Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days, 3rd Edition
- By Laura Lemay, Rogers Cadenhead
- Published Aug 15, 2002 by Sams. Part of the Sams Teach Yourself series.
- Copyright 2003
- Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
- Pages: 736
- Edition: 3rd
- ISBN-10: 0-672-32370-2
- ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32370-6
- eBook (Adobe DRM)
- ISBN-10: 0-7686-6020-3
- ISBN-13: 978-0-7686-6020-3
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Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days, Third EditionAuthor Bio
Rogers Cadenhead is the author of 12 books on Internet-related topics, including Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft FrontPage 2002 in 24 Hours, but not Teach Yourself to Tell Time in 10 Minutes. Cadenhead is also a Web application developer and the publisher of sites that receive more than 7 million visits a year. He maintains this book's official World Wide Web site at http://www.java21days.com.
Laura Lemay is a technical writer and author. After spending six years writing software documentation for various computer companies in Silicon Valley, she decided that writing books would be much more fun. In her spare time, she collects computers, e-mail addresses, interesting hair colors, and non-running motorcycles. She is also the perpetrator of Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in a Week and Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days.
Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days continues to be one of the most popular, best-selling Java tutorials on the market. Written by two expert technical writers, it has been acclaimed for its clear and personable writing, for its extensive use of examples, and for its logical and complete organization.
This new edition of the book maintains and improves upon all these qualities, while updating, revising, and reorganizing the material to cover the latest developments in Java and to expand the book¿s coverage of core Java programming topics.
Sun¿s new version of Java 2 Standard Edition¿SDK version 1.4¿is expected to be released by the end of 2001. According to Sun, version 1.4 builds upon Java¿s cross-platform support and security model with new features and functionality, enhanced performance and scalability, and improved reliability and serviceability.
87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
A well-organised tutorial to get you up to speed in Java,
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (Teach Yourself in 21 Days Series) (Paperback)I found most of the content in the negative reviews here bewildering. To take some examples:
"The code doesn't compile" - yes it does.
"They teach you deprecated code" - yes they do. This is because if you want to write applets, you have to use deprecated code. This is reiterated frequently throughout the applet section. They also teach you Java 2 code.
"They don't explain the examples" - yes they do, often giving line-by-line explanations. There are a couple of early examples that use yet-to-be-explained code, but they tell you this (it would be impossible to write functioning code with all you learned in day 1).
"They don't build on a foundation" - yes they do. The class concept is clearly explained, then the syntax, data types, then you move onto applet writing.
I suspect most of the negative contributors here are merely venting their frustration.
My only problem with this type of book is that it is unrealistically... Read more
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Good for beginners, something for experts,
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (2nd Edition) (Paperback)An excellent criteria to apply to any book designed to teach a topic is that experienced teachers can find something to use in future lessons. Since I have taught Java for over three years and am currently teaching three sections using the JDK 1.3, I can humbly consider myself experienced in the language. There are two examples in the book that gave me the ideas for additional lessons that I have incorporated into my current classes.
However, that does not mean that the material is too advanced for beginners. On the contrary, the initial position and the movement is ideal for someone just learning the language. Some of the material that is new and improved in the JDK 1.3 is examined, although not in detail.
If you are in need of a book that will give you a quick overview of a language that you are unfamiliar with, then this book is a good choice if the language is Java. The examples are good, current and expressed in a form that is easy to understand.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Good for someone who understands the basics of programming,
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (Teach Yourself in 21 Days Series) (Paperback)As long as you understand Object-Oriented Programming basics, this is a good place to start for learning Java. Good as a primer before you get into a book that covers Java more deeply. Of course, to really learn any language you need about 8 books on it, so don't be surprised if there's some things this book doesn't cover. It teaches you the basics of class structures, etc. and spends a lot of time on applets. I'd say that if you wanted to learn to write applications in Java 2, this is not the book for you. It mentions nothing-to-little about the implementation of data structures in Java (i.e. stacks, trees) and reading from / writing to files. Also, it assumes knowledge of SQL for the later, advanced chapters.
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Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Q&A, Quiz and Exercises.)
WEEK 1. THE JAVA LANGUAGE.
WEEK 2. THE JAVA CLASS LIBRARY.
WEEK 3. JAVA PROGRAMMING.
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