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Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) Paperback – May 9, 2003

ISBN-13: 078-5555865310 ISBN-10: 0764526464 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764526464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764526466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The jargon-free way to get into programming

Begin writing solid, working Java programs right away

Ready to jump into the exciting world of Java? With easy-to-follow instructions and numerous examples, Barry Burd provides you with a firm foundation in programming basics and great strategies for writing solid code. Before you know it, you’ll be making methods, using classes, working with arrays, and creating your own powerful programs.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Barry Burd, PhD, teaches computer science at Drew University and trains professional programmers. He also speaks at conferences worldwide and is the author of Java 2 For Dummies.

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This book is very good for people just starting to learn programming using java.
Fernando Escoto
An easy presentation in light and humorous manner, with moderately apportioned theoretical material, makes one easy to cope with many difficult concepts.
Dr. S. Gotis-Graham
I would highly recommend it to anyone getting started here, as well as Java 2 by the same author.
Adam Dukovich

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Adam Dukovich on October 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you have had experience programming in other languages, then this book is not for you. It takes things slowly but surely, demonstrating the basic tenets of programming as well as the specifics of Java. I read it before taking an introductory computer science course and it really put me ahead of almost all of the other students (and I had no real programming experience).
Basically, this book was written for the novice. If novice is too generous a term for you, then this book will be perfect. Even if you only thought Java was another name for coffee and only use a computer to word-process on and want to pick up a hobby or perhaps a job skill, you will benefit from this book. The author, Barry Burd, really knows his stuff. He is able to explain such complicated conceptual areas such as objects, classes and arrays better than my CS 101 prof. He also keeps it lively if things get too abstract by analogies and often throws a joke in a section. The book, as a result, is somewhat entertaining in addition to being informative. He uses language that any lay person could easily understand (but if you want to read this because you are going into a computer science class, it's a good place to start, but you will need another book to help you learn the terminology).
In spite of the stigma attached to the "For Dummies" book series (at least it's not as bad as "The Complete Idiot's guide"), this is a book written for people who just want to get to know the language and write some simple programs (or more). I would highly recommend it to anyone getting started here, as well as Java 2 by the same author.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Scott Baret on October 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I took a class in Java last year and was very unhappy with the Deitel book used, as it was lacking understandable material and humor. When I went to the library I found a bunch of Java books but they all looked too confusing to me. I got home and used a trusty ol' Amazon search and found this book. I immediately went in a mad search around Pittsburgh for this book, as I didn't have time to wait for the shipping. I found it and was glad I bought it. It's clear, humorous, and is so well-written that even a person in their 80s could figure out how to program. Buy this--you'll be glad you did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alex Hardwick on November 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for those who have had no previous experience with programming at all.
In the previous year I taught myself html (not very hard) so I thought that I could learn a programming language myself, so I went over to the bookstore and picked up a copy of beginning programming with java and right when I started reading it I immediatly was interested in the subject because the author Barry Burd made it fun and interesting I reccomend this for all users who want to start programming and have no idea what they are doing.
Even younger people such as teenagers can get this concept me being one myself proves this.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V. Jacobs on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I spent 2 months in my free time, sitting on the beach, weekends and evenings slowing going through Barry Burd's Book - Java for Dummies. I had never developed anything in my life although I am a pretty competent user of office based products. The biggest compliment I can give the book is that after the initial flush enthusiasm has worn off Barry's book will still keep you engaged and experimenting - it will not end up propping up the coffee table. If you are a beginner - this is not a book that promises alot and delivers little - it delivers all the way ... but as a student you have to put some of the work in as well - the book can't do it all for you.

Bottom line - will it make you a first string corporate developer ?? No, but it will empower and enable you to understand the more complex stuff which will in turn lead to developing what will be high quality applications be they web based or what ever. Your days of feeling like an idiot will be over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Several on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I offer my review in the form of an email I recently sent to the author:

Dr. Burd,

I have to tell you how much I love your Java programming book. I've been searching for a way into the mysterious world of programming for quite some time, and yours is the best by far! A few years ago I took a intro programming class in which BASIC was used as the learning tool. Unfortunately it bored me to tears. In my quest for a successful self-study course I had trouble finding a book that kept me engaged. That is until I found your book! Thank you for finally giving me a route to programming that works for me!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Jordan on March 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
You would not believe how helpful this book has been for my Java programming class! I was so lost that I did not even know how to install the software correctly. This book takes you step-by-step from installation through creating your own Java program. Honestly, I was in tears before I discovered this book.

I got an A in my class and I owe it all to this book. My textbook was no help at all. I highly recommend this to all beginning programming students!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Earl on October 11, 2005
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I'm taking a Java class in college and was a little lost. I've studied Fortran, Basic, Lisp, and Visual Basic. Java is a whole new world to me. I'm an old DOS user and like understanding the "why". This book assumes you know little and is easy to follow. A great teaching aid! I would recommend it to anyone trying to learn Java.
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