Ivor Horton's Beginning Java
By Ivor Horton
Publisher: Wiley / Wrox
Final Release Date: August 2011
Pages: 1150

The most thorough and accessible introduction to the Java language

Whether you want to learn Java to write customized applets to embed in your web pages or large-scale applications, this is the book for you. Ivor Horton's comprehensive and easy-to-use tutorial guide provides you with the essential know-how for developing programs using the latest Java Development Kit 7 (JDK 7). It integrates step-by-step examples with clear explanations of key concepts to clearly show you the ins and outs of Java development. As you progress through the chapters, you'll gain invaluable programming experience that will enable you to begin writing fully featured, real-world Java programs.

Ivor Horton's Beginning Java:

  • Covers the main terms and concepts that are essential to programming in Java

  • Explains what the language elements do and how you can effectively apply them in practice

  • Provides an extensive introduction to the key packages in the Java class library illustrated with full working examples

  • Walks you through building a robust application to give you a better understanding of how to apply Java in practical projects

  • Explores the XML and XSLT capability that comes with the JDK

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.


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Programming in Java in 20 min.

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from Swartz Creek, MI

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  • Easy to understand
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I loved the PDF format with my tablet to my right and programming using Java on my PC in 20 minutes. I was looking for a book that provided the details without bogging down into useless chatter. The book fulfilled that goal and I was programming with classes ( and understanding them ) in a couple of hours.

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Not good for Mac OS X computers

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from Nacka, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, Tellus

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  • Accurate
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  • Not working with Mac OS X

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I am disappointed over this book. It starts out so well to crash and burn with not warning me as a buyer that this book will not work with Mac OS X.

How I use a book is to have the paper book next to me for the codes and reading the text with my e-book reader. I use my old MacBook for writing code since I like Mac for writing code. Now, Mac don't support Java 7 and the book don't warn me as a reader for that.

That is good with the book is clear and easy to understand. The author is clear with to understand the language Java you need to understand it's parts and that making flashy GUI will not happen fast. By going through the terminal (UNIX/Linux system) or command prompt (Windows OS) you will learn to write good code. That I like.

The bad is I can't use this book on a Mac. For me as a picky consumer and reader, that make this book go into storage until Apple decides to support Java 7.

Wonder if I can get a refund for this? After all, I am not a 100 % happy customer. =)

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