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Kishore Dandu
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My question is:
Since we have many choices for introductory and advanced reading on Java, what is the value proposition of this book?


Kishore
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Chengwei Lee
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Yep, same questions here. With all the tutorials on Java website, JavaRanch, Java Developer's Forum & jGuru, all FOC, what's the compeeling reason(s) for a newbie to buy the book?

Besides, I could have gotten HF Java or even the SCJP 1.4 book (also by Bert & Kathy). Both books could help me in obtaining my SCJP.

All odds seem to be against any news books unless you've a compelling story to tell. And I'm sure many of us out here, newbies or not, would love to hear!

Welcome!


SCJP 1.4 * SCWCD 1.4 * SCBCD 1.3 * SCJA 1.0 * TOGAF 8
Mary Wallace
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As the title says "Java Demystified" there should be something. All the reviews are also good for this good.
Chengwei Lee
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Originally posted by Mary Wallace:
As the title says "Java Demystified" there should be something. All the reviews are also good for this good.


Yes, there should be something, but what? I guess you don't know what too, since you didn't elaborate

I've yet to see a review of any book in Amazon that is negative about the book too
Mary Wallace
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I didnt....because I dint read the book.

hth,
mw
Jim Keogh
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OK - thanks for asking for a sales pitch Let me step back as moment and tell you that the purpose of the demystified series of books is to supplement other books such as text books and other intro books. Over my decades (whoops showing my age) of writing books, I've developed an easy to read style that focuses on explaining technical topics in every day terms (I've also written five For Dummies books too). I use this style in Java Demystified, OOP Demystified and Data Structures Demystified. Besides the writing style, the book covers some topics not found in an intro book such as GUI and JDBC - two areas that are used in real world desktop Java applications - and all this for a sticker price of $20. Realistically, you'll probably buy several "intro" books. I do when I learn a new programming language. The publisher and I thought for the price point of this book that you'll see this as a good value.

Jim Keogh


Jim Keogh
Chengwei Lee
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Yep, I must agree with you that for the price we're paying, it seems to be a good deal for an introductory book to Java

Originally posted by Jim Keogh:
OK - thanks for asking for a sales pitch Let me step back as moment and tell you that the purpose of the demystified series of books is to supplement other books such as text books and other intro books. Over my decades (whoops showing my age) of writing books, I've developed an easy to read style that focuses on explaining technical topics in every day terms (I've also written five For Dummies books too). I use this style in Java Demystified, OOP Demystified and Data Structures Demystified. Besides the writing style, the book covers some topics not found in an intro book such as GUI and JDBC - two areas that are used in real world desktop Java applications - and all this for a sticker price of $20. Realistically, you'll probably buy several "intro" books. I do when I learn a new programming language. The publisher and I thought for the price point of this book that you'll see this as a good value.

Jim Keogh
 
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