Essential Java Programming Skills--Made Easy!
Fully updated for Java Platform, Standard Edition 8 (Java SE 8), Java: A Beginner's Guide, Sixth Edition gets you started programming in Java right away. Bestselling programming author Herb Schildt begins with the basics, such as how to create, compile, and run a Java program. He then moves on to the keywords, syntax, and constructs that form the core of the Java language. This Oracle Press resource also covers some of Java's more advanced features, including multithreaded programming, generics, and Swing. Of course, new Java SE 8 features such as lambda expressions and default interface methods are described. An introduction to JavaFX, Java's newest GUI, concludes this step-by-step tutorial.
Designed for Easy Learning:
- Key Skills & Concepts -- Chapter-opening lists of specific skills covered in the chapter
- Ask the Expert -- Q&A sections filled with bonus information and helpful tips
- Try This -- Hands-on exercises that show you how to apply your skills
- Self Tests -- End-of-chapter quizzes to reinforce your skills
- Annotated Syntax -- Example code with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated
The book's code examples are available FREE for download.
About the Author
Herbert Schildt is the world’s leading programming author and a renowned authority on Java, C++, and C#. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Herb’s acclaimed books include Java: The Complete Reference, Java: A Beginner's Guide, C++: The Complete Reference and C#: The Complete Reference.
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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful.
Too big and at the same time too shallow for a reference
By Constantine Kulak
The first impression after reading this book for one day -- it is definitely not a complete reference. Many important points are covered too shallow.
For example, while discussing Properties, the author mentions that this API is sort of obsolete, but he doesn't mention Preferences. In fact, Preferences are not mentioned at all (at least I couldn't find it in the Index). Another example -- StringTokenizer class, for which the author dedicates two pages, but doesn't mention how it is different from String.split, e.g. from the performance point of view. There are javadocs for ArrayList, but it doesn't say how it grows and when it shrinks. I was unable to find some of the important contracts, e.g. what has the higher priority for a TreeSet -- Comparator's 0, or element's equals returning false? Those are rather trivial questions, naturally appearing while reading the book, but unfortunately you'll have to google for it. The author provides virtually no hints about the implementation of the library and the language, which I believe is essential for understanding most of the design decisions. This is absolutely unacceptable for a reference book.
There are two other annoying things:
1. The book is full of Javadocs, I would say 1/3 of the book is Oracle javadocs, which I personally find rather useless. It looks like something completely artificial, added just to extend this (already enormous) volume.
2. The book is very thick, while the binding and cover are very soft and unsubstantial. It had some signs of wear already after one day of reading! If you use this book regularly as a reference, it will wear out very soon.
Having said that, I must mention that some of the topics are covered well, concise and right to the point. For example, I like the way author incorporated new Java 8 language features throughout the whole book. For instance, you will find lambdas and new collection features used regularly in examples. In general, I've got an impression that "Java Language" section is written better than "The Java Library" one.
Finally, it is hard to understand the point of this book -- it is far too huge to be read linearly, and it is not deep enough to serve as a reference. Probably, the best uses for it would be to remind some of the core language and library concepts, and also to learn new features of Java 8.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
I definitely recommend this book
By Amazon Customer
I ordered this book as well as the reference manual by the same author. I used java in college, but I haven't touched it since 2009. I wanted to relearn/refresh myself in java fundamentals.
The book is set up very well and introduces topics in good order. It doesn't introduce strings until you understand objects, etc. It has been fantastic so far in getting me up to speed. I like to know why something works, not just "Here, do this" with a light explanation and this book does a decent job of that. The reference manual I purchased (same author) as well as web searches helped for a deeper understanding of topics I feel I didn't fully grasp in this book.
If you are a beginner, this is a fantastic book for you. If you work through it, you will have a good understanding of java to build on. I know countless hours of console programming can make you want to roll your face on the keyboard, but don't try to build a house from the roof down. Get a strong foundation and build up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
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-PRO- The explanations are very detailed and easy to understand
By Justin Song
Sophomore year of my high school, I took computer science class. My teacher's explanations were hard to understand for beginners and thats when I decided to buy this book and study myself.
This book consists of 17 chapters that throughly explain all aspects of JAVA.
The explanations are very detailed and easy to understand. Sample codes in each chapters are fairly simple and easy to understand for beginners.
Also, self tests at the end of every chapter are really helpful resources to make sure you understand the chapters.
Even though this book is a beginner's guide, the explanations are very detailed and deep.
I recommend this book for people who are really into java and willing to learn java really deep. If you are trying to know the basics of java, and study for AP test, I do not recommend this book.