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The Jury is still out on this one!
on 18 December 2000
I bought this book on solely on the recommendation of various on-line reviews, as this book doesn't appear to be stocked by any of the major UK book retailers.
Having now had a chance to have a rummage through it, my initial impression is that's very good in some areas and poor in others.
Example of the good: it is excellent at explaining difficult ideas in a way that not only do you understand the immediate concept but your also able to relate it to other similar ideas and grow on it.
Example of the poor: I guess that the authors dropped the manuscript on a windy day while taking it to their publishers as the book seems to jump around all over the place. The book just doesn't seem to 'logically' progress in any coherent way that I can understand.
I also find it odd that a book that describes itself as ideal for undergrads assumes so little knowledge of 'basic' computing. It almost seems to be targeting the 'over 60's' in this respect.
I think that if you buy this book solely in the hope that it'll teach you Java your going to be disappointed. If you want to understand the concepts and do some working examples then I think that this is probably the book for you.
For those that really want to learn to code and go into the commercial sector then I can fully recommend....... Begining Java 2 JDK 1.3 by Ivor Horton printed by Wrox Press.