Big Java: Programming and Practice

Big Java: Programming and Practice

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  • Release Date: 20 December, 2001
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Author: Cay Horstmann

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Customer Rating: 3.25 of 5 (12 total reviews)

  • 5 starsGreat for College Course

    I'm a Java instructor at a state university, and I recently received a copy of this book. I think it addresses the needs of a classroom far better than many of the other Java books I've seen so far. We used Core Java for a while, but it lacked the pacing, visual aids, and examples that were needed for our students. I think it will be perfect for our 2nd-semester students who have had a semester of C++ and now need to explore inheritance, polymorphism, and recursion. I particularly like the fact that Big Java introduces container classes and elementary data structures, providing a smooth path from this level into a full-blown data structures course in the following semester. Another plus: Horstmann introduces graphics at a very early point in the book, making this topic easily accessible and providing motivation for the students to explore graphical programming at a deeper level later on in the course.

  • 3 starsGood for computer science students

    This book is different from the other popular Core Java books by the same author. It has many mathematics examples. Some examples are useful in business. I trained Java and Advanced Java in many firms in the New York area. This book is too much for one Java course, and not enough Advanced topics for two courses. But it is a valuable reference for someone who knows Java.

  • 1 starsClear as Mud

    This book was in use by my High School son's computer science class. I am a C programmer with little Java background, and I found this book confusing and of little value. Multiple examples were carried through the book, but in a sporadic fashion that makes it difficult to follow from start to finish. This is a terrible reference book, and I've got to believe there are better books about Java available.

    The one star is for the benefit of those that want some of the computer science knowledge that is contain within. The author should have focused on that aspect of their knowledge-base, and used Java for the examples.

    If you're new to Java, but not programming, look elsewhere as this book won't be of much use.