Maximum LEGO NXT: Building Robots with Java Brains

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Featuring updated instructions for the improved leJOS NXJ software, this accessible manual is the perfect guide to LEGO Mindstorms NXT, an incredible new kit for building and programming your own robots. Using Java, the most popular and easy-to-use programming language available, this manual helps engineers and amateurs alike design and build their own customized robots, programmed however they desire. Complete with a diverse set of projects, building tips, progra… More >>

Maximum LEGO NXT: Building Robots with Java Brains

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5 Comments

  1. The book isn’t released yet, and two people have already given it 3 or less stars. This really isn’t fair to the author. Amazon has the ability to get updated release dates from the publisher. Don’t punish the author by rating the Amazon process – rate the book when it comes out.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. This NXT Java book was useless starting from page 3 on. SEVERAL issues with inaccurate LEJOS directions (installations and even programs). I have a good background in Java (BCIS) and that helps me a ton. Look at variant press and see the errata for this book!!! It is so small that PROVES the author is the only one to blame for this P.O.S. book. You would serve better to simply go to some online sites (.edu) and get the real directions for installing LeJos on your NXT and then look at the sample programs found in the LeJos API documentation (the API sux too but the sample programs are mostly bug free).

    And the building instructions are almost illegible due to poor print quality. I have used NXT’s for about 3 years and it took me quite a bit of time to figure out what parts this guy was using. At least one of his labs are proof of his inability (think it was later in the book) when he mentions something about the project he is proposing doesnt work but maybe you can get it to.

    Brian B. You need to be a weather man, you are about as reliable!

    Bottom line…dont waste your money, Id give you mine for free if it werent in the garbage.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. This book does not match its software it is supposedly based on. Buying the book was a HUGE MISTAKE!!!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. On a positive note, the overview chapters clean your brain out of any previously held misconceptions. But, more to the point, the chapter on how to configure leJOS in Eclipse is missing an instruction on how to configure the leJOS linker. And the publisher, Variant Press, has decided to print all the construction artwork for building the robots in black and white, obscuring the color cues and making it nearly impossible to follow the skimpy directions.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. This book is not for the novice computer user. The instructions on how to install lejos_nxj on either PC or Mac involve serious tweaking of the operating system. To be fair, the author has published errata with updated insturctions, but they are still very hard to use. There is help available on-line through users forums, but the guidance may or may not work ( if anyone takes pity and answers your question). So do not buy this book if you expect to be able to simply install the software and program robots. If you are comfortable with tweaking system files, and risking crashing your system, then proceed at your own risk. It is a shame that the publishers did not include an installation disc that would take care of the installation for less experienced users. The result, I fear, is that many people will be turned off from experimenting with java and the nxt brick. It’s doubly a shame since the book otherwise is well thought out and offers numerous interesting projects.
    Rating: 2 / 5

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