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    BKCRJAV1.RVW 980621 Core Java, Volume 1 - Fundamentals , Gary Cornell/Cay S. Horstmann, 1997, 0-13-766957-7, U$39.95/C$55.95 %A Gary Cornell
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      "Core Java, Volume 1 - Fundamentals", Gary Cornell/Cay S. Horstmann,
      1997, 0-13-766957-7, U$39.95/C$55.95
      %A Gary Cornell 75720.1524@...
      %A Cay S. Horstmann
      %C One Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
      %D 1997
      %G 0-13-766957-7
      %I Prentice Hall
      %O U$39.95/C$55.95 +1-201-236-7139 fax: +1-201-236-7131
      %P 630 p. + CD-ROM
      %S Java Series
      %T "Core Java, Volume 1 - Fundamentals"

      Calling a six hundred page book an introduction sounds a bit like a
      joke about German essays. (Calling a two volume, thirteen hundred
      page book an introduction is even worse.) Still, that is what Cornell
      and Horstmann have produced, and a very good introduction it is.
      Particularly if you have Windows 9x/NT, or Solaris, this package gives
      you everything that you need to start working with Java--and working
      properly.

      The book is an introduction: it is not designed in a reference format.
      Those who go on to serious Java programming will likely want to look
      at a guide such as Flanagan's "Java in a Nutshell" (cf. BKJAVANS.RVW),
      but "Core Java" is definitely the place to start learning the
      language. Unlike all too many other Java texts, this one does not
      automatically assume that you know C, C++, and object-oriented
      programming. That fact alone makes it a first class choice for those
      budding Webmasters who want to get in on the Java game. The
      background and concepts behind the language are explained, as well as
      the necessary commands and syntax to get started. Object-orientation
      is presented and explained very clearly.

      Experienced programmers are not left out. Icons indicate special tips
      for those who have worked with C++ and Visual Basic. The text can
      therefore be rapidly skimmed when a programmer is practiced in coding
      already.

      The earlier two editions of "Core Java" have been in a single volume.
      This edition splits the material into two. This volume, the
      fundamentals, is still the basic introduction. It covers a
      description of Java, the Java programming environment, basic
      programming structures, objects and classes, inheritance, interfaces,
      graphics, event handling, user interface components, applets, data
      structures, and exceptions and debugging. These are, indeed, the
      fundamentals, and enough to get started with the language.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996-98 BKCRJAV1.RVW 980621

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