Half of the book is not there!!! Half of the book is missing!!! Half of the book is provided "online" - you have to go to the Pearson website to download PDFs of half of the chapters - and even then, some of those chapters are "coming soon", and the most important chapter - the one I needed - is "coming soon" ! When? I needed to get this learning done this week. I am highly disappointed with these authors - they used to be respected subject matter experts. It was grossly overpriced to begin with and with half of it missing it is a total rip off. Never again for these authors.
This book on Java is definitely a must read. I had to get this book for my Object Oriented Class a few semesters ago and I am still into it. There are many things this book goes over. Please understand, this book goes over the general basics in each section.
The most intriguing part about the book was the Data Structures portion in the back. It is definitely one of the most important parts of programming when speaking of efficiency. I had no idea of Data Structures before this book. It was a good intro to certain topics on performance. I ended up getting another book specifically for Data Structures and the basics learned from Java How To Program helps you tremendously when stepping into more advanced books.
This book gives the reader a general over view of the hosted topics. You will definitely come away a better programmer who thinks more theoretical than hands on. (Which is definitely a good thing). The book emphasizes, like any computer science or software...
I have been using the various editions of this book to teach Java programming for a number of years. In terms of content the previous editions of this book have been very solid and I would them a 5 star rating. Although this 10th edition continues the tradition of solid content, I cannot rate it above 4 stars because eight chapters (that used to be part of the printed book in the previous edition) are now only accessible online. This is both inconvenient and expensive.
The online material requires an access code that is valid for only a year. This code comes as part of a new copy of the book. If you buy a used copy(for which the code has already been used), or if your code expires you will need to buy another one year code to access those eight chapters.
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