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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: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,267 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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This is a great little book for the absolute beginner which gently eases you into the baffling world of object orientation. It’s a very light hearted read and makes learning fun. The dedicated student could breeze through this book in a few days and will gain enough knowledge to certainly progress onto more complex matters of software engineering.
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As a novice programmer I very much enjoyed Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies.Everything was explained in detail with step by step explanations as to how to download software from Sun Microsystems and how to write and compile Java Programs. If you get stuck you can e-mail the author. I certainly got a prompt reply when I did this.There are a number of prewritten programs on the author's own website which you can use to practise running programs and which help you to see how the Java code works in practice. The author gives a clear explanation of what object oriented programming means and gives practical help in understanding error messages and using the Java API documentation. An easy to read book which I am happy to recommend.
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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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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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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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it is a book that assumes absolutely no prior knowledge of programming and it explains things very clearly. For those who have some programming background, the first chapters safely be skipped. I would certainly recommend it both for total beginners and also for those, like me, who have 'played' with programming in the past but have no professional experience in the field
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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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THESE BOOKS HAVE BEEN A STARTING POINT FOR MANY PEOPLE STARTING TO LEARN A NEW DISCIPLINE.
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!
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