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This week, we're delighted to have Peggy Fisher helping to answer questions about the new book Get Programming with Java (MEAP only).


The promotion starts Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 and will end on Friday, January 25th, 2019

We'll be selecting four random posters in this forum to win a free copy of the book provided by the publisher, Manning.


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Please see the Book Promotion page to ensure your best chances at winning!

Posts in this welcome thread are not eligible for the drawing, and should be reserved for welcoming the author. Questions posted in this topic are subject to removal.
 
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Good to see you here

Do tell us about the book, but only in a different thread. I hope you get lots of interesting questions about it.
 
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Welcome, Peggy!
 
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Hi Peggy and team,
               Welcome,where can i post my questions.

 
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where can i post my questions


In this forum, but not in this topic (which is for welcoming the author).
 
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Hello Peggy, I hope you have a good promotion for your book!
 
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Welcome Peggy! At a quick glance, some very interesting topics in your book. All the best!  
 
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Rick Umali wrote:Hello Peggy . . .

And RU, good to see you back.
 
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Thanks everyone for this really great welcome!

I started my career as a COBOL programmer a long time ago :-).  I quickly realized that my true passion in life was teaching, so went back to school for a Master's in Math Education.  Shortly after graduating, I was teaching high school math and computer science. I never lost my love of programming, for me it is like a puzzle and I really enjoy puzzles.  I started by teaching C++, but eventually I was teaching the APCS course which uses Java.  Since that time, I switched to Penn State University, where I taught Java programming, along with some other IST related courses.  Again, I really loved teaching programming.

I quickly discovered that most of the students in my class were male, and this struck me as strange since I had such a strong passion for programming.  As I continued to teach, I found that many of the female students had a very definite preconceived notion that programming was not for everyone.  I strongly disagree, and while I was teaching, I found that many of my female students quickly learned to enjoy it as much as I did.  Several of my female students even changed majors to programming.

This book is an extension of my love for teaching programming.  I strive to constantly put myself in the eyes of the reader and provide insights that I have found useful when I was teaching in person.  This book teaches Java programming with an emphasis on classes and objects.  The goal of this book is to instill the joy of programming with diagrams and code examples that deviate from the norm.  I strived to provide examples that were new and refreshing so the reader can have some different examples from the existing ones in most textbooks and on the Internet.

I truly hope that everyone enjoys reading this book and especially that you take away a desire to learn more about Java programming.  As with all technologies, it changes practically daily, so make sure you become a life long learner and enjoy this as a starting point for your journey into Java.

Sincerely,
Peggy Fisher
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I really want this book. Love Java. Hardcore fan.
 
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Hope I win...just starting my Java journey...welcome Peggy
 
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Welcome Peggy!!! And Wow such a great news! Will defiantly get this book even if I wont win.
I`ve seen your videos on LinkedIn and they did really helped me a lot.
 
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Roman Le wrote:Will defiantly get this book even if I wont win.


So you're expecting some strident objection to you buying it on your own dime? Your wife must be just like mine, although my wife just gives me a hard time about buying yet another programming book.
 
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George Javaras wrote:Hope I win...just starting my Java journey...welcome Peggy


Welcome, George!

Don't forget to post a question and participate in the discussions. Any posts made in this thread won't qualify you for the drawing.
 
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Roman,
Thanks, I'm so glad you enjoyed the Lynda.com videos! I really enjoyed working on them.  I transitioned to a content manager so I'm not working on videos too much right now, but I hope to do at least one course a year.  Have a great day! Peg
 
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Junilu Lacar wrote:

Roman Le wrote:Will defiantly get this book even if I wont win.


So you're expecting some strident objection to you buying it on your own dime? Your wife must be just like mine, although my wife just gives me a hard time about buying yet another programming book.



Usually i just dont tell mine at all, and then when she sees them just pretended they are old ones....  

Peggy Fisher wrote:Roman,
Thanks, I'm so glad you enjoyed the Lynda.com videos! I really enjoyed working on them.  I transitioned to a content manager so I'm not working on videos too much right now, but I hope to do at least one course a year.  Have a great day! Peg



Those videos are really helped me a lot, easy to watch and explains everything to the beginner. I`m very existing I had a change to tell you that, you doing great work and now be even more exacting waiting for your new book!  
Have a nice day!
 
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Junilu Lacar wrote:. . . my wife just gives me a hard time about buying yet another programming book.

Don't let her find out; send the books to your work address, or only buy eBooks. My Missus complains about any new books, and if I want to annoy her, all I have to say is, we need more bookshelves.
 
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Re: More books on the book shelf

My husband gives me a hard time when the UPS/FedEx trucks come up the driveway.  I work from home, so getting things sent to work won't help.

To be honest, I'm not sure why, but when it comes to programming languages, I much prefer a textbook to an e-book. So, I think I'll have to go with adding more bookcases  
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Don't let her find out; send the books to your work address, or only buy eBooks.


My wife is smarter than that: she only needs to check the credit card statements. The only way I can be sneaky with her is to use Amazon gift cards to buy Kindle books.
 
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Junilu Lacar wrote:My wife is smarter than that: she only needs to check the credit card statements.


Your encapsulation seems to be broken. Make sure fields are private and remove getters altogether afterwards


I started stacking up my books on the floor next to my computer table at home, just to figure out that they serve as a great ladder for my 1.5 years old son to climb up on the table to make more mess (as if there weren't enough already).


Welcome Peggy!

Welcoming thread doesn't seem to be a less interesting than questions about the book [positive].
 
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Liutauras Vilda wrote:. . . You encapsulation seem to be broken. Make sure fields are private and remove getters altogether . . .

Hahahahahahahahahaha!

I started stacking up my books on the floor next to my computer table at home, just to figure out that they serve as a great ladder for my 1.5 years son . . .

Computing books also serve to scare ♀s away altogether. The only thing known to modern science to scare 1½‑year‑olds away is strangers.
 
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Thank you very much Peggy for joining us this week Please be sure to keep in touch with this forum.
 
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Thanks Campbell and thanks to everyone who joined me last week, I hope I was able to help answer some questions about Java.  

I definitely plan to stay active on this forum and I really appreciate the opportunity to introduce my upcoming book on programming with Java.  

Keep learning!
Peggy
 
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