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Teaches Java first as a programming language—short, simple, one-hour chapters are ideal for the beginner.
Revised and updated to cover the new SDK 1.3, and to reflect contemporary Java programming needs.
Programming is a lot easier than most people think, although there are several reasons why you might believe otherwise:
Because of the growth of the Internet and other factors, this is a great time to learn programming. Useful programming tools are being made available at low cost (or no cost), often as downloads from World Wide Web sites. Thousands of programmers are distributing their work under "open source" licenses so people can examine how the programs were written, correct errors, and add their own improvements.
The goal of this book is to teach programming to the person who hasnever tried to program before, or the person who tried programming but hated it with an intense passion. The English language will be used as much as possible instead of jargon and obscure acronyms, and all new programming terms will be thoroughly explained as they are introduced.
If I've succeeded, you will finish Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours with enough programming skill to be a danger to yourself and others. You'll be able to write programs, dive into other programming books with more confidence, and learn programming languages more easily. You also will have developed skills with Java, the most exciting programming language to be introduced in a decade.
The first hour of this book provides some introductory material about programming and gives you instructions on how to set up your computer so you can write Java programs. The following topics will be covered:
Choosing a Language
As you might have surmised at this point, computer programming is not as hard as it's cracked up to be. If you're comfortable enough with a computer to create a nice-looking resume, balance a checkbook with software such as Intuit Quicken, or create your own home page on the Web, you can write programs.
The key to learning how to program is to start with the right language. The programming language you choose often depends on the tasks you want the computer to accomplish...
|Pt. I||Getting Started||3|
|Hour 1||Becoming a Programmer||5|
|Hour 2||Writing Your First Program||19|
|Hour 3||Vacationing in Java||33|
|Hour 4||Understanding How Java Programs Work||51|
|Pt. II||Learning the Basics||63|
|Hour 5||Storing and Changing Information in a Program||65|
|Hour 6||Using Strings to Communicate||83|
|Hour 7||Using Conditional Tests to Make Decisions||97|
|Hour 8||Repeating an Action with Loops||115|
|Pt. III||Working with Information in New Ways||129|
|Hour 9||Storing Information with Arrays||131|
|Hour 10||Creating Your First Object||147|
|Hour 11||Describing What Your Object Is Like||163|
|Hour 12||Making the Most of Existing Objects||181|
|Pt. IV||Programming a Graphical User Interface||197|
|Hour 13||Building a Simple User Interface||199|
|Hour 14||Laying Out a User Interface||217|
|Hour 15||Responding to User Input||231|
|Hour 16||Building a Complex User Interface||251|
|Pt. V||Creating Multimedia Programs||269|
|Hour 17||Creating Interactive Web Programs||271|
|Hour 18||Handling Errors in a Program||289|
|Hour 19||Creating a Threaded Program||305|
|Hour 20||Reading and Writing Files||323|
|Pt. VI||Creating Multimedia Programs||337|
|Hour 21||Using Fonts and Color||339|
|Hour 22||Playing Sound Files||353|
|Hour 23||Working with Graphics||367|
|Hour 24||Creating Animation||387|
|App. A||Tackling New Features of Java 2 Version 1.4||403|
|App. B||Using the Java 2 Software Development Kit||415|
|App. C||Programming with the Java 2 Software Development Kit||441|
|App. D||Using Sun ONE Studio||465|
|App. E||Where to Go from Here: Java Resources||477|
|App. F: This Book's Web Site||485|
Posted July 6, 2005
I love this book. Although I advise setting aside 48 hours to really get a good grasp on it. Although it does spend a good deal of time on applets it does so with good logic. Most people who are only interested in spending about 24 hours on learning java most likely arent going to be developing indepth programs. If you want this book to either get a diecent grasp on java, or simply to quickly review java (which is my use of the book). I highly recommend it. However if you want to get deeper in java I recommend you buy this book first and follow it up with something such as learn java in 21 days.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 24, 2005
I felt the author did a good job with this book and I did not see where over half of the book was spent on Applets. The book does a very good job of explaining the basics of the Java language and introducing topics such as OOP. The one real draw back is I do not feel the author does a great job with exampls and samples they are there just not abundant and explained in detail. This book is also used to teach college courses that is the first and second Java classes semester 1 and 2.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2005
This book would have been a good introduction into the language, but applets are dead and over half this book was wasted on them. I have been developing in Microsoft tools for almost my entire career. I was hoping to get a good jump into Java with this book, but I was disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.