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ISBN-13: 978-0470371732 ISBN-10: 0470371730 Edition: 5th
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Jumpin' Java! The bestselling Java beginner's book is now fully updated for Java 7!

Java, the object-oriented programming language that works on almost any computer, is what powers many of those cool multimedia applications. Thousands have learned Java programming from previous editions of this book — now it's your turn! Whether you're new to programming or already know a little Visual Basic or C++, you'll be doing Java in a jiffy.

  • The Java scoop — get an overview of Java, the enhancements in Java 7, and the software tools you need

  • Building blocks — learn to work with Java classes and methods and add comments

  • Get loopy — understand the value of variables and learn to control program flow with loops or decision-making statements

  • Class it up — explore classes and objects, constructors, and subclasses, and see how to reuse your code

  • A click ahead — experiment with variables and methods, use arrays and collections to juggle values, and create programs that respond to mouse clicks

Open the book and find:

  • Definitions of the many terms you'll encounter

  • The grammar of Java

  • How to save time by reusing code

  • All about if, for, switch, and while statements

  • An overview of object-oriented programming

  • Hints about handling exceptions

  • How to write Java applets

  • Ten ways to avoid mistakes

Visit the companion website at www.dummies.com/go/javafordummies5e for lots of code samples that you can use in your Java programs

Learn to:

  • Combine several smaller programs to create a bigger program

  • Work with new libraries, closure, parallel frameworks, and other new features

  • Create basic Java objects and reuse code

  • Handle exceptions and events

About the Author

Barry Burd, PhD, is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Drew University. He frequently contributes to various online technology resources, including JavaBoutique.com, and is the author of Ruby On Rails For Dummies and the previous edition of this book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 5th edition (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470371730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470371732
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patricia C. Glaab on November 6, 2012
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This book seemed to be more of a Java for C Programmers, rather than a Java for Dummies. I guess that's OK, but my son was really hoping for a book that started from square one. So if you're a good programmer in another language, this book will shepherd you through Java differences pretty well. If you only know a language like HTML and want to be able to program applications in Java, not so good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KarenM on February 29, 2012
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This book was very helpful. I was hired as a Java Software Development trainee. The book provided by the company was ok but tended to be long winded. The on line support for Java For Dummies was easier to understand. The price was very good. I recommend to anyone seeking Java stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ernesto on September 24, 2013
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I like how they explain the concepts, but the author ofter just puts bunches of code that you don't understand and explains it later. This is very annoying because You have to keep going back and forth to know what the author is explaining. It'd be better if he explained and then gave you examples
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lifelong Learner on April 28, 2012
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As someone who programmed in BASIC FORTRAN Pascal HPL and infequently COBOL back in the eighties this has been a good book for reintroduction. Once I start actual programming I can turn to the dozens of resources out there. This book does what none of them do...get you through all those `what the **** are they talking about` moments that keep experienced programmers from getting back in the game and doing what the young guys cant.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on October 1, 2011
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This book is great for beginners to launch into a Java career and an excellent point of reference for the advanced Java software developer as well. Barry Burd presents a wide range of examples and analogies to help the reader grasp Java from any angle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amity on January 23, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my nephew and he later went on to win his school's science project that used Java to create a computer program that mapped the continental drifts in centimeters...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TitanCrafter on April 4, 2013
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i am a 9th grader (15 yr old) and ive been wanting to program since i first got minecraft. at first i wanted to make mods for minecraft but later i started a server called titancraft. i always wanted to make my own bukkit plugins for my server but never got the confidence to learn java.
at first i searched google for java tutorials but they are wa too complicated. it just shows u the code and tell you to copy it and only explain half of wat the code is. in this book there are alot of real life examples and explained very simple to understand. i went to thenewboston.org videos to learn java but its the same only tells and explains a little on the code. other books i searched compared to this one is that those books are going too fast and doesnt explain to the details and history and examples.
this book really helped me and encouraed me to become a minecrat plugin developer. not only that i learned to code but i also understand it completely. and this is coming from a taiwanese. english is not my firs language but i can undersand completely on this book.
i became a java developer from a guy with no knowldge of programming. this book really hellped me start on java now i have moved onto more advanced. thanks alot really recommend this!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J Houston on November 8, 2011
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This is a great book if you are just learning to program in JAVA. It is very easy to read and understand.
It has help me a lot with my venture in learning to program in JAVA.
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