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As if the World Wide Web isn’t reason enough to do cartwheels down the street, the globe is now ablaze with the fire of a different flavor: Java – a fresh blend of technologies that bring the Web to life with dazzling animation, pulse-pounding sound, and full-blown interactivity, the likes of which the online community has never seen.

One of the wonderful things about Java is its universal appeal; all Web surfers can add a dash or two of Java to their Web pages, bringing their Web sites to life with little effort.  And even if you’ve never seen Java in action before, you’re going to be just fine with Java For Dummies, 3rd Edition at your side. Assuming that you’re comfortable using your computer, you’re soon likely to find yourself surfing the seas of Java on the World Wide Web, creating your very own Java-powered pages, and hooking up Java applications on your desktop computer.

If you want, you can read this book from front to back. But each part of Java For Dummies, 3rd Edition stands on its own. You'll uncover information about

  • Exactly why everyone on the Web seems to be scrambling for a taste of Java
  • How to use the Java applets
  • When to customize the applets to fit your needs
  • How Java desktop applications differ from their Web-oriented applet counterparts
  • What to do to make some nifty, kick-butt Java applications for your desktop
  • How to overcome the top Java snafus

Java For Dummies offers everything you need to know to inject your pages and desktop with the appropriate flavor of Java. As icing on the cake (or cream in your coffee, if you prefer), you'll discover the best places on the Web to satisfy the constant Java cravings you’re sure to get. Brace yourself – you stand a good chance of becoming a serious Java addict.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764504174
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron E. Walsh is President and CEO of Mantis Development Corporation where he leads development and advanced technologies using Java. Aaron regularly contributes articles to MacTech magazine and Dobb's Programming Journal. He is also the author of IDG Books Worldwide's Java Bible and Fundamentals of Java Programming for the World Wide Web.
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Table of Contents


Part I: Caught in a Web of Intrigue.

Chapter 1: A Thirst for Java.

Chapter 2: Java-Savvy Browsers.

Part II: It's Applet Pickin' Time!

Chapter 3: HTML and the APPLET Tag.

Chapter 4: Learning to Love the APPLET Tag

Chapter 5: Designing Your Own Java-Powered Web Page.

Chapter 6: Finding the Applet of Your Eye.

Chapter 7: Weaving Applets into Web Pages.

Chapter 8: Preparing to Customize Your Applets.

Chapter 9: The Main Ingredients -- Customizing to Taste.

Chapter 10: Plugging into the Java Plug-in.

Chapter 11: Bringing Your Applet to Life on the Web.

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting: Shaking the Bugs Out.

Part III: Application Overdrive: Bringing Java to the Desktop.

Chapter 13: Rumble in the Jungle: Applications versus Applets.

Chapter 14: Hooking Up Java Applications.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Places to Find Java Help on the Web.

Chapter 16: Ten Rock 'n' Roll Web Sites for Finding Applets.

Chapter 17: Ten Kickin' Java Applications.

Chapter 18: Ten Technical Tragedies.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Resources for Staying Hip to That Java Noise.

Appendix B: A Sip of JavaScript.

Appendix C: About the CD.


Java Development Kit Version 1.1.5 Binary Code License.

IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. End-User License Agreement.

Installation Instructions.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2001

    You'd be a Dummy if you Bought This

    This book has an amazing lack of infomormation of any sort and no information about Java programming. In fact, it suggests that you need 'a PhD in computer nerdology' to write your own applets. Instead it tells you to download applets from the web and gives you cursory instructions on how to insert them into HTML files. Finally, it suggest you learn Java Script, but doesn't help you much there either.

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