Book Description

From the Back Cover Learn Java programming the easy way and make your computer do your bidding If you want to start writing computer programs, you've come to the right book. Here's a straightforward approach to learning Java, the object-oriented programming language that works on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Even if you've never written a line of code, this friendly guide will have you ordering your computer about in no time! Start here ? if you're a complete novice, discover what programming is all about and prepare your computer for writing and testing programs Building blocks ? learn the elements of a Java program, how to represent data, and how to get new values from existing ones Go with the flow ? take your programs to the next level and deal with larger amounts of information One bite at a time ? see how to solve more complex programming problems by using program units and ready-made code Go graphical ? discover how to program windows, buttons, and other graphical items Visit the companion website at to find all the code samples used in this book, updated for Java 7. Open the book and find: Why Java is such a cool language When to use variables, values, and types What you need to know about keywords, identifiers, and literals How to create loops within loops Why you need Eclipse How to flick a virtual switch Tips on using Boolean variables What you can do with arrays Read 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 universitywide 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 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Read more