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Herbert Schildt
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August 16, 2011 0071606327 978-0071606325 5

Essential Skills--Made Easy!

Learn the fundamentals of Java programming in no time from bestselling programming author Herb Schildt. Fully updated to cover Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 (Java SE 7), Java: A Beginner's Guide, Fifth Edition starts with the basics, such as how to compile and run a Java program, and then discusses the keywords, syntax, and constructs that form the core of the Java language. You'll also find coverage of some of Java's most advanced features, including multithreaded programming and generics. An introduction to Swing concludes the book. Get started programming in Java right away with help from this fast-paced tutorial.

Designed for Easy Learning:

  • Key Skills & Concepts--Chapter-opening lists of specific skills covered in the chapter
  • Ask the Expert--Q&A sections filled with bonus information and helpful tips
  • Try This--Hands-on exercises that show you how to apply your skills
  • Self Tests--End-of-chapter questions that test your understanding
  • Annotated Syntax--Example code with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated

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About the Author

Herb Schildt is the world’s leading programming author, whose books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide. His acclaimed books include Java: The Complete Reference, C++: The Complete Reference and C#: The Complete Reference.

Product Details

  • Series: Beginner's Guide
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 5 edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071606327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071606325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start with Java!!! September 27, 2011
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Let's first set the context of my normal skillset. I am a .NET Software Architect and Developer. I have been 100% in the .NET world since 2001 (with a very little sprinkling of VB6). I recently decided to expand my skillset into the Java and iOS world. This is the first book on my long journey into the world of Java.

I think this book is great for the person who is new to Java and new to programming.

Although the book does not use an IDE to create, compile, and run the programs, that does not take away from the book's learning quality.

I used both the SDK command lines and the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition to compile and run the programs.

The book covers the core language in-depth, has a short chapter on Swing, briefly introduces applets, but does not touch on Servlets.

The book covers Data Types and Operators, Control Statements, Classes, Objects, Methods, Packages, Interfaces, Exception Handling, Inheritance, I/O, Multithreading, Enumerations, Autoboxing, Static Import, Annotations, Generics, Applets, Events, introduces Swing, and using Java's Documentation Comments.

All the code is available for download and is very well organize and usable. It is separated by chapter.

The one thing I don't like is that almost this entire book is included with Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition which I started to peruse about half way through this one. Buying both was a waste of money. If you simply want to learn the syntax, buy this book, but if you plan on buying Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition, don't waste your money on this one. Just get Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition.

The only advantage the Java, A Beginner's Guide, 5th Edition book offers is that it is more of a tutorial oriented book.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thorough, clear, readable beginners guide September 8, 2011
"Java A Beginner's Guide" takes you through the language of no Java knowledge to what you need to know to start learning about libraries. It covers the core language and can be used to learn Java 5, 6 or 7. The book assumes you are new to the C++ family so parts are slow going if you already know those parts. The author does point out what is different from C++ for those with that background.

I liked the mix of text, explained code and "try this" exercises. Each chapter ends with a self test to test your knowledge. The author does a good job not dumbing things down for the reader while making it easy to follow. It even covers recursion.

The author usually explains when he does something differently than one would in the real world. There were a few cases where he didn't - not using "com... in a package name", using get_pwr as a naming convention and using StringBuffer over StringBuilder (in this case the text was probably old.)

Overall, I liked this book better than the Deitel book for a programmer new to Java.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the title says, this is a beginner's Guide June 4, 2012
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This book is aimed at someone with little or no knowledge of JAVA or programming. My complaints are not with the content, and I agree with the majority of other reviews here.

My complaints are with the formatting in the Kindle version. had I known the code examples in this book are image files and not text, I would have passed. You can't highlight and copy code examples into your IDE to examine, and if you zoom in on the text the images don't scale. You end up with monster paragraphs separeated by ant scrawl code examples. It's informative and has lots of "Ah Ha" moments, but in the end, I feel a bit robbed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend the book... March 27, 2013
By mark
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I have programming training from years ago and beginning to take it up again and decided to start with Java. I thought this book is very well written and easy to read. I like how the author puts comments in the sample code to make it easier to follow. I have seen some books leave out the comments within the code and only explain it in the following paragraph, which is a style I dont prefer. I believe it is an excellent beginners guide that will help you comprehend the basics and allow you to move on to more advanced books
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book May 18, 2012
By Ray
I wish I had this book few years back; now I know what I missed. A must have for a Java beginner.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better September 14, 2012
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My only complaint is that in the examples they mix reserved words with variables that could have any name. Fore example, if someone is trying to understand the nuances of the code, why not use different variable names to clearly articulate which are connected and which aren't? When you use the same term across multiple methods trying to show how they are linked, it makes it much less clear if the terms are the same which variables are acting on which.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fantastic March 28, 2013
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I am so impressed by this books explanations and ability to teach you the basics of Java, I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn the core basics of Java and start down the path of becoming a master java programmer.

Pros - Easy to understand, Doesn't take long to read, Great start for java programmers.

Cons - None
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From an absolute beginner: February 17, 2013
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I purchased this book to learn how to code. I chose java because of its popularity. This book starts from the 0 mark and builds from there.

Pros. EASY to follow examples.
Cons. Teaches only command line instruction.

Opinion. I started with no experience at all. I have finished the book. Im not an expert by any means, but i know how to make programs that that help my in my day to day life. best of all, it demystified the whole process. Highly recommend for beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had some background in programming but only one class in c++
I really wanted to try and learn Java. I first tried to use online tutorials such as youtube and what not, but I found their tutorials to not go in depth and they were jumpy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Student at OSU
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides opptunities to read and to apply
This is really a good book for a beginner in Java. I am a young professional who has had development experiences since high school starting with visual basic, and through undergrad... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice for Beginning JAVA
This is an excellent book for anyone studying JAVA, especially beginners who want an all encompassing view of the JAVA Standard Edition (SE). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Agrippa's Epiphany
3.0 out of 5 stars I wish it gave more help with I/O.
This book is probably a great reference for everything but I/O (input, output). It goes into way too much detail on obscure features that I would never want to use, but puts off... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Penny S. Dickerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Accu dot org doesn't recommend this author -- if you read their reviews, one reviewer might actually hate him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert W. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book For JAVA 7.
Download Java 7 and already digging into the book. My first use of JAVA and funny it kind of reminds me VB 6! Funny stuff.
Published 4 months ago by Clarence T Dunham
4.0 out of 5 stars line the author
Good first level entry for java. Find syntax is like c# and it will help you, if you have experience in c#.
Published 4 months ago by Rene Munch
2.0 out of 5 stars Not liking the Kindle edition! Code snippets can't be highlighted.
Herbert Schildt's C and C++ books are classics. I bought this one based upon past experience with his books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justin T
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best beginner book!
Would recommend HeadFirst series over this, as authors are both more knowledgable and formatting is more fun. Seriously, MUCH BETTER BOOKS!
Published 4 months ago by Clayton Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers Java at just the level that I needed
My software development has been dormant since I wrote C and Fortran code 15 to 20 years ago. To come back up to speed, I needed a systematic review of java and this book did it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fred Seymour
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