Java 2

PDF EBook by Herbert Schildt

EBook Description

This review is for the fifth edition which isn't on goodreads yet. Java 2 PDF EBook

"Java A Beginner's Guide" takes you through the language of no Java knowledge to what you need to know to start learning about libraries. It covers the core language and can be used to learn Java 5, 6 or 7. The book assumes you are new to the C++ family so parts are slow going if you already know those parts. The author does point out what is different from C++ for those with that background.

I liked the mix of text, explained code and "try this" exercises. Each chapter ends with a self test to test your knowledge. The author does a good job not dumbing things down for the reader while making it easy to follow. It even covers recursion.

The author usually explains when he does something differently than one would in the real world. There were a few cases where he didn't - PDF not using "com... in a package name", using get_pwr as a naming convention and using StringBuffer over StringBuilder (in this case the text was probably old.)

Overall, I liked this book better than the Deitel book for a programmer new to Java.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch. Like this book? Read online this: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027), Java.

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