Sunday, November 10, 2013

Introduction To Java Programming - Review

This book is intended for a one-semester, beginner’s level course on Java programming. It includes the new features included in JDK1.7. Each of  its 16 chapters provide review questions for the readers to self-test their learning. “Try It Out” programs that enable the readers to develop programs for real life problems have also been included. Introduction to Java Programming will help budding programmers solidify their foundation on Java and move on to higher level topics like Swing, JDBC, Servlets etc.

About the Author
Dr. K. Somasundaram is Professor and Head of  the Department of  Computer Science and Applications and the Head of  the Computer Centre at Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu. He has published over 125 research papers that have appeared in both national and international journals. He has attended several international conferences held in USA, Hungary, Italy, Singapore and Australia. He has published four books, out of  which Programming in Java2 and Advanced Programming in Java (both by Jaico) are bestselling titles. His research interests include image processing, image compression and Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) processing.

Why? Oh God, why?

Why does it always happen to me? Why why why?

Why do dreams break, why does my heart ache, why do my tears shake?

Ah, don’t go by the rhyme. It’s just that I am clearly frustrated by the events that have happened lately in my life. I forget to carry an umbrella when rain descends on an otherwise sunny weather. I bunk my office to meet my date, only to realize that she is a he (my bad luck, I told you), and now, when I finally thought life couldn't get more frustrating, I get to read ‘Introduction to Java Programming’ by K. Somasundaram.

Yes, frustration is the word I will put forward. Why didn't I get this book in my hands during my initial years of corporate life, when I was struggling with Java? Why wasn't this book in my neighborhood library when I was floating against the tides, struggling against classes and packages?

To be honest, there are lots of Java programming books in the market, but what sets this book apart is the treatment that’s meted out to this subject. With innumerable examples, and practice programs, this book is a class apart. To all beginners, this is a perfect platform that sets them on the right track, covering the basics, elucidating the tricky areas, and answering questions that are often baffling, and ignored in several other textbooks.

And no, this book can’t be categorized as a textbook. Textbooks always made me fall asleep, but this book woke me up, to the myriad possibilities that are in store for a programmer. With lots of years already in the software industry, I could very well gauge the impact this book can have on any willing mind, whose fingers are itching to develop the codes that run the world.

Yes, Java as a language has always been in demand, and it will continue to be so. This book ensures that you grasp the fundamentals, and gain a thorough knowledge in the subject. Java isn't definitely limited to the 300 odd pages that this book is made up of, but it definitely mentors us to walk ahead with this beautiful language as company.

The concepts are brilliantly elucidated with clear definitions and explanations, and the review questions allow the readers to self-test what they have learnt. If you face any doubt, you can always go back to the beginning of the chapter, re-read, and your doubts will be cleared. This is a book that makes programming all the more exciting, and interesting.

Thus, I regret not having this book when I was a newbie in the IT sector. Ha ha, no kidding. On a serious note, I would recommend this book to everyone who is about to enter the beautiful and mystical world of Java Programming. Try this, and hone your skills. Java is one of the best programming languages ever developed, and this book will definitely help you grasp it and have it in your control.

‘cause when you are out their coding, the world ceases to matter. What matters is what you conceptualize, and visualize, and how you implement the design. This book teaches you that, and much more, and is thus more than a perfect guide to Java programming.

 Title: Introduction To Java Programming
Author: K. Somasundaram
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Publication Year: 2013
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Computer Science
No. of Pages: 326
Price: Rs 325
My Rating: 4/5

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