object-oriented concepts in the two most important chapters 6 and 8. Only after you are comfortable with inheritance, constructors, and interfaces does he go into Swing. The Swing chapters are fun! You should do all the exercises. The only drawback to the book is that there are lots of typographical errors. But the author posts Errata on his web site and does respond to e-mail, so you can notify him when you see a mistake. Speaking of the web site, he has tests that you can take. These tests are not easy. He really tests your knowledge. I usually get a score in the 80s because there are many trick questions. But you learn to appreciate them because they really get you to study closely. I recommend this book to programmers experienced in other languages who are just now beginning Java. If you are new to programming, you may want to try another book, but chapters 1 through 5 should help you if you want to stay with this book.
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