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Java 2 Micro Edition

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Title : Java 2 Micro Edition
Author/s : James P. White, David A. Hemphill
Publisher : Manning Publications Co.
Category : Miscellaneous
Review by : Matthew Phillips
Rating : 5 horseshoes
This book delivers on the expectations set on the back cover. The way it delivers on this provides both the positive and negative aspects of the book.
The book is laid out in four parts. Part 1 is an overview of J2ME. Although a lot of good information comes from this chapter, I felt that a lot of information went beyond the scope of the book into territory that an experienced Java programmer would already know. Chapter 3 lays out the overall design of the application used in Parts 2 and 3, an investment quote application.
Part 2 implements the investment quote application using the MID Profile. Part 3 implements it with the KJava Profile. Both sections do a good job of explaining the code. I really like that they chose a real world scenario for the tutorial.
Part 4 goes into a more in depth analysis of networking issues, analysis, and design. Chapter 11 is definite must read if you are new to programming in general and very new to limited resource devices.
I have two major problems with this book. Issue one is the editing. It appears that the editor did not read through to find the spelling errors. A few errors could have been found by a spell checker. My other issue is the fact that the book is dull. On more than one occasion I fell asleep while reading it. I usually don't have that problem with tech books, so it was particularly noticeable.
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