- Paperback: 1152 pages
- Publisher: Pearson Education; 5 edition (7 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0273774425
- ISBN-13: 978-0273774426
- Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 3.7 x 25 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,702,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starting Out with Java: From Control Structures Through Objects Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Tony Gaddis is the principal author of the Starting Out with series of textbooks. He has nearly two decades of experience teaching computer science courses, primarily at Haywood Community College. Tony is a highly acclaimed instructor who was previously selected as the North Carolina Community College Teacher of the Year, and has received the Teaching Excellence award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. The Starting Out with series includes introductory textbooks covering Programming Logic and Design, Alice, C++, Java, Microsoft Visual Basic, and Python. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
So I'm a college student at k-state. Why review this book then? well I actually am enjoying this book. As a person who hates text books because they are fairly difficult to understand (and I have aspergers), this book is the first text book I'm enjoying.
This book goes over a lot of stuff. From simple basics to some advance. I'm not sure who "Software Engineer" is but this book DOES go over the basics and moves towards some advanced stuff.
is it worth the money?
That depends on the person buying it. I'd say rent it first then buy it, take note you will be paying more in the end if you do that. I did do that and I have no regrets as a person who seriously enjoys programming.
What does it come with?
The book IF PURCHASED NEW, will have a code you can use to get access to some goodies like videos and files that have the code (i reccommend coding it down yourself for a better learning experience).
Do you reccomend the book?
Oh yes certainly. Again if your not a huge fan and just checking it out or simply taking the class to earn credits, just rent it. If your getting it for k-state and are just getting into the programming class, Start on chapter 2, that's where the coding begins so you'll get a better start for the semester.
Why 4/5 and not 5/5?
two things, it doesn't go over MVC (model-view-controller) which my prof does go over. and this book is paper back, whish it was hardback so that it would last me longer.
I did utilize the MyProgramminLab resource. It was too simplistic and clumsy to utilize. And, if I were to utilize the Review and Practice Questions and Algorithm Workbench and Programming Challenges for each Chapter, there is no where to go to find out if I got the answers correct. Shouldn't the online resource have something that lets you work on these in the book and then check the online resource on what was the correct answer. I literally have nothing to refer to to find out what the correct answers are. There are online Video Notes: but there is only 1 video note for 1 of 18 Practice Programming Challenges. I'd like to do the Programming Challenges, but I have no idea how to proceed, and no time left to just dive in after spending literally 12 to 15 hours in a week just reading and analyzing the text with 80 pages. If this book is taught as an online class, the student is left floundering, desperately trying to achieve but is left as if trying to solve a problem with variables that don't fit in the given problem.
Not only that but I was on hold for hours when trying to contact them about getting my access code back. I don't care if this is the fault of the book, but only that their association with MyProgramming Lab provided a poor experience, and now I'm going to just drop the course and learn Java on my own.