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Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies [Paperback]

Barry Burd
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15 April 2005 For Dummies
Covering everything from basic Java development concepts to the latest tools and techniques used in Java, this book will put would–be programmers on their way to Java mastery Explores what goes into creating a program, how to put the pieces together, dealing with standard programming challenges, debugging, and making it work Updated for the release of the Java SDK 2.0, with all examples revised to reflect the changes in the technology

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (15 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764588745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764588747
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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See why Java is a great place to start programming Get the scoop on what goes into a program and how to build one that works This Java won′t keep you up nights, because you have this handy book to show you the ropes! It lays the groundwork for the whole programming experience, shows you how to get started with Java, takes you through creating your first programs, helps you solve programming problems, and even lets you in on some great tips. Discover how to Turn your instructions into code Compile and run a program Understand methods, classes, and objects Use variables, values, and types Work with Java "if" statements

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Barry Burd has been a professor of computer science and has trained programmers for business and industry. His other books include Java & XML For Dummies and Eclipse For Dummies.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written introduction to the Java language 17 Sep 2006
By Sara
I recently finished my MSc course, which involved extensive programming. When I began the course I didn't have a clue about what a program was and what the Java language was all about. To be honest I was never really a computer person. I purchased this book as I had to understand everything about Java programming. It provided a good introduction to the language and explained parts of a program really well. The book moved at a good pace introducing, classes, methods and instances. Before I knew it, I was programming in Java with confidence.

Since Java was the first hard core object orientated language I learnt, it became very easy for me to program in other languages such as C, C++, Python, Perl (a scripting language), Visual Basic and Fortran. I would recommend this book as an introduction to the language but once you grasp the basics, it would be useful to purchase Java 5.0 Illumintaed by Anderson and Franceschi as it provides advanced features of the language. Overall, it's worth the money!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT INTRODUCTION 15 Sep 2005
By A Customer
This book is aimed at someone who is keen to learn programming, but who hasn't had much exposure to programming before (I had learnt a little BASIC as a schoolboy and that was it). Even for me, it seemed very simple, and I was a little impatient at first and nearly gave up after a few chapters because it was going on and on about very simple things you could do with numbers, etc. But I'm so glad that I read through to the end - as it started to make sense of Object Oriented Programming, which is not so easy to understand. I had been reading it alongside "Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours", and this really emphasised how well this book was written. The Sams book covered very similar ground, but it was dry theory with examples that were not clearly explained. In this book, by contrast, the writer really seems to have at heart the intention to HELP the reader understand what is going on, and so every example is followed by a very simple explanation of what is happening. Sometimes it feels too simple, but this is FAR, FAR better than not providing enough explanation. You feel through this book that you are being guided and that nothing will be presented that is beyond your ability to understand. Tomorrow I'm going to get his follow-up book, which I hope will be as helpful in taking the next step.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good starter book for Java 23 Oct 2006
This book really does start with the basics, so if you already know a bit about programming it will possibly be too slow - However, if like me you need a refresher (after a 15 year break) or really are new to programming this is a good launch pad - don't be too disappointed that it does not leap straight into Windows, Icons, Mice, and Pointers and there are lots of text examples. It does get the message across very well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to Java 12 Feb 2007
I am a mature University student studying Web Development and Programming.I needed a gentle introduction to Java, and this book has provided just that.It takes the reader by the hand and introduces all of the basic concepts in an informative and uncomplicated manner (not an easy task).

The author is also very accesible.I had a problem with some code and he responded to my email within hours.(He pointed me to a posting on his Weblog which did just the trick).

I approached Java with some trepidation but thanks to Mr Burd I am now feeling very confident about tackling the more complicated issues.

I am also more than holding my own at University.I can`t thank the author enough.

An introduction to Java that I would highly recommend to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review Beginning Java programming for Dummies 16 Dec 2009
A 3 star book.

This book as per the introduction is for Beginners with no programming experience, but the author starts of with some complicated examples like reading keyboard input.

Most of the text has been designed, so that readers with no programming experience are able to learn this, however the examples are a bit complicated. Some of the example program run into errors after execution.

The author has not detailed anything about debugging, maybe because only the JCreator's Pro edition has got this feature. There is also no mention about exception handling.

There are a few examples missing in the zip file downloaded from the web. Also the author has zipped all the JCreators project and workfiles, whereas I was using eclipse and I had to delete these files.

Credit should go to the author for explaining ENUM types and enchanced FOR loops in a simple language. The author has missed the topic of exiting from the loop midway.

This book is ok, but definitely NOT for beginners with No programming experience as stated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful which version you buy 8 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I puchased this version by mistake - it ancient - written in 2005 - you need to get the 2011 3rd edition. I just binned it. Why does Amazon still sell this version !!! - just wasted all this money
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3.0 out of 5 stars wrong layout 18 July 2011
By Radim
Format:Kindle Edition
book is good for beginners who haven't touched any programming language at all but text formatting is all wrong. Missing parts of pictures and tables where all the important stuff is explained. Also many of the examples end up with compile error so they can't be run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners 26 Oct 2009
This is a really great introductory book to the world of Java. I had started a course that included some Java and was not finding the teaching to be adequate. So I bought this book and found that the concepts that I needed to understand were far easier to grasp after reading through some of the examples in the book. He uses really simplified material - how many gumballs for how many kids and so on - to explain what is going on, and when he is discussing a program in stages, he highlights in bold the particular points of the program that he is discussing at that moment. Additionally, I emailed the author about follow up books and got a reply in less than twenty four hours. Highly recommended and I'm looking forward to his next books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter for Java
It may not relate to the current version of Java, but for a novice in the field it's a good place to start for a £1.82 next-to-nothing price. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Waterman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad as an introduction
Set out in the normal dummies fashion, this book isn't bad for those who are just starting out in the world of java. I believe there is a more up to date version of this book out.
Published 19 months ago by Martin Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is the best I've come across for absolute beginners. It starts off really simple, teaching your the language so you can understand it rather than jumping straight into... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Jakek
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning to understand
This book was bought for my 11 year nephew and as his head was stuck in the book for most of Christmas Day I guess that just about sums up how good the book is. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by LouiseS
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm not so dumb?
Started to read it and got stuck. It's a little bit too much off programming, concentrated on real life examples. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Tomek
2.0 out of 5 stars What's in the book is good...
..but it is missing some very important stuff.

I started working through this book and found it very good - easy to understand and well-paced. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by Ben Morrish
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to both Java and programming
Coming from a background where I program occasionally at work I knew programming basics - but Java was completely new to me. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Bubblematrix
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for beginners
very good book for beginners.. it gives you a lot of examples in order to understand the "logic" behind it.

the communication with the author is amazing. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by Soteris
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to programming
I purchased this book for my Son who was leaving his job in I.T.Support to go to University.His Uni Course includes Programming which he has never done. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by s
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does this book explain how to write formulas into websites such as allowing people to choose a formula such as the SUVAT equation and then ask for some of the letters and then it... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by josh
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