Learning Java, Second Edition

Learning Java, Second Edition

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  • Release Date: July, 2002
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Authors: Patrick Niemeyer, Jonathan Knudsen

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Customer Rating: 3.54 of 5 (48 total reviews)

  • 5 starsLearning Java? Great book for your library

    I've been reading other reviews and mostly the negative reviews emphasize the learning curve and just how difficult some of the more examples are. Well, the title of the book "Learning Java". There's nothing to indicate that this book is for beginnners. This book is aimed towards a seasoned programmer (some C/C++ and java) and goes in-depth at some points in the book about the complier, garbage collection, etc. etc. and things that you normally wouldn't get out of a beginner's book. Most beginner books are syntax based and very example oriented.
    While this book gives numerous examples, they're very abstract in emphasizing the author's point. I find the book very readable even though I'm extremely new to Java. I've programmed mostly in server side scripting (ASP,PHP,CFM,JSP), I've done very little in C and I have some C++ experience, but it helps in understanding Java even more. If you like the Java programming language, but want to go beyond just the basics, this is definitely the book for you.

  • 3 starsNot the best introduction to Java/O.O. programming

    Programmers who have learned such languages such as C++ will find that learning Java is easy, and somewhat painless since both use Object Oriented Programming. But what about those who do not have such experience?

    For those who have experience in O.O.Programming, this book will suit you just fine. However, for the rest of us, this book will be difficult to get through, let alone understand. You can read the book, understand the syntax, but unless you understand O.O.Programming, you will not be able to make effective use of this book.

    My other complaint for this book was the lack of problems for novices to try. Many other O'Reilly books on programming will put problems at the end of every chapter (e.g. Learning Perl, Practical C Programming, etc.) but not this one. I think that would help any new Java programmer immensely.

    One last complaint for this book was the first couple chapters. The authors tried to give you some code to try out (obviously to get new Java programmers excited about Java), but did so before even presenting Java concepts, so a reader will find himself frustrated from the start.

    I had to give this book 3 stars because the content overall was good, but was definitely assuming too much from the reader. For people with C++ background, you will definitely enjoy this book, but if not, you will find yourself most frustrated.

  • 4 starsWell paced introduction to Java for coders w/ experience

    I read through some of the reviews for this book and I agree that this book is best for someone who is new to Java, but not new to object oriented programming. I would imagine that learning programming from scratch using this book would leave a lot of questions unanswered. But for someone with coding experience (like myself) this book offered a well paced overview of the language, some curious details (that would be irrelevant to a beginning programmer) and well thought out and clear examples. I would recommend it to anyone switching from other languages, but with some idea of object oriented programming.