Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies Paperback – 10 Apr 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
- 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
I AM CONVINCED THAT A CLEAR AND CONCISE WAY TO LEARN IS A MUST NOT A CONDEMNATION OF I.Q.
ALL OF US LEARN AND THINK IN BITE SIZED PACKETS OF INFO , AND BUILD UPON THAT FOUNDATION .
THIS BOOK IS THE WAY ALL BOOKS AND EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENTS SHOULD BE (AND SELDOM ARE) TEACHING THEIR STUDENTS !
SO, IT IF YOU WANT A GOOD FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND A REFERENCE SOURCE BUY THIS BOOK OR ONE LIKE IT!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ideal book for beginners to learn Java. You could do a lot worse than buy this book.
Sorry its short and to the point. I'm just really busy.
my 15 year old bought this and has never put it down! he says it is cool and recommended to his mates.Published on 21 Feb. 2014 by jo
Also another good book, I still enjoy learning from a book and this is up there with the rest of the Dummy booksPublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by Peter Leyland
Quite slow paced and would be vastly improved if it was more concise. Often gives you information about figures that you seen 5 pages ago. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2014 by Dave Horne
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