One of my co-workers is using that book for a course she is taking at a local University. It is laid out like a textbook, with sections numbered in decimal, secion headings, chapter summaries, chapter reviews, and self-test questions. I personally like that type of book. I will check with her and see how she is liking it.
Originally posted by greggg smith: I just bought the book after going through "Just Java 2". It appears to be well done. What I like about it is the code examples, the different approach to teaching Java, and especially the exercises at the end of each chapter. Yes, it is laid out like a text book, but it is good for self-teaching. I bought it at Barnes & Noble for $68. Well worth it!
I have this book and think it's one of the best books written. Especially the problems to do at the end of the chapter. You can even talk to author though the emails , i've done so and he has replyed to me within minutes.
I used the book for a course I was teaching. (A tips and techniques of Application Development course that I wanted the students to actually create a non-trival project). None of the students had an OO class and only had intro to programming VB and then C++ (really c as classes were not discussed). While the students were complaining all the time (during the course) at the end the book received a lot of positive feedback. What I liked about the book was that it was structured enough for the level of student I was teaching. Major problem with the book is that the book tries to cover the same things as the c++ book and java should be taught differently than c++ (IMO). If i were to teach an into to Java class, i would either use TIJ or Just Java.
I read Deitel & Deitel while I was learning Java at Uni and I didn't like it. I suppose I was trying to use it more as a reference than a textbook, which isn't how it's intended to be used, but even when I was learning whole topics from it I found it quite hard to read. I think this is mainly due to the style of writing. I don't have it to hand, but as I remember it has long paragraphs with unnecessary lists of classes, which you have to trawl through to find what you're looking for. Just my 2c.
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