||Author: Dave Thau|
List Price: $29.95
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Publisher: No Starch Press (15 January, 2000)
Sales Rank: 14,001
Average Customer Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Very practical for beginners but somewhat dated
I just picked this one up because I was looking to juice up a website I've been working on. The first couple of hours I spent with it were golden. I learned a lot of what I was interested in knowing quite quickly. One thing that struck me, however, was how dated it was - the author likes to reference real world websites but every real world example that I looked up online had been completely redesigned since this book was published in 2000.
The book also spends a somewhat annoying amount of time discussing differences between browsers like Netscape 2.0 and IE 4.0... Netscape is currently at version 7.0, IE is at 6.0. Dealing with the different browsers and the way they render java was much more of an issue three years ago (although it definitely still is an issue b/c pesky microsoft likes monopolize everything did its best to turn java into something that could only be compatible with IE). Point being his discussion of this issue is dated.
Anyway, the book is well written and the author is not a tech head looking to show off how complex his field is. The book puts things forward practically (as the subtitle suggests it should) and the result is if you are a java novice and you want to add java functionality to your website, this book provides the answers in a way that is aimed more at the bottom line of getting that functionality into your website and less at providing you with a big picture understanding of java.
To summarize, this book, aside from being somewhat dated, is a very well organized guidebook for someone who wants a working understanding of the elements of java that suit their basic purposes. It is not for someone looking to become a real java maven.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Very easy to read and follow instructions.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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