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Object-Oriented Programming in Java by Stephen Gilbert and Bill McCarty

Waite Group Press, Aug., 1997.
Trade Paperback, 800 pages.
ISBN: 1571690867
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by Stephen Gilbert and Bill McCarty This authoritative guide to Java programming leads you through the language from the beginnings of what Java is to building complex Java programs and using them in your webpages. The book explains how to code in Java, how to test and debug your code and compile Java programs as well as how to incorporate the Java routines into your HTML code by using Java applets. The book looks at programming from an object perspective and teaches you how to incorporate tools of the language such as arrays, repeating and nesting loops, Java classes and the Abstract Window Toolkit to create effective programs that involve files, databases, graphics and sound. Each concept is explained in detail; the authors uses pictures and examples of code in the book and in the included CD-ROM to illustrate. The CD-ROM also displays results of the coding described in the books in HTML format which you can view with your browser.

This an excellent learning tool for those seeking to pick up this exciting language. Recommend for those with at least some prior programming experience in HTML, the book provides a complete guide to Java programming.

Web Authoring Desk Reference by Hayden Books

Hayden Books, Sept., 1997.
Trade Paperback, 883 pages.
ISBN: 1568303521
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by Hayden Books This is a unique reference book in that its main pages consist of highlights and how-to about web code that is listed alphabetically by the name of the HTML tag or web command. For example, if you are looking for information about the IMG, TABLE or MARQUEE commands you simply turn to that section of the book like you would in a dictionary or encyclopedia. The commands listed include HTML tags as well as commands for Javascript, VBscript and Style Sheets. The listings for each command include in-depth descriptions, how to apply the command in your web documents, helpful tables which clearly indicate browser compatibility (Netscape or Internet Exporer) and the commands' compatibility with PCs and Macs. Other useful areas of the book include explanations of different web programming languages, an enlightening section on Web Design for Web TV and a large listing of colors with Hexadecimal values.

The Web Authoring Desk Reference will benefit any level of programmer. While it will not serve as a beginning "first" book, it can serve as a resource to go along with a first book. This is the perfect book for quickly looking up an HTML tag or Javascript command.

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