Laura Lemay's Java TM 1.1 Interactive Course
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Laura Lemay's Java TM 1.1 Interactive Course; Laura Lemay, Charles
Perkins, Michael Morrison and Daniel Groner; Waite Group Press;
ISBN: 1-57169-083-2; Paperback,1194 pages, US$49.95 Can$70.95
Reviewer: Stephen Ens, "The online education of the future has arrived.
The "eZone" is an excellent example of what distance education can provide."
Lemay Simplifies Programming With Java
The book begins with an Internet address, http://www.waite.com/ezone,
and then describes what the reader will find when connected to the site.
This is the "interactive" component of the book.
The "eZone" is an excellent example of what distance education can
provide; a broad range of subject matter, course certification, and contact
with other students who share similar interests.
Online education has arrived. Armed with the course text, the
participant may move through the material at a comfortable pace
and review difficult sections as needed, before connecting to the
eZone web site to take the lesson quizzes.
When registering for the online component, included in the purchase
of the book, the participant is given the opportunity to select the level
of performance to achieve, before receiving a passing grade.
Four authors have contributed from their particular strengths, and
in a style that has an easy to follow pace that is conversational
without getting off-topic.
Laura Lemay's Java TM 1.1 Interactive Course is composed of five
sections: The Java Language, Applets and Class Libraries, Advanced
topics, Java 1.1 and the Future, and finally, the Appendices, which
consume 421 pages of the book's 1200.
The first chapters of the book bring the reader up to speed on what
Java is, and how to compile with the Java Development Kit (JDK)
from Sun Microsystems in a Windows, Macintosh or Solaris
environment. The reader is then smoothly transitioned into writing
small sections of code to compile and execute.
The lessons are sprinkled with "notes" to clarify important points
and "tips" to help code more efficiently. At the end of each lesson
there is a quiz to reinforce the topic that has just been covered.
Each time that a new section of code is written there is an "analysis"
to break down exactly what is being accomplished with each line of
I am very impressed with this book, and with the reference material
contained in the Appendices that cover the entire Java language.
The information is presented in a very clear and concise manner
and the authors have taken care to insure a solid understanding
of the material.
The appendices alone make this book worth the purchase price;
the knowledge gained from working through the lessons is invaluable
and the University credits earned are a special bonus.
This book that is recommended to those who are serious about
learning to program with the Java language.
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