It doesn't have the gimmicky feel of a 'Head First' or a 'Dummies' which I prefer. It has a lot of examples building small programs to demonstrate code constructs and I can use it as a reference book.
Each year McGraw Hill offer our members free books in return for an honest review of the content.
One of the books available to our members for review this year was Java: A Beginner's Guide, Sixth Edition by Herbert Schildt.
Read our members' reviews of this book below to decide whether or not it will be worth your investment in this title.
Daron Wild of University of Cambridge gave the book 4 out of 5 stars
I was looking for a hard-copy book that would reacquaint myself with Java. I am not a true beginner as I had used it over 6 years ago, but I still put myself in the beginners category.
So, is this book any good. It doesn't have the gimmicky feel of a 'Head First' or a 'Dummies' which I prefer. It has a lot of examples building small programs to demonstrate code constructs, and I can use it as a reference book.
As an Oracle publication it could have done with showing the examples within their IDE JDeveloper. I can't remember the last time I used a plain text editor to type code into, then used a separate utility to compile it. It loses a point for that.
To see other reviews of this Oracle title on Amazon, please go here
If you are a UKOUG member and would like to review Oracle books on behalf of other UKOUG members then keep your eye on this page of our website for future available book review opportunities. We'd like to thank McGraw Hill for giving our members the opportunity to do this and a huge thanks also goes to Jonathan and Tariq for taking the time to review the content of this book. We hope you'll find their insights helpful.