Java Programming for Dummies

If you’re ready to start using Java 2 instead of simply watching on the sidelines as way-cool Web applets dance across your browser window, grab yourself a copy of the third edition of the popular Java Programming For Dummies and get set to rock your world. Find out how to add oomph and interactivity to your Web sites with nifty Java applets, provide a friendly user interface to your corporate database, or develop games as you plumb the pages of Java Programming For Dummies, 3rd Edition: Mast

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5 thoughts on “Java Programming for Dummies”

  1. Review by Rich Voigt for Java Programming for Dummies Rating: The title of the book says it all. I was a dummy to buy this book. If you want to learn Java, this book is not for you. I good ground-level book is “Teach Yourself Java” by Joseph O’Neil. A good 2nd book is “Just Java” by Peter van der Linden.

  2. Review by Adam Taylor for Java Programming for Dummies Rating: I had high hopes for this book, after flicking through a lot of the Java books in the bookstore, this one really appealed to me because of the large text and nice diagrams. And while the book was pleasently easy to understand (most of the time), it just doesn’t flow very well. I found that around page 130-140 I was finding out the stuff I was wanting to know within the first few pages. They also throw in a chapter on HTML in the most inappropriate place. This book seems VERY rushed, and this is obvious from the large number of errors. I was stuck on my code for a number of hours, before I got help from someone on IRC… they were like “uhh WHY does Switch always have a capital S?” and I replied “because this stupid book told me to *sigh*. Even the bonus pull-out “cheat sheet” that summarizes the whole book has at least one missing semi-colon. Trust me, get something a bit more… concise.

  3. Review by [email protected] for Java Programming for Dummies Rating: Java Programming for Dummies is probably one of the most ambitious books in the Dummies series. The book gives an excellent introduction to Java programming, mainly covering web applet programming. The writing style of the authors, Donald J. Koosis and David Koosis, perhaps isn’t as funny as those of other Dummies-writers, but what they lack in the joke department is weighed up by nice and easy-to-read explanations of difficult subjects. They have concentrated most of the text on how to program web applets, a wise choice considering this is an introductury text on Java programming. Even though this is a book for the absolute beginner in Java programming, the subjects are so well and thoroughly explained that the book can be used as a reference later on! My only complaint is that the book’s covers should specify that the reader should have at least some programming experience. I soon understood that without my sparse knowledge of Visual Basic, I wouldn’t have understood the programming concepts as fast as I did. Perhaps this shows that Java programming isn’t suitble for Dummies right away. But this book makes Java programming understandable for us dummies too!

  4. Review by Aftab. for Java Programming for Dummies Rating: .This book is a prime example of a ‘deadline’ that had to be met (during it’s production).It’s an obvious attempt to get the book quickly on to circulation in order keep up with other competitors, rather than understand the psychology of a ‘novice’ programmer…………………….. (Looks to me it relied too much on the success/reputation of previous ‘DUMMIES’ books).If you’re learning to swim.. you’ll suddenly find yourself in the deep end… & drown (without warning)! If you currently lack confidence in your programming ability… you’ll be lacking more after this.Rather than seeking knowledge… you’ll be FIGHTING IRRITATION ! Recommendation : ‘Beginning Java’ (by Ivor Horton) – fully restored my confidence.

  5. Review by Lee for Java Programming for Dummies Rating: If you don’t know how to program and you don’t know Java, don’t buy this book. Even though it says it’s for “dummies” and explicitly says you don’t have to be a programmer to use it, you do. The authors very clearly show you how to write the code, and then tell you it must be compiled. But they don’t tell you how to compile it. I’ve combed the book, the appendix, the text covering what’s on the CD-ROM, and the readme material on the CD-ROM. Nothing. Worse, I shelled out for the book as half of the two-volume Java 2 Toolkit for Dummies set. The simpler book, Java for Dummies, doesn’t explain compiling, either, because it isn’t about programming, but I checked. Java Programming for Dummies – 3rd edition, no less – says in its introduction that it’s for people who “know a bit of HTML” and “may have written some macros.” I can build an HTML page and I can record and alter MS Office macros, but I haven’t a clue about how to compile code. A 90-day version of a Java writing-and-editing program called JBuilder is on the CD-ROM, but I’ve seen JBuilder, and it isn’t simple to learn, particularly if you only have help files from the CD-ROM to consult. Besides, you shouldn’t have to learn how to use a software program before you can begin to use a beginners book. I can’t DO anything now, except go buy another book that actually explains how to write and use a Java program. The book also suffers from sloppy copy editing, usually just an annoyance, but in a beginners’ book, a hazard. For example, it refers to Appendix A for instructions about the CD-ROM. There is no Appendix A. If you don’t think that’s a problem, remember what a snipe hunt is like for the victim.

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