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About the Author

Dori Smith is author of "Java 2 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide," co-author of the best-selling JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, 4th Edition, and has written numerous print and online magazine articfles.

In addition to writing, she has also been programming for over 20 years, with degrees from UC Irvine and UC San Diego. Dori is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is Publisher and List-Mom for the Wise-Women's Web Community. Dori is also a member of the Web Standards Project Steering Committee. You can find out more about her at her personal site.

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About the Book

There are a lot of Java books on the market; quite possibly too many. Why write another?

While there may be a lot of Java books available, most are written for experienced programmers. After working on "JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Visual QuickStart Guide, 2nd Edition" I found that I was getting e-mail requesting that I write a Java book "just like the JavaScript book, please?".

After looking around for a book to recommend to novice programmers, I found that there wasn't anything available fitting quite that niche--so, I wrote one (the 1st edition). I was happy to see that book find its way to the same people who bought so many of the JavaScript book: students learning the subject in a classroom, and people who've done little to no programming before.

The 1st edition, though, was all about Java 1.0. Enough time has gone by, and operating systems and browsers revised, that it was time to do a full update for Java 2. That's what the current edition covers, along with more explanations to cover where readers told me they were needed.


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Last updated: Monday, April 8, 2002
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