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: #22791 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • 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


  • For Dummies

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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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent book for complete beginners
By pseudonym
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.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5like many finance people
By Brian
First, I'm a beginner.

Actually, I am a former CEO of a software/finance firm - but I was CEO for the finance stuff.

While I had some exposure to our code development, I was focused on the finance side of our business model (night and day) and had little time for the coding fundamentals of our business, which were very Java focused.

Truly, at the time, I thought code and the folks doing it were "fungible" in a financial sense. I wish I'd had more time to spend understanding the fundamentals of code. Rather, I learned the buzz words needed for investors or clients. In short, like many finance people, I was not the value-add I thought I was, but that wasn't what investors were buying. They wanted to buy business models - they never asked more than skin deep questions about the code.

Over time, I've done some in-class training and participated in online course, but I have to say that nothing has made Java so clear as this book. For many like me, who have been faking it and writing code in MS Notepad, this author's use of the Eclipse platform is a dream for the many with "so so" typing and error checking skills. To be fair - I've only completed the first 100 pages of the book, but it has filled in many of the gaps that more advance classes left out.

If you are in management to executive management of a firm that uses the web for business - I recommend this book as a shortcut to the true fundamentals of what those teams of engineers are doing for you. Again, if you've had other exposure, your time invested will be very short, but your capacity to understand bids (for costly improvements) from the engineering team(s) will increase in a "hockey stick" fashion.

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful.
5Very great introductory to computer programming and Java.
By AnEndingAscent
Like another reviewer, I purchased this before I took an actual Computer Science 1 with Java class. This book is actually better at teaching Java than my teacher is. The structure and format is great and it's very entry level oriented. I would definitely recommend this for someone who is serious about getting into computer programming.

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