Java for Engineers and Scientists (2nd Edition)

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9780130335203: Java for Engineers and Scientists (2nd Edition)

Presenting Java details on a need to know basis, this concise introduction to Java develops and executes practical examples useful for solving problems in an engineering environment. KEY TOPICS Focused on the proper way to write reliable Java programs, it outlines excellent software development practices; uses a top-down design technique to break the program up into logical portions; and demonstrates object re-usability by building later examples on the classes and methods created in earlier examples. The book also includes a number of supporting classes to make it easier for engineers to format numbers in Java, to display data in linear or logarithmic plots, to work with complex numbers, to manipulate arrays, and to perform such common engineering calculations as FFTs, convolutions, correlations, etc. Engineering and Science professionals.

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Aimed at the engineering student or scientifically inclined reader, Stephen Chapman's Java for Engineers and Scientists provides a remarkably useful and thorough introduction to Java for anyone who isn't afraid of math.

One of the best things about this textbook-style guide is probably its many example problems and exercises drawn from engineering, mathematics, physics, and statistics. The author uses simple examples (and algorithms) to illustrate basic Java programming techniques, all told in a patient, thorough, and extremely comprehensible teaching style. To simplify things, the author includes his own custom classes at certain points for getting you over some missing or hard-to-code features of Java. (These classes include simple I/O classes, graphics classes for plotting data, and a complex number class.) The book certainly does not try to cover every Java feature, but it does cover the Java core API very well, along with Swing GUI basics.

This book excels at mathematical processing in Java, with clear explanations of numeric data types, arrays, and complex numbers. It also is very careful to suggest good programming practice from basic design techniques and hints for creating maintainable code (such as correct naming and documentation).

There is certainly no shortage of introductory texts for Java. Java for Engineers and Scientists distinguishes itself with not only a lucid style of presentation that perhaps belies its title, but also with its thorough range of examples, most of which will be accessible to anyone with a grasp of high school math or physics. For engineering students or for self-study for those with just a little math knowledge, this title turns out to be one of the best available guides to learning Java. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Java fundamentals, naming, variables and data types, assignment and mathematical methods, top-down program design, flow control, arrays, graphics and plotting, object-oriented programming basics, inheritance and polymorphism, exceptions, complex numbers, strings, graphics, Swing basics, and file I/O.

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Stephen J. Chapman is an author with a mission. He believes new engineers must be able to write large programs that can be easily understood and modified by people other than their original programmers. In this second edition to his well-received text, Chapman uses a coherent and effective approach to enable students to meet that challenge. Systematically and comprehensibly, the book provides for the simultaneous teaching of the Java language and a programming style that results in good, maintainable programs. The text emphasizes the importance of going through a detailed design process before any code is written, using a top-down design technique to present the program in logical portions—classes and methods—that can be implemented together or separately.

Features of the Second Edition:
  • Material from the First Edition has been rearranged into more "bite-sized" portions. Branching and repetition have been made into separate chapters.
  • Most convenience classes have been eliminated-this edition teaches Java using almost exclusively the standard classes found in Java SDK 1.4.
  • Simple GUI inputs and output using the JObjectPane class are introduced early in the book.
  • Material on multidimensional arrays has been separated out and placed in its own chapter later in the book.
  • Problem solving is emphasized from the onset, with practical examples designed to provide the beginning student with a strong base in Java programming.
  • Top-down methodology is introduced in Chapter 3 and then used consistently throughout the rest of the text.
  • Student programming skills are enhanced through interactive learning provided by the book's Web site.

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