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Just Java 2 book nitpick

Deb Wright
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Joined: Dec 06, 2005
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I�ve only done the first couple assignments, but I�ve noticed that the book references are outdated. The �how-to� sections of the assignments recommend reading certain pages in Just Java 1.2, but the book featured on the site is Just Java 2.

On the main Cattle Drive page, it asks the student to read certain chapters. Are those chapters still the ones you recommend for the latest version of the book? The first paragraph refers to a sample program on page 3 which isn�t in this book.

Do you have any updates for the latest version?
Pauline McNamara
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Joined: Jan 19, 2001
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Hey Deb, welcome to the Cattle Drive forum!

Oops, we'll have to call QA on that one, and they seem to always be on vacation, and then when we reach them they just give us their standard line: the computers were down.

But really, thanks for the heads up on that. Until it gets updated, are you able to find the corresponding topics in the newer edition based on what's covered in the how-to pages?

Welcome again and hope you'll be posting bunches more.

Pauline
Marilyn de Queiroz
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Actually the book Just Java 1.2 is the same book as Just Java 2 but I think the current edition is the 6th edition, and although I started with the 4th edition, the one I currently own is the 5th edition. The reason the name is different is because Sun couldn't make up their mind whether to call it version 1.2 or 2.0, and the book was published with 1.2 on the cover and a "2.0" sticker over it.

Anyway, as far as I know, the chapters are still valid although the page numbers are not. I'll send you a copy of the code I see on page 6 of the 5th edition, and maybe you can find something similar in your copy of the book.

Meanwhile, I'll try to get my hands on a copy of the latest version.
[ December 21, 2005: Message edited by: Marilyn de Queiroz ]

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Marilyn de Queiroz
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My goodness, I had no idea that the 6th edition was so different from the 5th edition. I'm really glad you brought it up.
Deb Wright
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Joined: Dec 06, 2005
Posts: 4
Thanks Marilyn for the chapter comparison from the fifth edition of the book to the sixth. That makes more sense now

Here's what I found for the first 8 assignments. Maybe it'll help someone else:

Based on what you've told me, it looks like the recommended reading to start out is chapters 1 & 3 in the 6th edition (versus 1 & 4 in the 5th edition). Then after the first couple of assignments, the chapters are 7 & 4 (versus 5 & 7).

For the "how-to" instructions within the assignments:
1. How to Concat Strings is on pages 61-62 of the 6th edition. Continue & Break are on pages 75-77.
2. I couldn't find anything on modulo in the book. I've found your web site instructions to be good for anything I've needed so far anyway.
4. Chapter 9 is devoted to arrays in the 6th edition. Methods are on pages 95-97.
7. Double and float are covered on pages 50-52.
8. Switch statements are on pages 71-73.
Pauline McNamara
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Great stuff, Deb, thanks a lot for posting that info. It will certainly be helpful to others down the road.


Pauline
 
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