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Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies [Paperback]

Barry Burd
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April 19, 2005 0764588745 978-0764588747 2
  • Covering everything from basic Java development concepts to the latest tools and techniques used in Java, this book will put would-be programmers on their way to Java mastery
  • Explores what goes into creating a program, how to put the pieces together, dealing with standard programming challenges, debugging, and making it work
  • Updated for the release of the Java SDK 2.0, with all examples revised to reflect the changes in the technology

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From the Back Cover

See why Java is a great place to start programming

Get the scoop on what goes into a program and how to build one that works

This Java won't keep you up nights, because you have this handy book to show you the ropes! It lays the groundwork for the whole programming experience, shows you how to get started with Java, takes you through creating your first programs, helps you solve programming problems, and even lets you in on some great tips.

Discover how to

  • Turn your instructions into code
  • Compile and run a program
  • Understand methods, classes, and objects
  • Use variables, values, and types
  • Work with Java "if" statements

About the Author

Barry Burd has been a professor of computer science and has trained programmers for business and industry. His other books include Java & XML For Dummies and Eclipse For Dummies.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (April 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764588745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764588747
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Barry Burd has an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. As a teaching assistant in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, he was elected five times to the university-wide List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students.

Since 1980, Dr. Burd has been a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. When he's not lecturing at Drew University, Dr. Burd leads training courses for professional programmers in business and industry. He has lectured at conferences in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is the author of several articles and books, including Java For Dummies and Android Application Development All-in-One For Dummies, both published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Dr. Burd lives in Madison, New Jersey with his wife and two kids (both in their twenties, and mostly on their own). As an avid indoor enthusiast, Dr. Burd enjoys sleeping, talking, and eating.

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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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I got this book because of the good reviews, but I promptly returned it and got Head First Java, which is much more comprehensive. I got over the usual "for dummies" annoyances like the constant joking and the constant referrals to other chapters. What I couldn't get over was that this book did not go far enough. I know that it is for beginners, but this book really doesn't teach you very much at all. If it was to be a real beginner's book, maybe the author should have spent more time discussing HOW the code works and much less on the actual Java language. There also should be exercises to do on your own, and there aren't any at all. That would have offered the most value for beginner programmers.

In short, if you just want to read about programming, get this book. If you actually want to do some of it, this book isn't for you.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Prep Material September 5, 2005
This book was a fun read! My review can be summed up by the following five points:

1) Burd makes the subject matter painless with his light and at times anecdotal writing. (good)

2) This book goes extremely slow. But that is *NOT* a bad thing if you are new to java / programming. (good)

3) I got the java text for my 'promgramming in java, 101' course, and those authors put a *LOT* more emphasis on the importance / use of objects. Something Burd doesn't seem to stress enough. (bad)

4) You will not "learn java." Rather, you will learn how to make quick command line programs to accomplish simple tasks. (bad)

5) Excellent starter book. This book gives you look at the good, the bad, and the frustrating! (good)

Obviously, this is a weighted scale (refer to 4-star rating).

Recommended for anybody interested in Java / programming who has not had *any* training in either.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! October 18, 2005
I have been Programming in C++ for quite a while and thought I might give Java a go as many people had recommended it to me.When i got this book, all i could say was, WOW!This book really helped me in getting started with Java. It cleared up ALOT of things that i was confused on. One of the books i had on Java was "Using Java 2 platform, Special Edition" by Joseph L. Weber was a great book, however it did not explain some topics clear enough, But after getting Beginning Programming With Java, it cleared up alot of things for me. To be honest, Most of the "For Dummies" Book's for Programming Arent that clear and are very confusing, However, This book is the only exception. It is great and i recommend it to anyone who wants to get started In Java.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I am a System Administrator and have been programming since 1970 when I first learned Fortran. I have also taught various beginner computer courses. I have never had a need to know Java until recently my wife (who knows nothing at all about programming) had to take a Java class for her college major. I have had good experience with the "Dummies" books in the past (I learned .ASP from a "Dummies" book), so I figured this book would help her with her class, as well as give me something to learn from so I could help her. With that in mind I was very disappointed. My wife was looking for help learning Java, and without taking the time to go through all of the "concept" material, the book was too technical for her to understand.

If you just want to learn the in depth general programming concepts and have lots of time, this book does a good job of that. For actually learning how to write Java, it is far too limited.

-It has no real complete examples to show how to fully implement the items it covers.

-It has no practice exercises.

-I covers only a very small portion of the Java code.

-There is a tear-out reference guide in the fromt that lists commands with a brief description of what they are, but some of them are not even covered in the book, so you have no idea how to use them.

-The Index is not very comprehensive so that combined with the limited commands covered, it does not even make for a good reference book. (I frequently use my other "Dummies" books for reference).

In Summary, if you are getting this to get an overview of how programming works, it is great for that (and would warrant 5-stars). But if you are getting it to learn Java, look elsewhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. November 3, 2006
His humor combined with the descriptions of the code examples make this a great book for the beginner. I learned more from this book than I did from a semester-long class in Java. We won't even go into the price difference between the two. The ONLY drawback to this book is that there are no exercises to practice what you've learned in the preceding chapter.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Beginner Programmer Book May 18, 2006
A few years back I tried to learn Programming by reading several books like the Perl book with a Camel on it's cover. I couldn't get past page 2 and gave up. A similiar thing happenned with C for Dummies, I couldn't get past a particular chapter on loops and gave up. Now, I think my logical aptitude is quite OK, since I have a Master's Degree in Finance.

The thing with Programming books is that most of them are written very badly indeed. I have found more bad books in Programming than say Economics or Finance. Many authors say want their to work for a huge audience, but their communication style makes their books suitable only for other Programmers.

Professor Barry Burd has written this book for the absolute newbie. Somebody with even half a brain can start writing Java Code after reading this book. There isn't a thing which I did not understand in this book. Professor Barry Burd has put me on a very solid launching pad, from where I can learn more Java.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
You cannot go wrong with these books, they are easy to follow and it actually helps to teach you the basics. Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep... I'm a dummy
I love these books. Like others I've read, this got me where I needed to be. I'm not a programmer by trade but rather I write software specifications for our development team. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert S. Webster
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
I needed to learn Java. it did not teach me everything but it gave me a good starting point. I use this book every once in a while.
Published 16 months ago by Jonathan Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book - Great Intro to Java
I'm a complete novice to computer programming but this book has broken down the technical terms for me so that I understand and can begin to program with Java. Read more
Published 23 months ago by PrincessJanny
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Good book with a good line of teaching. Excellent book with goods tips, examples and exercises to the general aderstading. 5*!!!
Published on April 30, 2012 by H. Gaspar
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic - but with errors
I got until page 164 before I had the first error.
Having downloaded the latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK; I have come about several errors where the book's code is too... Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by bjarnebk
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies
The book does what it says it is suppose to do. A little on the chatty side, but easy to use and understand. It is NOT a comprehensive book on Java. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by txguy5199
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
I ordered it for my son for a beginning glance at programming. It looks like a decent starting point and hope to review t more myself.
Published on October 31, 2011 by cadman
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The instructions are very clear on doing the practice runs. I'm only at chapter 9 at the time of this review. Read more
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