<pre>Author/s : Luis A. Gonzalez, Charles R. Buhrmann Publisher : Best Power Souce, LLC Category :Beginning Java Review by : Andrew Monkhouse Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> This book covers all the basics of how to program in Java, then provides an introduction into many specialized parts of Java. This book is very light with only 250 pages. To cover such broad ground, the authors chose to leave out most code samples (available on the book's web site), opinions, experiences, or analogies. As a result, this book covers more topics than much larger books. And being much light, it is easy to carry with you. The book is divided into four parts. The first part details how to write a Java program - from the low level keywords, through what makes up a class & how to use threads, up to common classes in java.lang and java.util. The second part quickly covers GUI programming, describing the main classes of the AWT and Swing classes, and describing Applets and Graphics methods. The third part briefly describes the major classes of I/O, Networking, Databases, JSP and Servlets. Finally the book covers Mainframe issues and an introduction to Design. Covering as much ground in sections 2, 3 and 4 means that they are not covered in depth. These sections will only give you a feel for what is possible, and give you clues where to find out more information. All in all, a very good book - one that can be used to learn the basics of Java, and can be used as a refresher / reference guide to many of the capabilities of the Java language.
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