Java? Programming: Guided Learning with Early Objects

This innovative new text, intended for the beginning programmer, introduces objects early but gently and includes a variety of examples and exercises intended to support each new concept. With a clear emphasis on self-study and the student learning experience, Malik and Burton employ a straightforward writing style that parallels the learning method of the contemporary CS1 student. Before a key topic is introduced, the student learns why the concept is important, and then sees examples. Java Pro

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Professional Java Programming

Java has developed into a robust, and dynamic general purpose programming language, which has proved itself to be adaptable, extensible and well suited to a range of development environments. This book is about improving your core Java programming skills and learning how to create professional Java applications. Every Java developer, whatever their speciality, wants to expand their Java knowledge and expertise. Over the course of this book, you’ll discover the particulars of working with the Ja

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5 thoughts on “Java? Programming: Guided Learning with Early Objects”

  1. Review by for Professional Java Programming Rating: As its generic title implies, this book doesn’t really focus on a single Java topic. Instead, it covers many different topics, most of which area relatively advanced, and does a decent job with almost all of them. Some of the chapters were on topics that are pretty basic, such as event handling and layout managers, but even in those areas I found lots of useful tips and tricks.My one complaint is that some of the examples were a bit contrived. On the other hand, the code samples were extremely clear and easy to understand, and I suppose that there’s a tradeoff there between realism and simplicity. That’s why I’m still giving this book five stars — because even if the examples weren’t “realistic”, they were at least effective.Since the topics are largely unrelated to one another (with the obvious exception that they’re all relevant to Java programmers), this isn’t a book that I’d recommend someone read from cover-to-cover. However, I do consider it a very good reference for most of the subjects that it covers, and a good starting point for the remainder.

  2. Review by for Professional Java Programming Rating: I think I have a good understanding of basics of Java, but I almost didn’t buy this title because I’m still pretty new to the language. But I got it because I needed to do printing and with Java 1.3 and was very pleasantly surprised with this book. It is very well written with lots of clear example code and with minimal ‘jargon’. I haven’t read the whole thing yet but I really found the printing chapter clear and easy to understand and I was able to use some of the code unmodified inside my application and some other with very little change. I also have been able to have some questions answered about JTABLE that I had before by flipping to the section in the table chapter of this book. So far its been a really good reference book for me and has chapters on a lot of other things that I will need to know about. Alot of times I’m disappointed with the quality of writing in the programming books I buy but this author is really good at making things simple and clear. Another thing I like about this book is that it covers both client and server topics (but no jsp or servlet info – just stuff like threading and distributed programming etc.) so it isnt limited to just one area of Java.

  3. Review by Mark Mitchell for Professional Java Programming Rating: Many titles focus on a single title, and they often seem to be packed full of material that’s marginally useful at best and irrelevant at works. In contrast, this one tackles a large number of topics that many Java programmers will need to know about, and for the most part, it manages to cover those topics in more than enough depth to allow the reader to really understand and use the Java technologies that it covers. However, it doesn’t just examine those technologies from an academic perspective, but includes lots of clear examples and code that could be very useful. In some cases, the code is appropriate for use directly within an application, while in other cases, utility programs are included that help the reader to understand or use the technology better. The best example of this latter case that comes to mind is in the chapter on layout managers, where the author provides a really useful utility program that makes it easy to play with GridBagLayout and see how modifying the various constraints affects the components within the layout. In that same chapter, he also describes how to create a custom layout manager (it turned out to be easier than I expected) and provides an example of one that’s actually pretty useful, at least in the scenario described.   The areas where I felt this book was weak were in the chapters on object-oriented design and distributed objects. While those chapters were ok and easy to understand, they don’t provide a great deal of depth, and if you want to know more on those subjects, you should probably look elsewhere, although this book might be a good starting point for a beginner. Overall, though, the chapters provided plenty of depth, and I consider this a really outstanding book. It took me a while to finish it, but it was definitely worth the effort, and I’d recommend it to anyone who has advanced beyond the most basic levels of Java programming.

  4. Review by for Professional Java Programming Rating: Overall I’m pretty pleased with this book and would have to say that there are alot more things that I like about it than things I didn’t like. As other reviewers have pointed out, the writing is very clear and concise, which is really important for advanced topics like the ones covered here. This book also covers a lot of subjects and mostly examines them in plenty of detail, but not so much detail that it put me to sleep or became irrelevant trivia, as some books tend to do.Another really nice thing about this book is that it keeps me from having to go out and buy a bunch of other books that each cover one of the topics included in this one. Most of the topics in Professional Java Programming have been covered elsewhere, but it would have cost me alot more money to go buy all those other books than it did for me to just get this one. But even in the case of topics that have been covered elsewhere, this book does a good job. An example of that is its coverage of layout managers, and the description of how GridBagLayout works in particular was the best I’ve ever read.I do have a couple of gripes, such as the lack of a CD. Yes, I know that I can download the code from the Wrox web site, but I’d still like to get a CD. I also think the chapter on distributed objects should have been longer or at least the RMI section broken out into its own chapter. I’d like for it to have covered the activation framework, since that’s an advanced topic and this is a book on advanced topics. The distributed objects chapter is probably really good if you’re new to the subject, but for advanced programmers (which I understand the book is targeted for), it doesn’t provide a lot of new information. Overall, though I’m pleased with this title and would recommend it to tohers.

  5. Review by for Professional Java Programming Rating: This is a great reference book that covers both simple and more advanced topics in Java. I bought this to help me prepare to teach a Java programming class, and now plan to recommend it to all my students. The writing is clear and to-the-point, unlike some other titles that tend to be a bit on the wordy side. Code samples are sprinkled liberally throughout most of the chapters, and like the writing, they are simple, easy to understand, and effective.In addition to a chapter on JDBC, this book includes a chapter that describes the various persistence options available to Java programmers, and nicely frames JDBC’s role as one such option. That chapter also describes the InputStream, OutputStream, Reader, and Writer classes in the package, along with an in-depth discussion of serialization. Another favorite of mine was the chapter on creating custom GUI components, a topic that I’ve not seen covered in many other places.My only complaint is that this book doesn’t come with a CD-ROM, but the code listings in the book are at least downloadable from the publisher’s web site.

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