Deitel and Deitel's the complete java 2 training course: 1200+ page book and 2 cdroms netbeans, jbuilder 3, and 12,000+ lines of code explained by 14+ hours of audio! Dr. Deitel is an Ex-or current Mit Professor www.deitel.com
A programmers guide to java certification: by khalid mughal and rolf rasmussen.
This book is far superior to the Roberts and Heller book and Bill Brogdens book.
Well, all I can say is the Java 2 Exam Cram book was never intended to be a complete course in Java. It is a review for people who are comfortable with Java but want to make sure they know the basics well enough to pass the test. The book has gone to the 5th printing so I must have done something right. Bill
I did not mean to hurt your feelings bill, and No matter what even now i still would have purchased your book. ( I bought it a awhile ago) Your book is perfect to use because i like all of the questions in it.( it is a great reviewer.) Ok, so i will reword my post, the deitel complete java2 training course and mughal's and Rasmussen's book is great if you have say <1 experience with java. if you want a book that is the best for reviewing and if you have worked with java weekly for the past +1 year then bill brodgens book is perfect to fill in "holes" in your knowledge.
Somehow I have never liked books by Deitel & Deitel. I remember having read their C++ book some years back and it was so superficial. I decided at that time I would never buy any books by this author, no matter how many rave reviews it gets. Anyways I think Bill's Exam Cram is a pretty neat book. It helped me fill in a lot of gaps which the Simon & Roberts book left. It's a perfect companion to the the R & H book, and ofcourse the review questions & sample exam are much tougher than the R & H book.
Why did you think deitel's C++ book was superficial? Anyway, What i do like is deitels cbt with 14+ hours of audio for java 2. What I do is, I always look at books in the bookstore before i buy them! I have personally found that prentice hall , addison wesley and oreilly have the best books, coriolis and wrox also have some gems. Sams is the worst by far.
I think you have forgottrn something.... Why Dr. Deitel wrote his C++ and Java books.... To teach with.... He wrote the C++ book as a teaching tool. How may of you have purchase multi book on the same programming language? Think of there books as one stop shopping to learn the basics of programming as well as getting a solid foundation in a programming language. His books meets the needs of MIT's Computer Science 101 & 102 requirements. Do not knock it until you try it... Afraid you might learn something Monty
Neuralnet, Why so much noisy? I believe in that books you sad that are not so good as this book. Furthermore, beeing MIT Professor is not enough to write a good book. To become a bestseller and to be compared with Brogden�s book is not as easy as you want. IMO, this book got a very bad start.
Deitels books are crammed with Info, other books just lots of fluff. And also all of the code works. Can anyone say that about Sams books? ( Series unleashed and 21 days ). Addison wesley and Prentice hall in my opinion have the best computer books. Oreilly's books are also great but to me they are too terse.
I like the O'Reilly books _because_ they are so terse. : ) Fortunately people have such a wide range of learning styles that there is room for Dummies books AND the more academic books. To answer an earlier question - I don't think it is reasonable to write a study guide for the higher Java certifications since they all involve topics such as EJB well covered by general purpose books. Right now I have 3 books on the fire, JavaServerPages and Servlets, XML and eCommerce with Java, and JDBC (whew) Bill