Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies

Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies

by Barry A. Burd
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Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies by Barry A. Burd

A practical introduction to programming with Java

Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 4th Edition is a comprehensive guide to learning one of the most popular programming languages worldwide. This book covers basic development concepts and techniques through a Java lens. You'll learn what goes into a program, how to put the pieces together, how to deal with challenges, and how to make it work. The new Fourth Edition has been updated to align with Java 8, and includes new options for the latest tools and techniques.

Java is the predominant language used to program Android and cloud apps, and its popularity is surging as app demand rises. Whether you're just tooling around, or embarking on a career, Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 4th Edition is a great place to start. Step-by-step instruction, easy-to-read language, and quick navigation make this book the perfect resource for new programmers. You'll begin with the basics before moving into code, with simple, yet detailed explanations every step of the way. Topics include:

  • Learn the language with sample programs and the Java toolkit
  • Familiarize yourself with decisions, conditions, statements, and information overload
  • Differentiate between loops and arrays, objects and classes, methods and variables

The book also contains links to additional resources, other programming languages, and guidance as to the most useful classes in the Java API. If you're new to programming languages, Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, 4th Edition provides the instruction and practice you need to become a confident Java programmer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118407813
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/23/2014
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 185,293
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Barry Burd, PhD, is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Drew University. He is the author of Android Application Development All-in-One For Dummies and Java Programming for Android Developers For Dummies.

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Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm currently evaluating this book as a possible textbook for a light class in introductory programming using Java at the high school level. Aside from working through it myself, I'm having a student act as a 'guinea pig' to give me their evaluation of it. The book is written in a style that's fun to read, and it provides good descriptions for a beginning programmer. There are enough programming projects in it to demonstrate the points in the book and keep the text from becoming long, slogging infodumps. There are many areas that are glossed over, but that's necessary at this level and I don't consider it a flaw. They've done well. It shares the flaw of many beginning programming books of limiting the examples to non-graphical apps for far too long, in my opinion. The book's real flaw, however, is the use of a platform-specific IDE from the very start. Using a platform-specific IDE with Java is outrageous, IMO. The examples are given with step-by-step programming instructions tied directly to this IDE, so any student who can't or doesn't use this IDE will be at a big disadvantage early on. The flaw can be overcome if the reader has some help from someone else, or the patience to figure out the relationship between the book's instructions for its IDE and what they are using. But if you're working on your own on a platform other than Windows, it could be a big problem. I'd much rather have seen this book using a standard multiplatform IDE like Eclipse or Netbeans with setup info to simplify the interfaces for a beginner. Still, the tone and style of the book and the fine examples are the saving graces of it. If you're starting out on Windows, I highly recommend this book, but I also recommend moving yourself to a standard IDE as soon as you feel competant to do so. If you're starting out on a Mac or Linux, this book will still work but there'll be a rough bump near the start while you set yourself up with Eclipse or Netbeans and learn to equate the directions in the book with your IDE. Fortunately, the Apple Developer Connection and Linux HOWTOs give good info that will get you started, substituting for the first few chapters of this book.
Psoup More than 1 year ago
Posted 5/5/2010: I am a professional developer (in many languages other than Java). I have programmed in Java previously but as in any tool if you do not use it you will lose it. I lost it! I have found some of the Java terminology to be intimidating but programming all follows the same rules. Java is no exception. The way Barry wrote the book he was speaking to each reader in a way they can understand and with humor. I wish I had the opportunity to take a class that Barry teaches. Wanting to brush up on my Java and learn new techniques this book does it all. I am completely satisfied and ready to use Java in real business applications.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His book is a great guide & hand book for first time programmers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written book and easy to understand, but the NOOK figures are hard to see/read on my 7 inch Samsung tablet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned so fast!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A "Beginning" book, and that's about as far as it goes. Several of the sample programs do not work with Java 7. The author spends too much time attempting to develop cute and humorous analogies; making the sample programs difficult to understand. Most readers won't need the five paragraph description (Chapter 15) of the author's visits to his Aunt Edna as an introduction to Java's For statements. The opening paragraphs of Chapter 20, "Oooey GUI Was a Worm" are insulting, and made this reader feel like a dummy for having bought the book in the first place. Save your money, and use the free Java on-line tutorials.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Barry Burd did an excellent job with this book. He makes learning basic java extremely easy - I would suggest this book for ANYONE that wants to get a good boost start for learning programming with java. Best of all, you don't need any previous programming experience.