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Books Useful for Students of Java or UML
There is no recommended textbook for the course.
The good news is that there are many good tutorials and websites freely
available. But you may find it useful to have a good comprehensive Java book.
There are dozens of Java books on the market of varying quality and depth of
coverage. I have attempted to give some guidance by listing some of the more
popular ones below.
Many are in the Boole library in the Computing section (Q+1) but not always
the current edition!
Be aware that there have been different versions of Java. We are using Java 5
(also called Java 1.5) so the book needs to cover this. The new release Java 6
is also fine with no differences from our point of view. Java 5 was released in
2004 and Java 6 recently.
Older books will only cover Java 2 (or J2SE 1.2, 1.3 or 1.4) which has various
differences. Some of these books can be useful if you already have them but
don't buy one and be aware of the changes. JDK 1.1 (circa 1997) is very out of
All of the books below cover Java 5 (except for where stated otherwise).
Introductory level
The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (4th Edition) by Sharon
Zakhour, Scott Hommel, Jacob Royal, Isaac Rabinovitch, Tom Risser, Mark
Hoeber; Prentice Hall, 2006 (free on-line )
o Comments: Handy tutorial freely available
Objects First With Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ (3rd Edition) by
David J. Barnes, Michael Kolling; Prentice Hall, 2006.
o Comments: "Objects-first" approach using the interactive BlueJ
environment - good introductory book
Head First Java, 2nd Edition by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates; O'Reilly Media,
Inc., 2005.
o Comments: Informal approach typical of the "Head first" series from
Java Software Solutions: Foundations of Program Design (5th Edition) by
John Lewis and William Loftus; Addison Wesley, 2006.
o Comments: Well written introductory book with easy to follow
Java Concepts by Cay Horstman; Wiley, 2007
o Comments: Slimmed down version of Big Java
The Art and Science of Java by Eric Roberts; Addison-Wesley, 2007.
o Comments: following the recommendations of the Association of
Computing Machinery’s Java Task Force
Java for Students (5th Edition) by Douglas Bell and Mike Parr; Prentice Hall
o Comments: Okay but light
Java 5: Objects First by Barry I. Soroka; Jones and Bartlett 2006
Java: A Beginner's Guide, 4th Ed. by Herbert Schildt; Osborne, 2006
Comprehensive textbooks
Big Java by Cay S. Horstmann; Wiley, 2007
o Comment: A very good comprehensive Java textbook
Java How to Program (6th Edition) by Harvey & Paul Deitel & Associates;
Prentice Hall, 2004
Introduction to Java Programming - Comprehensive Version (6th Edition) by
Y Daniel Liang; Prentice Hall, 2006
o Comments: "Fundamentals-first" Java textbook - comprehensive
Java Programming Language, The, 4th Edition by Ken Arnold, James
Gosling, David Holmes; Prentice Hall 2005
Thinking in Java (4th Edition) by Bruce Eckel; Prentice Hall, 2006 (free 3rd
ed. )
Java: An Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming (4th Edition) by
Walter Savitch; Prentice Hall, 2004
Learning Java (3rd Edition) by Patrick Niemeyer and Jonathan Knudsen;
O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2005
An Introduction to Programming and Object-Oriented Design Using Java (2nd
Edition) by Jaime Niño and Frederick A. Hosch; Wiley 2005
Java References
Java in a Nutshell, 5th Edition by David Flanagan; O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2005
o Comments: More a reference than a text
Java Precisely, 2nd ed., Sestoft, MIT Press, 2005
o Comments: Succinct summary of main features
Additional Books of Possible Interest
Just Java 2, 6th Edition by Peter van der Linden; Prentice Hall 2004
o Comments: Introduction to Java technology for non-programmer. Not
a Java textbook
JFC Swing Tutorial, The: A Guide to Constructing GUIs, 2nd Edition by
Kathy Walrath, Mary Campione, Alison Huml, Sharon Zakhour; Prentice Hall
Java Swing by Marc Loy et al.; O'Reilly, 2003
Object Oriented Software Development Using Java (2nd Edition) by Xiaoping
Jia; Addison Wesley, 2002
o Comments: Advanced Java programming - Java 2 version
Core Java (TM), Volume I - Fundamentals (8th Edition) by Cay S. Horstmann
and Gary Cornell; Prentice Hall, 2004
Effective Java Programming Language Guide by Joshua Bloch; Prentice Hall
Java 2 books
You may come across these books in the library.
Object-oriented program development using Java: a class-centered approach,
Bronson, Thomson, 2004
Object-Oriented Programming with Java: An Introduction by David J. Barnes;
Prentice-Hall 2000
Java First Contact by Roger Garside and John Mariani; Thomson, 2002
Java the UML Way: Integrating Object-Oriented Design and Programming;
Else Lervik and Vegard B. Havdal; Wiley 2002
Java Gently: Programming Principles Explained by Judy Bishop; Addison
Wesley 2001
Object-Oriented Programming in Java by Martin Kalin; Wiley 2001
Books on Software Development
Most of the books below are too detailed for this course but parts may be useful.
Software Engineering, 8th edition, Ian Sommerville, Addison-Wesley, 2006
o Comments: Well known text on soft. eng. - sample chapters, slides, etc.
are here ->
Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach, 6th edition, Roger
Pressman, McGraw-Hill, 2004
o Comments: Rival book to Sommerville
Object-Oriented and Classical Software Engineering, Stephen R. Schach,
McGraw-Hill, 2004
o Comments: Balance of structured and OO methods
Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Steve C.
McConnell, Microsoft press, 1993
o Comments: Mostly covers programming and implementation issues
Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules, Steve C. McConnell,
Microsoft Press, 1996
Test Driven Development, Kent Beck, Addison-Wesley 2002
UML books
Again these are all too detailed for CS2200 but may serve as a helpful reference.
Object Oriented Analysis and Design with the Unified Modelling Language,
Ali Baramhi, 1999
Object-oriented systems analysis and design using UML, Bennett, McRobb,
and Farmer, McGraw-Hill, 2002
Schaum's outline of UML, Bennett, Skelton and Lunn; McGraw-Hill 2001
An introduction to Object-oriented analysis: Objects and UML in Plain
English, David William Brown, Wiley, 2002
Requirements Analysis and System Design: Developing Information Systems
with UML, Maciaszek, Addison Wesley, 2001
Systems analysis and design: an object-oriented approach with UML, Dennis,
Wixon and Tegarden, Wiley, 2002
UML distilled: a brief guide to the standard object modeling language, Fowler,
Addison-Wesley, 2000
The Unified Moleling Language User Guide, Booch, Rumbaugh and
Jacobson, Addison Wesley, 1999
Object-oriented analysis and design: understanding system development with
UML 2.0, O'Docherty, Wiley, 2005.
Object-oriented systems analysis and design using UML, Simon Bennet, Steve
McRobb, Ray Farmer, McGraw-Hill, 2002
More Advanced Material
The Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual, Rumbaugh, Jacobson and
Booch, 1999
Applying UML and patterns, Larman, Prentice Hall, 2002
UML 2.0 in a nutshell by Dan Pilone with Neil Pitman; O'Reilly Media, 2005
Java Design: Objects, UML, and Process by Kirk Knoernschild, Addison
Wesley 2001 on-line in UCC here
Learning UML by Sinan Si Alhir; O'Reilly, 2003 on-line within UCC here
Requirements analysis and system design: developing information systems
with UML by Maciaszek, Leszek; Addison-Wesley, 2001
Design patterns: elements of reusable object-oriented software by Erich
Gamma ... [et al.]. ;Addison-Wesley, 1995

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