Our required textbook for CSE 143 this quarter will be the following (the same textbook is used in CSE 142):

Reges/Stepp. Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach. ISBN 0536240167 (or 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:

This required 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.

The book may also be available on course reserve at the UW Engineering Library. If the book is not available on reserve, please contact the instructor.

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.

Supplemental Chapters

Stuart and Marty have written additional chapters for the upcoming 2nd edition of the Building Java Programs textbook. The 2nd edition will have more chapters related to CSE 143 content. In the meantime, we are posting preliminary versions of the new chapters here for current CSE 143 students to read. For classroom and evaluation purposes only; please do not distribute.

Online Problems

We have written a web application called Practice-It that allows you to write solutions to lots of our Java practice problems. You can type in your solution and submit it to the server to be tested. You will receive feedback about whether your code succeeds or fails.