Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours (3rd Edition)

Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours (3rd Edition)

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  • Release Date: 22 October, 2002
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Author: Rogers Cadenhead

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Customer Rating: 3.3 of 5 (37 total reviews)

  • 4 starsGreat for beginners.

    I bought this book to help with a Computer Science course that I was taking in college. I needed something quick and easy to read, and this one is both. The lessons are very basic, and I think this is a great book for any beginner who wants to know a little bit about the language. The chapters are well-organized, and you can find practially any topic you want in a matter of minutes.

    The bad thing about this book is that it only covers basic Java programming, so it didn't help very much when I had to write advanced programs in my class. I would recommend you find something a little more advanced than this if you need help with your programming labs.

  • 3 starsI didn't think this was bad for a "starter" book.

    I thought this book was okay. I'm learning Java at work right now, and have also taken a class in "C" (I bought the Teach Yourself C in 21 Days, also from Sams...).

    I think, however, that Sams should write an "Introduction to Modern Programming" or something like that, a sort-of C, C++, Java "primer."

    "if" Statements, and variables, and ints and Strings, etc., etc. are all relatively similar in C and its "offspring"--C++ and Java. Each of these books seems to start with chapter after chapter explaining variables and then the logic of loops, etc., which are all about the same thing for all three languages.

    Rather than wasting pages and pages in each book, why not have a cheap 5- or 6-chapter book explaining the data types and loop structures so that the C and C++ and Java books can then actually discuss what makes their language different from the others, and how to more effectively use it to get done what you need to accomplish.

    All-in-all, however, this book wasn't bad as a primer for people who want to learn Java. Just make sure you use Sun's on-line tutorial as well. Good luck!

  • 5 starsI found this book to be an excellent start...

    Although I had some previous scripting experience, I am still basically a beginning programmer. However, I found it easy to grasp the basics of Java using this book. If you are new to programming and want to grasp the basics of Java, I do recommend this book...