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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470371722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470371725
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

You too can be a Java guru! From getting started to website and mobile app-building, here's the scoop

There's a lot to know about Java, the programming language that lets you create all kinds of cool websites and mobile apps. So isn't it great that all the important stuff is in this one handy guide? From what Java is and how to download it to creating interactive sites, working with databases, and writing simple game programs, here's just what you need to know!

  • Getting started — learn what Java does, download and install it, and work with the command-line tools and TextPad

  • All the basics — explore programming essentials, object-oriented programming concepts, and special programming techniques

  • Get in the Swing — find out how Swing lets you write programs that respond when the user clicks a button or types text

  • Fun with files and databases — use Java's database interface and XML features to work with stored data

  • Let's play — fiddle with fonts and colors, draw pictures, work with images and media, and create animations

Visit the companion website at for all the code listings in this book plus bonus chapters about Eclipse, JavaBeans, BigDecimals, and using menus.

Open the book and find:

  • Java's strengths and weaknesses

  • All about Java API classes

  • How to work with loops and methods

  • Tips on working with classes

  • What to do with strings and arrays

  • How Swing enables user input

  • A guide to creating applets

  • Cool game programming tips

9 books in 1

  • Java Basics

  • Programming Basics

  • Object-Oriented Programming

  • Strings, Arrays, and Collections

  • Programming Techniques

  • Swing

  • Web Programming

  • Files and Databases

  • Fun and Games

About the Author

Doug Lowe began writing programming books before Java was invented. He's covered COBOL, Fortran, Visual Basic, Web programming, and more, and is the bestselling author of more than 30 For Dummies books, including all editions of Java All-in-One For Dummies.

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Don't learn Java from a book. Learn it by doing online workshops and by practicing. Try one of the many free coding websites instead.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26742dc) out of 5 stars Good Book, But It Has One Flaw... Jan. 5 2012
By ArcticWolf - Published on
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First of all let me say that this book does a good job of explaining the concepts of Java. The author explains things in an easy to understand way. The tone is very casual and it feels like you are being taught by a friend, as opposed to say a professor. If you are someone who learns by reading, then this book is good for you.

However, if you are someone who learns by doing, then this book is probably not for you. This is my only problem with the book; it doesn't have exercises or problems to complete. There are a few programs where you can kinda follow along, but I wish the author would have included assignments (with answers and help) at the end of every chapter to actually learn what we read. Without this, the book is essentially a lecture. Because of this, I realized that this book was not for me, and I returned it for something else.

Everyone has different learning styles, so if you don't mind the lack of exercises, then this is a good, easy to understand book for beginners.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2674528) out of 5 stars Best Java book for beginners Dec 9 2012
By Robert Allen - Published on
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I spent months studying the Java Tutorials trying to learn the language. I was able to understand part of the things taught there but found the tutorial to be very poorly written. It was not written with the beginner in mind, maybe an intermediate coder at best. I would be moving right along and out of nowhere the tutorial would introduce things I had no idea what they were. No lead up to the new topics, it would just show up. It was usually written in a very terse (minimalistic) way. I knew I had to find something better or I was not going to be able to learn the language in a reasonable amount of time.

After reading the free chapters for every Java book Amazon offered I settled upon purchasing this one. I was looking for a book with easy to understand Java coding examples and I was not disappointed. The book is loaded with them. The author introduces you to a subject with small examples of code and explains in plain English what everything means. He continues to build upon the same examples when introducing more material. This is really important when learning.

The book has excellent flow. You start out with the basics and steadily progress into serious Java techniques by the time your finished. Theres no jumping around or being blind sided by new topics. You use what you learned previously. The books/subjects chosen by the author for teaching Java are simply put, brilliant. They are exactly what you need to know if you want to ever be a serious Java coder. You will gain a well rounded knowledge of Java.

There are no tests or questions and exercises but that is not needed here. I personally would study a chapter and then try to code the examples in the book without looking at them. Because the author explains his code examples so detailed you can use it as pseudo code for doing this. It works extremely well. So much so that you will begin to think exactly as the author teaches. Towards the end I became so accustomed to the authors style that when comparing my code to his, my code would be nearly identical in every aspect, maybe a variable would be named slightly different but nothing else.

The book does have one flaw but not one that will hurt your learning. It does have a significant amount of minor spelling errors and a few coding errors. I have noted each one and am sending them to the Dummies people for their review. I was rather surprised by the amount of them. They should have been easily caught by a proofreader so it makes me think that no one at the Dummies organization put forth the effort.

There is plenty of extra material to be learned from the dummies website on this book. The bonus chapters are as well written as the rest of the book so it adds a considerable amount of material to an already generous book of 833 pages. I cant speak highly enough for the author and what he has done for me, I am very grateful for his efforts. It has helped me immensely.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26744ec) out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!! Oct. 30 2013
By J. Dubey - Published on
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I have read all the reviews here and they are pretty much on the mark. I thought it would be great to just watch the NewBoston videos for free on the Internet because, like many of the reviewers, I learn better by "doing" than reading. Well the problem with that was the NewBoston videos don't really give you the background you need before you jump into syntax. This book was AMAZING at bringing me step-by-step through Java. I was a programmer 25 years ago, and I haven't written a line of code since back then. This book immediately provided the base for understanding how object oriented coding works and then went on to the reasons we put certain lines of code in. I can now understand most of the Java that I need (and where to go if I need more), and best of all, this book is an excellent reference. I can also go back to the NewBoston videos and understand what they are saying MUCH BETTER. I recommend newbees start with the first page and keep on reading until you have finished the entire book. The author will baby you all the way through. Hope this helps.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26749e4) out of 5 stars Great For Almost Any Programming Level March 16 2012
By TCommenter3 - Published on
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This book provides an extensive set of principles for coding JAVA programs. If you have some experience with coding in another language (C#, C++, etc.), you will likely be able to learn some of the commands and functions more quickly than if you were a beginner, but the book is simplified with some walkthroughs and examples for beginners. Beginners should be able to pick up on some of the coding patterns (when to use certain statements and commands) after working with some of the examples. I like that this book is not a bunch long code listings with little explanation, which would be very intimidating if you don't program daily or for a career.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa267487c) out of 5 stars Don't waste your time if you're too dumb for dummies March 4 2012
By kristee - Published on
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Usually the Dummies series is very good and the authors tend to dumb things down for me to understand. I have used all of the math dummies books to (decently) pass my math classes in college, I can't apply the concepts learned from the book into code for my assignments... perhaps because I am too dumb for this subject in general. If you are struggling alot in a computer science class of some sort, I wouldn't recommend this book. However, if you get stuck on a few concepts once in a while, I would highly recommend this book for you. The author clearly explains how everything works, but there aren't very many examples of actual code for you to see actually how things work (in your own java editor).