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Just Java 2 book

 
Greg Harris
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i finally broke down and bought the just java 2 book... i clicked-thru from here, so java ranch got a kick-back... hooooodoggy!
anyway, even though i have 4 other java books, i am glad i bought this one because the software on the cdrom is worth the price by itself! it came in the mail yesterday so i have not been able to give it a good look yet, but there are tons of examples on the cd and links to many more.
i especially like the digital circuit simulator applet! i am taking digital/analog circuits in the fall, so this will be a HUGE help in my studies... besides, i am sure it would be fun to play with even if you do not understand what is going on.
of course, it includes the jad software and a couple other decompilers ( as well as decompiler voiding software for your programs ). i don't know what to think about the whole decompiling thing, though. it is a great tool for leaning how to create simple applets, but then again i do not want someone else stealing my code. i guess it is up to those of us that have it to be ethical with it.
i just wanted to give a shameless plug to a great book ( even though i have yet to read it ).
 
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Yeah i read that book and found it to be very good. I liked the fact that the author kept it as "light reading" while at the same time conveying lots of important information. More books should be written like that.
 
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My personal favorite general java book
 
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I bought it a while back. I started with Bruce Eckel's "Thinking In Java" and it was way over my head. If you have a c++ or at least a good grasp of OO it's a good book. Not for a newbie, though. I found "Just Java 2" much easier to understand and many concepts that I stuggled with became clear.
 
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well, i thought i had a pretty good grasp of c++, but i am realizing more and more every day that i was just hacking-out code... my professor tells me that i am talented, though.
i wrote a poker game last year that ended up being 1,400+ lines of code, 4 classes, 55 or more functions ( methods ) and about 30 variables. i really got into breaking everything into it's own function to the point that i probably over did it. i am working on rewriting it in java and i think i will be able to do it in about 2/3 of the code!
the point is: even though i can hack 1400 lines of c++ code in my sleep doesn't mean that i am a good programmer. i understand the concepts behind a good program, but i need something like the cattle drive and a good book to point me in the right direction.
 
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Is one of the few books that I recommend to C programmers that want to learn Java.
And a couple of JavaRanch guys are credited in the book's errata at http://www.afu.com/jj4.txt :
"Acknowledgments to:
Antranig Basman, Matt Midcap, Ray FD., Drew Lethbridge, Steve Matheson
Frank Macartney, Mike Slaney, Sam Pierson, Tom Brosnan, Clifford Ker
John Milton, Tony Alicea..."
 
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I am looking for a java beans book, any suggestions ? I was about to buy OReilly's javabeans book ( printed 1997 ) but wanted to come here and get some idea.
I am not looking for a ejb book.
I am going to check just java on tuesday
ersin
 
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Incidentally, PvdL also maintains the definitive Java Programmer's FAQ, a very nice, comprehensive, free resource. It is possible that a close reading of the credits to this document might reveal another JavaRanch member's involvement.
 
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Jim: It's you right? What's the URL? I did a quick search...
I did learned a lot via PvdL and that FAQ and the newsgroup.
Ersin: You want regular JavaBeans or ENTERPRISE ones?
 
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regular
thanks for the answer.
 
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Ummm... I gave the URL as a link from the words "Java Programmer's FAQ" in my previous post: http://www.afu.com/intro.html. Alternately just go to www.afu.com and see the link to "FAQ". See the big list of names in the FAQ right after the table of contents. Oddly, there is also an "Acknowledgements" link which is completely unrelated - ignore this.
 
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I ordered Just Java 2 a couple of days ago from Amazon.
 
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It's awesome to see that other people are flustered(?) by Thinking in Java. I studied java for 6 months last year, and got real acquainted with Eckel's book. Something came up, and I had to quit for a while. I'm just now getting serious again, and finding that I don't grasp Thinking in Java as well as I did last year.
That's where this suggestion of Just Java 2 comes in.
I bought it tonight. Thanks!
 
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