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LinuxProgramming.com: Book Review: Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days, Second Edition

Jan 24, 2001, 15:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

The Bottom Line "An excellent introduction to the Java language that doesn't assume the reader is an experienced C/C++ programmer."

The Review

[Editor's note: OK, let's get the obvious question out of the way, instead of letting it fester: Why am I reviewing a Java book on a Linux site, and not just any Java book, but one that barely mentions Linux? Isn't Java the prime example of An Evil Thing from an Evil Company That Doesn't Get It? (No, not Microsoft, which has just given in to Sun on the Java law suit, but the other Evil Company so many Linuxites love to hate, Sun.) The answer is simple: Java is here to stay, it's important for a growing number of coders (particularly those concerned with cross-OS portability), and this book is a more than decent way to learn the language. We now return you to your regularly scheduled book review, already in progress.]

Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days, Second Edition (hereafter, mercifully known as, TYJ) is aimed at pretty much the audience you'd expect from the title: People with at least minimal familiarity with programming who need or want to get up to speed with Java on their own, without a lot of pain. Further, anyone familiar with Laura Lemay's earlier Java work won't find any surprises here--TYJ has the same comfortable and casual tone we've come to expect from her work and collaborations, along with a thorough treatment of the language.

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