Self-promotion: My new book, Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours, Third Edition, is now available. Features of the book's Web site -- a homebrew PHP/MySQL application -- include an RSS feed for site updates and a place to download Yahoo's discontinued News Ticker Java applet. One of these days I'm going to rewrite it to work with any RSS 1.0 or RSS 2.0 feed.


I picked up a copy of Sams Java2/24 in the public library yesterday (11 Jan 2002)on a total whim. The book was on a shelf of "New Titles" and just caught my eye, "What the hell" I thought, "can't do me any harm?".
So I took it home, put some coffee on, and here I still am, chugging through it at a reasonable rate. I've been playing around with some of the source codes, adding comments so it looks like I'm actually learning something, not yet flipping to the end to see 'who-dunnit'.
I must say I like the style, and the simple explanations that seem so hard to come by in books with a larger girth than this one. You know the one's I mean, where it takes until half way through chapter two before the author explains that he only expects to be addressing people who have been programming in C all their lives.
So I'll crack on with chapter 5 now, the joys of Java variable types awaits.

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