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In the past year, a small minority of teachers found themselves unsatisfied by "just" pushing the teaching envelope in their respective classrooms (that is, by ditching Pascal and the legacy of its generation's procedural programming style, and adopting Java and its modern object-oriented programming style). These pioneering few went a step further by writing teaching texts for complete beginners, betting the whole shop on Java.
This month's book review takes a look at seven books that share the goal of teaching complete non-programmers how to program, and to do so with Java. (Notice that these books are quite distinct from those books designed to teach Java to programmers who've never used Java before. These books are for students who've never programmed with any computer language before.)
The titles reviewed are:
Below is a comparison table to provide you with a bird's-eye view of each title's main characteristics.
|Java For Students||Java Gently||Java -- An Object First Approach||Introduction to Programming Using Java -- An Object- Oriented Approach||Object-
Oriented Programming in Java
|Java How To Program||Computing Concepts with Java Essentials|
|Pages, Chapters (Appendices)||586, 29 (8)||508, 15 (2)||394, 17 (3)||783, 14 (4)||953, 16 (2)||1063, 18 (6)||624, 14 (3)|
|Index||Poor||Poor||V. Poor||Yes||Yes||V. Good||Yes|
|CD-ROM||No||No||No||No||Yes||No *||Yes **|
|Listings density (lines/page)||48||56||53||48||58||50||50|
|Applets(A) or applications(B)?||A||B||B||A||A&B||A&B||A&B|
|Suitable for hobbyist?||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
In the absence of tools to calculate the true cost-per-bit equivalent of a book, the "Listings density" row gives you an idea of how dense or "aerated" the program listings are. Low lines and/or page values usually mean unreadable listings and a high page-fill factor, so the higher this value, the better.