COMP163 Textbook

The textbook for COMP163 Introduction to Computer Programming during the fall 2017 semester is

“Java Illuminated: An Active Learning Approach”, 4th edition by Anderson and Franceschi, ISBN 9781284128765 or 9781284045314

List price: $177.95

The book is available at the A&T Bookstore for purchase new $100.00 or used for $75.00  You can purchase the book on campus or online.  The book is also available at several online book sellers.

The best price found for the book is about $52.98 new and $37.90 used.  If you buy the book online after the start of the semester, you should pay extra to get the book shipped quickly.

COMP163 will be using the CodeLab online Java tutorial system.  An access code for the tutoring system can be found on the inside of the front cover of the textbook.  The access code for a used book may have previously been used and may no longer provide you with access to CodeLab.  You can purchase access to CodeLab independent of the textbook from for $35.

You will also need to purchase a response clicker for COMP163 or purchase the iClicker app at

Textbooks are expensive, but in the bigger picture of your education, they are a useful investment.  Not having a textbook may result in your not grasping the concepts as well and therefore not getting as good a grade as you might.  If you shop wisely, textbooks need not be a major expense.  If you buy a $50 used book now, you might be able to sell it at the end of the semester resulting in a trivial overall expense.  (If you can sell the $50 book at a profit, it is better than not buying a book at all.)