Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies Paperback – Apr 10 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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Basically, this book was written for the novice. If novice is too generous a term for you, then this book will be perfect. Even if you only thought Java was another name for coffee and only use a computer to word-process on and want to pick up a hobby or perhaps a job skill, you will benefit from this book. The author, Barry Burd, really knows his stuff. He is able to explain such complicated conceptual areas such as objects, classes and arrays better than my CS 101 prof. He also keeps it lively if things get too abstract by analogies and often throws a joke in a section. The book, as a result, is somewhat entertaining in addition to being informative. He uses language that any lay person could easily understand (but if you want to read this because you are going into a computer science class, it's a good place to start, but you will need another book to help you learn the terminology).
In spite of the stigma attached to the "For Dummies" book series (at least it's not as bad as "The Complete Idiot's guide"), this is a book written for people who just want to get to know the language and write some simple programs (or more). I would highly recommend it to anyone getting started here, as well as Java 2 by the same author.
I feel that its fine for a book to be introductory, and this book does a fabulous job of that, BUT...
For this price, it really out to be about twice as long, and coer far more material thereby...
I have only browsed the book by Schildt "Java 2 Beginner's guide" but
that one looks like its a far better introductory book.
I was so frustrated on getting through the bulk of this Dummies book without really getting my feet wet, that I rushed out to the store (12 miles away!) and bought myself a copy of "A Beginner's Guide".
You can learn from my mistake: don't get dummies, but go right to
"Blessed are those who do hunger and thirst for good programming books, for they shall be satisfied..."
Natasha Pavlova (Dr. S. Gotis-Graham)
Most recent customer reviews
Lots of info and I had to read a few of the beginning chapter sections again but I was up and running with my first small simple code in a matter of days. Very. Very. Cool. Read morePublished on May 27 2013 by Stephanie Daye
This book is very good for people just starting to learn programming using java. Mr Burd done a good job explaining the basic fundamentals of Java language in easy to understand... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Fernando Escoto
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