Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
By Barry A. Burd

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A practical introduction to programming with Java

Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 4th Edition is a comprehensive guide to learning one of the most popular programming languages worldwide. This book covers basic development concepts and techniques through a Java lens. You'll learn what goes into a program, how to put the pieces together, how to deal with challenges, and how to make it work. The new Fourth Edition has been updated to align with Java 8, and includes new options for the latest tools and techniques.

Java is the predominant language used to program Android and cloud apps, and its popularity is surging as app demand rises. Whether you're just tooling around, or embarking on a career, Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 4th Edition is a great place to start. Step-by-step instruction, easy-to-read language, and quick navigation make this book the perfect resource for new programmers. You'll begin with the basics before moving into code, with simple, yet detailed explanations every step of the way. Topics include:

  • Learn the language with sample programs and the Java toolkit
  • Familiarize yourself with decisions, conditions, statements, and information overload
  • Differentiate between loops and arrays, objects and classes, methods and variables

The book also contains links to additional resources, other programming languages, and guidance as to the most useful classes in the Java API. If you're new to programming languages, Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 4th Edition provides the instruction and practice you need to become a confident Java programmer.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #33458 in Books
  • Brand: Ingramcontent
  • Published on: 2014-06-23
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20" h x .90" w x 7.30" l, 8.84 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 480 pages


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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Use basic development concepts and techniques with Java
  • Debug Java programs and create useful code
  • Work with files on your computer’s hard drive
  • Work with the latest features of Java 8

Fully updated to reflect the new features of Java 8!

If you’re a new programmer, or want to be, this unintimidating guide gets you on your way toward Java mastery. It explores what goes into creating a program, how to put the pieces together, debugging, and making it all work. Even if you’ve never written a line of code, this book will have you ordering your computer around in no time.

  • Get started — dive into the overall programming experience, from finding out what programming is all about to getting your computer ready for writing and testing programs
  • Jump into Java — discover the basic building blocks in any Java program, and get up to speed on how to represent data and get new values from existing values
  • Go with the flow — find out how to look at your program as a mansion, and learn to make your computer navigate from one room to another
  • One byte at a time — learn the best ways to break complex programming problems into small pieces and create solutions to solve them
  • The write stuff — get access to all-important documents that no good Java programmer should be without

Open the book and find:

  • How to identify the words in a Java program
  • Plain-English explanations of Java statements and methods
  • The scoop on programming with windows, buttons, and other graphical items
  • Java troubleshooting tips
  • Ways to write several kinds of decision-making statements
  • How to diagnose loop problems
  • Tips, resources, and all kinds of interesting goodies

About the Author

Barry Burd, PhD, is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Drew University. He is the author of Android Application Development All-in-One For Dummies and Java Programming for Android Developers For Dummies.

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful.
5Easy to follow.
By M. Torres
I have never completed a programming book, let alone completed one as quickly as I did this one. I've tried to read other introductory programming books for both Java and C++ and gotten bogged down in the first 1/3 or even 1/4. With this one, I would sit down in front of my computer with eclipse open, tell myself " can do it, just one chapter..." and next thing I know I'd be done with 3 chapters. The author does an excellent job of clearly explaining the things he is introducing: What they are, how they work and good examples of what they can be used for.

I think some background info would be helpful to go along with my review.

I am currently 32 years old and learning to program is something that has always haunted/intimidated me. I graduated high school and was determined to become a programmer. I hit a stumbling block early on in the coursework and I "fell off the horse" so to speak. I didn't do a great job of seeking out resources at the community college I was at--people who could give me some encouragement and guidance...hell, they may not have even been there. Point is, I ended up studying IT instead, things turned out relatively fine. I've never been able to shake the feeling that I should try it again, maybe I didn't give myself enough credit back then. I am not saying that I think this book is going to turn me into a programming genius, but it has made me feel like maybe, just maybe I can reach back to my 19-year-old self and give it another go.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Practical and concise.
By jouse
Practical and concise. I finished reading the book in a month and it definitely helped me gain advantage in my CS class. Highly recommended to any beginner. The code package provides much practice for beginners in Java programming.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5First java book to not lose me
By Ryan Velau
I made it through and feel much more capable now. I would suggest this book as an easily digestible alternative resource for those people like me who have tried and failed to learn java before.

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