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My first programming course will use Staugaard - anyone familiar with this book?

s scott
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Joined: Jan 30, 2005
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Hi all,

I searched and didnt get any hits for the name, so I am posting for the first time here.

I have toyed a bit with Ivor Horton's "Beginning Java 2" book, but am about to take my first programming course in a week and the testbook assigned is

Information Systems Programming With Java (2nd Edition), by Andrew Staugaard, Jr.

Is anyone familiar with this book or author? Will it be a good start into not only Java, but OOP in general?

Also, the software bundled with it is Sun's ONE Studio 4 CE. Is that a good IDE for newbies?

Thanks for any input. Glad to be on The Ranch.

Jason Menard
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Joined: Nov 09, 2000
Posts: 6450
Originally posted by s scott:
Also, the software bundled with it is Sun's ONE Studio 4 CE. Is that a good IDE for newbies?


I'm not familiar with the book, however I can probably get some here to agree with me when I say that there is really no such thing as a good IDE for people just starting to learn Java. I strongly recommend using a text editor, one that allows formatting and highlighting of code, and that's it. If you really want to learn to use the language, if you try to use an IDE you'll end u pspending too much tmie learning how to do things in that IDE and there's a good chance you will be lost when you have to operate without it.

Just my two cents. Good luck with the course and we look forward to seeing you aruond the Ranch.
Thomas Paul
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Something like Textpad is good to use. It helps with some of the basic things but it still makes you do most of the work which is what you want when you are just learning.


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s scott
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Joined: Jan 30, 2005
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Thanks to both of you. Good point about the IDE. I have played around with jedit a lot and like it quite a bit. I obviously don't understand a lot of its potential nor a lot of the plugins, but that is because it caters to a crowd that I haven't fully explored yet. I will likely use that or Notepad++, which is light and offers the code-specific highlighting.

Of course, since it is a class, I may be forced to use whatever the instructor wants us to use...
 
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