- Series: For Dummies (Computers)
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 9, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764526464
- ISBN-13: 978-0764526466
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 180 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,997,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) 1st Edition
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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, youll 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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Top customer reviews
I think some background info would be helpful to go along with my review.
I am currently 32 years old and learning to program is something that has always haunted/intimidated me. I graduated high school and was determined to become a programmer. I hit a stumbling block early on in the coursework and I "fell off the horse" so to speak. I didn't do a great job of seeking out resources at the community college I was at--people who could give me some encouragement and guidance...hell, they may not have even been there. Point is, I ended up studying IT instead, things turned out relatively fine. I've never been able to shake the feeling that I should try it again, maybe I didn't give myself enough credit back then. I am not saying that I think this book is going to turn me into a programming genius, but it has made me feel like maybe, just maybe I can reach back to my 19-year-old self and give it another go.
I am attending college online and majoring in CS/IT. The textbook that accompanies the course in Java programming that I am taking is virtually worthless, so confusing and very obtuse. It is an "introductory" textbook, but it is written as if the reader should already have a good grasp of computer programming and Object Oriented Programming. It jumps around too much and doesn't develop a graduated base of knowledge for the student to draw from. (A polite note to all of you learned indivduals who have a Master's or Doctorate degree... I salute your hard work for earning an advanced degree!...But just because you may know everything there is to know about a subject, DOESN'T MAKE YOU A TEACHER! If you can't convey what you know to your students in a manner that is simply understandable, instructive and enjoyable to the students, then please, please, go work in industry and get out of academia! God forbid that you ever try to make education a career or worse, write a textbook!)
Sorry about my rant, I feel better now. Buy Dr. Burd's books on programming if you want to learn how!
This book does a decent job of describing Java syntax and how to use it. But it is written as if Java were a structured programming language and doesn't address the ideas of classes until late in the book. I am using this book to teach my daughter Java and supplemented with a lot of OO concepts to give her a framework for understanding what she was doing.
I also supplemented this with my own exercises as the exercises in the book were only fair.