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April 10 2012 0470371749 978-0470371749 3
One of the most popular beginning programming books, now fully updated

Java is a popular language for beginning programmers, and earlier editions of this fun and friendly guide have helped thousands get started. Now fully revised to cover recent updates for Java 7.0, Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 3rd Edition is certain to put more first-time programmers and Java beginners on the road to Java mastery.

  • Explores what goes into creating a program, putting the pieces together, dealing with standard programming challenges, debugging, and making the program work
  • Offers new options for tools and techniques used in Java development
  • Provides valuable information and examples for the would-be programmer with no Java experience
  • All examples are updated to reflect the latest changes in Java 7.0

Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 3rd Edition offers an easy-to-understand introduction to programming through the popular, versatile Java 7.0 language.

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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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Newbies May 27 2013
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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.
I had to go with NetBeans because Eclipse was very buggy. other than that I think this would be an excellent investment for someone just starting out and wants to learn Java and decoding the code so it makes sense to the average person just starting out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow. Aug. 12 2013
By M. Torres - Published on
I have never completed a programming book, let alone completed one as quickly as I did this one. I've tried to read other introductory programming books for both Java and C++ and gotten bogged down in the first 1/3 or even 1/4. With this one, I would sit down in front of my computer with eclipse open, tell myself " can do it, just one chapter..." and next thing I know I'd be done with 3 chapters. The author does an excellent job of clearly explaining the things he is introducing: What they are, how they work and good examples of what they can be used for.

I think some background info would be helpful to go along with my review.

I am currently 32 years old and learning to program is something that has always haunted/intimidated me. I graduated high school and was determined to become a programmer. I hit a stumbling block early on in the coursework and I "fell off the horse" so to speak. I didn't do a great job of seeking out resources at the community college I was at--people who could give me some encouragement and guidance...hell, they may not have even been there. Point is, I ended up studying IT instead, things turned out relatively fine. I've never been able to shake the feeling that I should try it again, maybe I didn't give myself enough credit back then. I am not saying that I think this book is going to turn me into a programming genius, but it has made me feel like maybe, just maybe I can reach back to my 19-year-old self and give it another go.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flow July 17 2013
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This book is one of the best, if not the best 'beginner' book out there period. The author really understands the mind of a 'newby', something many authors fail to do... simply because it's not an easy thing to accomplish if you're an expert on the matter and the early days of being a novice are long gone.

The book focuses not only on Java but also the general process of programming. It reads easy and fast as any book with a well thought-out flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very great introductory to computer programming and Java. Sept. 13 2012
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Like another reviewer, I purchased this before I took an actual Computer Science 1 with Java class. This book is actually better at teaching Java than my teacher is. The structure and format is great and it's very entry level oriented. I would definitely recommend this for someone who is serious about getting into computer programming.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, Dr. Burd Sept. 10 2012
By East Mountain Guy - Published on
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I haven't done any programming in over 20 years (Fortran, Cobol, Basic and the like) so I was hesitant to jump into Java. Dr. Burd's book has made my re-entry into programming utterly enjoyable. Step by easy step the book guides you through all of the computerese and jargon and in only a couple of days I was half way through the book. Thanks Dr. Burd. Chocolate and royalties, indeed!
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused May 9 2013
By bitbyboth - Published on
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I am a Computer Science graduate and I've been wanting to teach myself Java. I thought that this book would be helpful for that, not realizing that 'Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies' is meant for people who have no prior programming experience. I'm sure the content of the book is just as helpful and informative as the other 'For Dummies' books but the confusion means I had to buy the 'Java for Dummies' book and now have no use for this one. Anyway, just a little 'buyer beware' if you're a programmer just looking to learn a new language this is not the book for you!
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