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Java for the World Wide Web (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 11 Sep 1998
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From the Back Cover
Visual QuickStart Guides are rapidly becoming the easiest, clearest and most sought-after titles for learning complex new Internet technologies. Even a quick glance at web design sites for the non-programmer (like C|net's Content Builder) shows that designers, graphic artists and content-creators want to use Java. The web is filled with content creators who have used a pre-built Java app., and probably not been 100% satisfied with the results. With just enough Java to get going doing something useful, a strict focus on visual Java (meaning using Java to make interface elements for web pages), and a quality guarantee that the Java in this book will work in most - if not all - web browsers, Java for the World Wide Web:Visual QuickStart Guide is sure to be an indispensable guide to the decade's most important new programming language for the web scripter.
About the Author
Dori Smith has been programming for over 20 years. As a partner in Chalcedony Consulting, she does programming, training, writing, and Web design. You can find out more about her at her personal site. Dori is also a contributing editor for NetProfessional magazine, is on their advisory board, and is a member of the Web Standards Project Steering Committee.
Top customer reviews
Smith is a great writer, with good humour and very light, easy style. Given a couple of hundred pages instead of this short tome and Smith would have a winning book.
Unfortunately, because you're rushing through Java, Smith doesn't really tell you why you're doing things, or how to work with Java in general. The examples are clear, and each one builds on the last, but you never really end up understanding enough to branch out on your own.
You will have to buy another book if you want to learn anything that's not in one of the examples in Smith's book. That said, it's cheap enough and small enough, so it's not a complete waste of time. I suppose it's just the style of these quick start books.
If you program lots already, aviod it. This is a beginners book. Not even intermediate. But you will begin to grasp Java in hours!
Java 1.2 and the Java Foundation Classes have dramatically altered the Java world and I think that it is a waste of time to learn anything about graphical applications or applets under Java 1.0
Other than that glaring problem, the book is lucid and well thought out. It is another fine example of the Visual Quickstart Guides, but it needs to updated to cover the Java Foundation Classes and Swing.
The book is very simple to read with a lot of screen shots and photos. While being simple to read by the end of it you are making complicated and very impressive Java applets.
I highly recommend it for the absolute beginner or a programmer who is new to Java.
Best of luck with it,
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