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CSE 142: Computer Programming I, Autumn 2008

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Our required textbook for CSE 142 this quarter will be the following:

Reges/Stepp. Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach. ISBN 0536240167. (Older edition's ISBN: 0321382838)

Students can purchase the textbook from the UW Bookstore. The book is also available to be ordered online from online retailers such as the following:

No assignments or required readings will be given directly from the textbook, and you may choose not to purchase it if you wish. However, the book was written specifically for this course and makes a useful supplement to the lecture presentations. Also, exams in this course will be open-book, so it may be advantageous to own the book for use as a reference during exams.

If you see a book with our book's title but a different ISBN available for sale online (probably used), this is not the correct textbook. It is likely a copy of a previous "preliminary custom edition" version of the book that was used in past years. These older versions of the book do not contain all of the content from the correct course textbook. They are also somewhat bulky and cheaply made, not bound properly like a normal textbook would be. We do not suggest using them as your textbook for the course this fall.

Textbook Online Videos ("Portal")

Stuart and Marty have recorded a series of instructional videos to accompany the textbook. In each video, we spend 5-15 minutes walking through a particular concept or problem, talking about the challenges and methods necessary to solve it. These videos make a good resource for someone who wants a supplement to the instruction given in lecture.

You can purchase an access card from the UW Bookstore with an access code that will allow you to view the videos.

Online Problems ("MyCodeMate")

Addison Wesley maintains their own online practice problem resource called MyCodeMate that lets you log in and work on exercises from our book and others. Below is the link to the MyCodeMate page for Building Java Programs.