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Thoughts On Big Java by Cay S. Horstmann

Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:24 PM

This is the textbook for the next class I will be taking in programming. Does anyone have any experience with this book? Would you recommend this book to other people? Should I consider getting another book to supplement my learning?
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Re: Thoughts On Big Java by Cay S. Horstmann

Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:31 PM

Moved to Java Programmers.

Until you get to the upper-level coursework in CS, the textbooks don't mean much. It's the programming experience that matters. I'm assuming you're taking intro to Java or something equivalent. So anything that you don't understand, there are plenty of DIC tutorials that I'm sure will cover the concepts or supplement any gaps. So while I don't have experience with this book, I wouldn't go spend another $50 on another book when there are plenty of other free, quality resources.
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Re: Thoughts On Big Java by Cay S. Horstmann

Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:53 PM

I like Cay Horstmann. He's a good writer and co-authored the Core Java series.
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Re: Thoughts On Big Java by Cay S. Horstmann

Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:55 PM

He also wrote Gridworld. :P

I do like Core Java, though.
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Re: Thoughts On Big Java by Cay S. Horstmann

Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:58 PM

View Postmacosxnerd101, on 13 September 2010 - 06:55 PM, said:

He also wrote Gridworld. :P

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REALLY?! NOOOO! My hero...struck down in an instant.
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Re: Thoughts On Big Java by Cay S. Horstmann

Posted 13 September 2010 - 05:06 PM

Unfortunately the book is required for the class. Fortunately, I just downloaded the e-book for free! Yay me! And the book is closer to $100 ;) University books aren't cheap. I still have 3 more to buy that I can't afford.
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Re: Thoughts On Big Java by Cay S. Horstmann

Posted 27 September 2010 - 05:46 AM

I have a copy of this book. Its alright, i read parts of it however i ended up buying another java one. I can't remember the name, i suspect you will be required to complete exercises out of the book, its always handy to have a book to refer back to
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