I�ve only done the first couple assignments, but I�ve noticed that the book references are outdated.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.
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
Joined: Jul 22, 2000
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.
Joined: Dec 06, 2005
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.
Joined: Jan 19, 2001
Great stuff, Deb, thanks a lot for posting that info. It will certainly be helpful to others down the road.