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This book is simply awesome! After trying to read several other Java books, and a couple of online tutorials, I was just confused. Until I came across this book. WOW! I actually know Java now! That's saying something people! If you need to know Java, and you have no programming experience... get THIS book. It's all you'll need. P.S. I might mention, Savitch also quickly responded to a couple of emails I sent him (his addy's in the book) and answered my questions that same day. Now that's service!
This is truly an excellent book on Java and OOP, even if you are new to computer programming. Each topic is explained very thoroughly and the programming examples are easy to understand. The book is very well organized. Most books on Java that I've encountered are so obtuse that, even if you're familiar with programming, you'll drown in the example programs alone. It's nice to know that there's someone out there that not only understands Java and OOP but also can explain it clearly. Savitch is the man!
I'm somewhat disappointed after reading the glowing customer reviews. The author repeats the trivial and fails to explain some of the basics. There is no single summary of command syntax, and the index is insufficient. Overall one can learn Java with this book, but probably do better with another.