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Barry Burd
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10 April 2012 0470371749 978-0470371749 3rd Edition
One of the most popular beginning programming books, now fully updated Java is a popular language for beginning programmers, and earlier editions of this fun and friendly guide have helped thousands get started. Now fully revised to cover recent updates for Java 7.0, Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 3rd Edition is certain to put more first–time programmers and Java beginners on the road to Java mastery. Explores what goes into creating a program, putting the pieces together, dealing with standard programming challenges, debugging, and making the program work Offers new options for tools and techniques used in Java development Provides valuable information and examples for the would–be programmer with no Java experience All examples are updated to reflect the latest changes in Java 7.0 Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 3rd Edition offers an easy–to–understand introduction to programming through the popular, versatile Java 7.0 language.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (10 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470371749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470371749
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Learn Java programming the easy way and make your computer do your bidding If you want to start writing computer programs, you′ve come to the right book. Here′s a straightforward approach to learning Java, the object–oriented programming language that works on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Even if you′ve never written a line of code, this friendly guide will have you ordering your computer about in no time! Start here — if you′re a complete novice, discover what programming is all about and prepare your computer for writing and testing programs Building blocks — learn the elements of a Java program, how to represent data, and how to get new values from existing ones Go with the flow — take your programs to the next level and deal with larger amounts of information One bite at a time — see how to solve more complex programming problems by using program units and ready–made code Go graphical — discover how to program windows, buttons, and other graphical items Visit the companion website at www.dummies.com/go/beginningprogrammingwithjavafd to find all the code samples used in this book, updated for Java 7. Open the book and find: Why Java is such a cool language When to use variables, values, and types What you need to know about keywords, identifiers, and literals How to create loops within loops Why you need Eclipse How to flick a virtual switch Tips on using Boolean variables What you can do with arrays

About the Author

Dr. Barry Burd has an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. As a teaching assistant in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, he was elected five times to the universitywide List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students. Since 1980, Dr. Burd has been a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. When he's not lecturing at Drew University, Dr. Burd leads training courses for professional programmers in business and industry. He has lectured at conferences in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is the author of several articles and books, including Java For Dummies and Android Application Development All-in-One For Dummies, both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Java 12 Dec 2012
By Steve
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If, like me, you have an interest in getting to grips with Java but have no prior experience of the language, and/or little or no experience of programming generally, then this book offers a great place to start. It represents basic principles in a non-technical way, making good use of analogy to help the reader understand some of the more abstract concepts.

I would therefore recommend this book to anyone starting out on the Java journey.

I would however add that, towards the endof the book, the subjects become more complex and so the content become less and less comprehensive/helpful in terms of developing a full understanding. That's ok though in my view, since it's unrealistic to expect any one 'technical' book to offer all things to all levels of competency.

Instead, the subjects towards the end should be viewed more as an introduction to 'other stuff that Java can do', to whet your appetite. Inevitably though further reading will be required to build a comprehensive understanding of these more complex areas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 15 May 2013
By Pen man
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My computer literate 10 year old has been teaching himself Java with this. I think that says it all. Simple enough to understand but complex enough to captivate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, explains everything in English 23 Aug 2013
By ad
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I will be studying Java and Android for the next 4 months, so I decided to get a book to try learn some basics beforehand.

I had previously studied C and C++, but was still a bit shaky on programming in general. I found this book a bit easy for the most part, but it was a great refresher on basic concepts along with Java Specific Stuff. I will see in the coming months how I fare in college.

My advice:

- if you have never programmed before this book is perfect for you
- if you have programmed before, maybe you would be better off with the Java For Dummies book,as this book may be a bit easy for you
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Website and author support 2 Oct 2012
By David G
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This is a well written and enjoyable introduction to Java. Clearly nobody is going to master Java without a lot of practice, however, this book does give some insights into the language and I found it interesting and helpful.The great strength of this particular book is the support given by the author who has a website and also answered an individual e-mail inquiry. I was tremendously impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, much more than expected... 14 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well,
I'll be very brief and straight-forward not to bother anyone with an annoying 50 pages review: GET IT.
No assumptions, no skipping steps, incredibly easy to understand, well written AND funny (you heard me!).

But more than that, its author actually gives you a personal email to use at any problem, and even better, his website allowing you to speak directly to him, LIVE that is.
So, despite of your rookie level in Java (even better if it is like mine...a big fat 0), this is your book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction To Java Programming 1 Dec 2013
By Michael
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This book is a fantastic introduction to Java programming. If you don't have one clue about programming or Java then this is the book for you. As long as you know how to use a computer, you can begin programming in Java within days. Before I bought this book I wanted to know how to create text-based programs and learn the various concepts in Java. I am still in the middle of this book, but I am well able to write programs in Eclipse and I understand how they work. This book covers
- How to download all the tools you need for Java programming
- How to use the Eclipse IDE
- Then, you will begin learning about all the programming terms you need and you will start creating your own programs.
The author introduces each concept step by step and you will be able to formulate your own programs a few chapters in.

What will you achieve by the end of this book? By the end of this book, you will be able to create basic to moderate text-based programs in the Eclipse console with a lot of programming knowledge. You will also be able to create windows with graphical components. You won't be a programming master but you will know a lot of programming knowledge and be able to progress to more difficult books.

The author explains difficult concepts in a chatty and witty way, which lightens the atmosphere when reading. Things you have to know are clearly marked and common programming mistakes are clearly highlighted so you don't make them yourself.

Overall, I would recommend this book to all beginners or even those who know programming but want to learn Java.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great place to start. 17 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book to introduce you to java. Its brilliantly written and very easy to follow. From setting up an IDE to writing your first little program, everything is explained so well whether you have a pc or mac. If you're looking for somewhere to start this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Zooblu
Format:Paperback
Java for dummies offers a comprehensive cover of basic java right from the beggining so everyone can understand fully. With the witty writing of Barry, everyone could have fun
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