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Pur non essendo un manuale di java per professionisti (non sarebbe for dummies, altrimenti), l'autore tratta la materia in maniera eccellente e con una buona dose di humor. Sembra quasi di non leggere un manuale tecnico. La versione di Java descritta è la 5 e si fanno dei cenni delle nuove features (collections, generics). Consigliato.
I'm not in the habit of leaving reviews - good or bad - for products purchased, but wanted to make an exception in this case. I was very impressed with 'Java for Dummies' and wanted to share my thoughts with others who might be interested in this book.
1) I found it concise, instructive, and extremely helpful in maneuvering through an unfamiliar programming language. The examples included in the book (and online) reinforced all the principles covered in the text.
2) Never, at any point, was it dry and boring. The author did a nice job of balancing theory and practice, with a professional style of writing and humor which continually engaged the reader.
3) The concepts ranged from introductory to complex, yet were logically structured to build upon each other. Some chapters, as expected, were tougher than others (my Achilles' heel was Chapter 13, which I had to read twice).
4) If you're starved for more information about a topic than that which is covered in the book, the author's website takes you above and beyond some of the more detailed subjects.
5) The price can't be beat.
Without a doubt, I'll be definitely returning to this book as a valuable reference source as I chart the Java Seas stretching out beyond the horizon.
Absolutely 100% satisfied with this book! The Java content is logically presented in an order which builds upon itself, so in the end you will be able to understand and compose complicated code by breaking it down into smaller and cleaner parts. Seeing how these smaller parts come together and interact with one another is brilliant, and high praise to the author for his presentation of this information. The presentation is sensible, and fun to read, as Barry is a comical guy!
If you have no programming experience and you want to learn Java, here is what to do for optimal (and I mean optimal!) understanding of the language: 1- Read Barry's other Java book titled "Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies" 2 THEN read this book (Java For Dummies)
I needed to have some JAVA background quite unexpectedly for a class. After checking out a number of the intro JAVA books available and being able to "look inside" this one, I decided to go with this one. The author says from the outset that this is appropriate for someone with no prior programming experience and takes you step by step, and I would say, for the most part, he keeps that in mind.
I needed a book that would explain the important concepts of java, but also introduce them to me from scratch. This book did exactly that. The writing is great, and easily understood, even if java itself seems to give me headaches! There are examples of pretty much everything that is explained, and whenever I had a moment where I looked at a code and said "what is that?" it would be explained a few pages later. All around good book.
The only reason I don't give it five stars is because there were no exercises for the beginner. This is a major oversight since reading about something and understanding it is so different from actually doing it. I had to go to another book for exercises and found they didn't always line up with what I was learning. The explanations themselves, however, were great.
It is not often that you come across a computer text book that really attempts to make learning a particular topic as painless as possible. I have read a number of texts on OOP and until reading Java For Dummies 5th edition have never had a good understanding of classes and objects. Mr. Burd is the first OOP author I have read that actually takes the time to explain in laymen's terms what a class and object are. I have completed 8 chapters in this book but I felt that I have read enough to give my positive opinion of this book. I am not a computer programer but as a computer hobbyist for many years I greatly appreciate a professional like Mr. Burd taking the time to explain concepts that he has spent many years mastering. Thank you Mr. Burd for an excellent Java manual and I look forward to finishing it and re-reading it.