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Aug 13, 2000, 15:52 (1 Talkback[s])
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"A Programmer's Guide the Java Certification strives to teach its readers, whether beginners or experienced programmers, the fundamentals and the intricate details involved in programming Java. It prepares readers for Sun's Java Programmers Certification Exam, though it is also useful for readers who are not interested in certification."

"The book covers a wide variety of topics. It begins with simple topics such as the basics of Java programming and the language fundamentals. It thoroughly covers object oriented programming, including inheritance, interfaces, and aggregation. The final major topic is Java's GUI features, including applets, event handling, and Swing. Other topics include the Javadoc facility, file streams, layout managers for GUIs, threads, inner classes, and information on the certification exam."

"I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book, unlike many other books that I've reviewed, contained exactly what was promised. The preview states "the book is primarily intended for professionals who want to prepare for the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform exam, but it is readily accessible to any programmer who wants to master the language." The book does an excellent job fulfilling this statement. Experienced programmers, even those not familiar with Java, will find the book appropriately paced. Beginners, will have a bit of trouble keeping up, but the author provides enough information to rescue lost beginners. The preface continues, "For both purposes, [the book] provides an in-depth coverage of essential features of the language and its core APIs." This is also fulfilled in the 700 remaining pages in the book."

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