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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470371749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470371749
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,357 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Dukovich on Oct. 19 2003
Format: Paperback
If you have had experience programming in other languages, then this book is not for you. It takes things slowly but surely, demonstrating the basic tenets of programming as well as the specifics of Java. I read it before taking an introductory computer science course and it really put me ahead of almost all of the other students (and I had no real programming experience).
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.
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By A Customer on June 23 2003
Format: Paperback
When I put down my money for this one, I had no idea that finishing more than half the book would still not have me "out of diapers" as a programmer.
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
Schildt's book.
"Blessed are those who do hunger and thirst for good programming books, for they shall be satisfied..."
Have fun!
Doug
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irina on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Paperback
Excellent addition to your shelf! Very straight forward and even humorous. I had some questions that I couldn't find the answers to in the book and I emailed the author directly. Was able to get response right away. Thank you for assistance, Barry, I don't think I'll fail my class any longer! :)
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The book "Beginning Programming with Java for dummies " by Barry Burd is invaluable help for the beginner in its area. The author stipulates every question, possibly occurring regarding installation Software, and many more. An easy presentation in light and humorous manner, with moderately apportioned theoretical material, makes one easy to cope with many difficult concepts. This book can satisfy the needs of a wide range of people, which are working in areas unrelated to programming or mathematics. Myself, being of non-English speaking background, found it pleasurable to read and understand. Its language does not contain slang expressions and can be considered as international. I would recommend it enthusiastically to all beginners in this field.
Natasha Pavlova (Dr. S. Gotis-Graham)
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