Top critical review
If you ever programmed before, buy something else.
October 22, 2019
My background is that I'm a systems engineer for a major IT technology manufacturer. I know a few programing languages, I'm good at algorithmic thinking, I know nothing about java, and i don't code for a living.
The way information is presented in this book is infuriating. I read the preface about conversational tone and graphics, sounded plausible, so I bought it. The book is almost chaotic in the way things are presented. It feels like there is no flow to the text, and the examples and cutesy pics and graphics spattered throughout detract from my learning instead of helping me. It feels as if a distracted teenager who loves emoticons is texting me about how to program in Java. It's so unusable for me, in fact, that after getting to chapter 10, then rereading from the beginning up to chapter 4, that I'm throwing the book away and starting over with another book.