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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology Inc; 3rd Revised edition edition (25 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418859834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418859831
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. Introduction to Java and Program Design 2. Creating a Java Application and Applet 3. Manipulating Data Using Methods 4. Decision Making and Repetition with Reusable Objects Appendices: A. Flowcharting, Pseudocode, and the Unified Modeling Language (UML) B. Installing the Java 2 SDK, TextPad, and Tomcat C. Changing Screen Resolution and Setting TextPad Preferences D. Compiling and Running Java Programs Using the Command Prompt Window E. Creating Documentation with Javadoc

About the Author

Gary B. Shelly wrote and published his first computer education textbook in 1969. More than twenty million copies of Shelly Cashman Series' textbooks have been sold. Gary and a talented group of contributing authors have produced books on computer programming, computer concepts, and application software that are the leading textbooks in the computer technology market today. Gary has hosted the annual Shelly Cashman Institute, a week-long training event focusing on the latest topics in technology, for the past 34 years. Thomas J. Cashman received his education at California State University, Los Angeles. He established one of the first business data processing programs in the U.S. at Long Beach City College in California, where he taught and served as department head. In 1969, he began collaborating with now best-selling author, Gary Shelly. Joy L. Starks is a Professor of Computer and Information Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She has written chapters in several of the Shelly Cashman Series Office books and authored the Photoshop, Java Programming, and Microsoft Publisher series of books. As well as speaking engagements, she also hosts the nationally-renowned Tech Camp for Teachers on the IUPUI campus each summer.

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Format: Paperback
As an introductory book it is excellent and worth the money. It provides help on accessing JavaSoft's JDK software (for free) and also comes with a free copy JBuilder3 University Edition to get you started.
The history and design techniques are covered in this book well but there are only 3 projects for the user to tackle and I was left with very little knowledge of the extent of the Java Programming language itself.
However, there is an accompanying title to this book 'Java Programming: Complete Concepts and Techniques' which for those wanting to progress further is well worth a look!
All in all a good book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money & makes you feel stupid 10 Mar. 2002
By Katrina Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in hoping to learn Java programming; instead I found a book that DID NOT explain the fundamental aspects of java programming in a clear and in an understandable format for a beginner. After reading the introduction chapter, I was confused by the author's explanation of simple OO terms. But I let it pass, since I thought the important aspect was knowing how to create components and codes for java. I was wrong; I should have returned the book back after reading the first chapter.
After going through the first few exercises in beginning chapters, I was unable to complete the supplementary labs since these labs were completely irreverent to the chapter exercises(There are no solutions in this book for the Test Your Knowledge, In the Lab, and Cases and Places- a section devoted to producing labs on your own). In the Case and Place section, the authors want the beginner reader to create some labs after every chapter on their own. They only provide a case scenario but they DO NOT help the reader produce these labs by providing a solution or step by step instructions in the back of the book if you get stuck(which WASTE a lot of your TIME and makes your head spin).These labs are completely IRRELEVANT in their designated chapters since the authors ask you to create components and programs that they DID NOT TEACH you in the previous chapters. Furthermore there are no solutions for these labs.
The explanations of the programming terms and coding are NOT clear and are NOT understandable; rather it was CONFUSING and VAGUE. The authors did NOT properly explain all the programming terms AND coding in a comprehensible language. Furthermore, this book did NOT SHOW the new programmer how to develop simple components in an understandable format, so the readers would be able to implement these components in their future programs.
This book is more of a SUMMARY than introducing a beginner to java programming. It seems to me that the authors expected that their reader must have some experience in java programming or needed a refresher in this language prior to purchasing this book. This book DOES NOT MAKE THE READER FEEL CONFIDANT IN learning, coding, and implementing java programming, rather it makes YOU FEEL VERY STUPID. You would be WASTING your MONEY and TIME if you purchased this book! This is one of the worst Java programming books that I purchased.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If there could be ZERO star 8 April 2008
By Daniel Tran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I suspect the Java knowledge of the author.
The book teaches you using outdated style of Java instead of new recent syntax such as J Components...
The explanation is extremely difficult to understand...
This damn book throws a wreck into my Java career.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Book is bloated with fluff. DONT BUY IT! 18 Nov. 2011
By 50tonrobot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My review round up:

- Don't buy this book.
- The book is nothing more than a partial reference manual chopped up and mixed with unnecessary babble.
- The Author did not put forth a decent effort to explain the Java code being used.
- By the time you are done skipping useless information in the book, you are left disappointed.

I was required to purchase this book for a class I am taking, and I have to say it is such a painful and arduous read. The author thinks they are doing the reader a huge favor by going through the design process for each programming example; when in reality it just puts so much in the way of what might simply be a cut up reference manual. Useful information is scattered through the book like needles in a haystack; the hay being tons of useless and repeated information. For example in Chapter 6; the author explains why a hypothetical company needs to build a Calculator program in Java, then insults the reader by repeating the explanation several times in different. There is even a request form explaining the need for the company to build the calculator, before any code is explained. The purpose of the chapter (to learn how to create a GUI interface in Java) is dwarfed by the superfluous ramblings. The useful information in this book is equivalent to what would be found in a reference manual; except that it is cut up and spread throughout the book; and the Author doesn't feel it necessary to provide a decent explanation of the Java Classes used.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money & makes you feel stupid! 10 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in hoping to learn Java programming; instead I found a book that DID NOT explain the fundamental aspects of java programming in a clear and in an understandable format for a beginner. After reading the introduction chapter, I was confused by the author's explanation of simple OO terms. But I let it pass, since I thought the important aspect was knowing how to create components and codes for java. I was wrong; I should have returned the book back after reading the first chapter.
After going through the first few exercises in beginning chapters, I was unable to complete the supplementary labs since these labs were completely irreverent to the chapter exercises(There are no solutions in this book for the Test Your Knowledge, In the Lab, and Cases and Places- a section devoted to producing labs on your own). In the Case and Place section, the authors want the beginner reader to create some labs after every chapter on their own. They only provide a case scenario but they DO NOT help the reader produce these labs by providing a solution or step by step instructions in the back of the book if you get stuck(which WASTE a lot of your TIME and makes your head spin). However, these labs are completely IRRELEVANT in their designated chapters since the authors ask you to create components and programs that they DID NOT TEACH you in the previous chapters. Furthermore there are no solutions for these labs.
The explanations of the programming terms and coding are NOT clear and are NOT understandable; rather it was CONFUSING and VAGUE. The authors did NOT properly explain all the programming terms AND coding in a comprehensible language. Furthermore, this book did NOT SHOW the new programmer how to develop simple components in an understandable format, so the readers would be able to implement these components in their future programs.
This book is more of a SUMMARY than introducing a beginner to java programming. It seems to me that the authors expected that their reader must have some experience in java programming or needed a refresher in this language prior to purchasing this book. This book DOES NOT MAKE THE READER FEEL CONFIDANT IN learning, coding, and implementing java programming, rather it makes YOU FEEL VERY STUPID. You would be WASTING your MONEY and TIME if you purchased this book! This is one of the worst Java programming books that I purchased.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Java Review 27 Sept. 2007
By James A. Mccoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book was bought for someone else and they said it suits their purpose just fine. It was received in a timely manner and in very good condition.
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