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.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #22155 in Books
- Published on: 2014-06-23
- Original language:
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 9.20" h x
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- Binding: Paperback
- 480 pages
From the Back Cover
- 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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent book for complete beginners
Excellent book for complete beginners, and also for those who have minimal experience with Java. Proceeds very gradually, and never do you have the feeling of suddenly being pushed off a cliff. Topics that have not appeared in a chapter or two are, when mentioned, provided with a reference to a previous explanation, so you can refresh your memory before proceeding, if necessary.
The book is written in a somewhat breezy style typical of the series, but in this case one can sense that the author has many years' classroom experience, and knows what works.
The code for the book's examples is available online, and the author is available to assist by email or even via chat if there are persistent problems. Dr. Burd has also written other books on Java, among them one that covers more advanced general programming topics, and another specifically geared towards Java for Android devices.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful.
Well Written and Very Informative
By Cory Hyland
I've recently finished 'Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies 4th Edition' from John Wiley & Sons, inc. The book was written by Dr. Barry Burd, PhD and has a very informative and intriguing feel. Dr. Burd did a wonderful job of providing information in a clear and engaging way that leaves the reader informed and hungry for more information.
It is an excellent book for those who are new to programming in general, object-oriented programming, or novices who want to learn the Java programming language. The 4th Edition walks you through Java concepts from the initial setup of Eclipse IDE to the basic concepts of Java GUI development all while keeping Java 8 in mind. The book focuses on console applications primarily as it is easier to convey the basic concepts without the GUI code. However, through Internet resources referenced in the book; readers have access to GUI examples of most of the example Console programs.
The bottom line is that 'Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies 4th Edition' provides a solid base for launching into the vast world of programming. Dr. Burd's writing style will keep readers engaged and learning throughout the book. He avoids the elitist and condescending vibe that I've found in some other programming language books; and, he is quick to point out that even top-tier professional programmers aren't infallible. Personally, I'm looking forward to reading his other books and absorbing all of the knowledge he has to offer.
68 of 69 people found the following review helpful.
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Easy 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 "Okay...you 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.