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Java Programming for Beginners

By : Mark Lassoff
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Java Programming for Beginners

By: Mark Lassoff

Overview of this book

Java is an object-oriented programming language, and is one of the most widely accepted languages because of its design and programming features, particularly in its promise that you can write a program once and run it anywhere. Java Programming for Beginners is an excellent introduction to the world of Java programming, taking you through the basics of Java syntax and the complexities of object-oriented programming. You'll gain a full understanding of Java SE programming and will be able to write Java programs with graphical user interfaces that run on PC, Mac, or Linux machines. This book is full of informative and entertaining content, challenging exercises, and dozens of code examples you can run and learn from. By reading this book, you’ll move from understanding the data types in Java, through loops and conditionals, and on to functions, classes, and file handling. The book finishes with a look at GUI development and training on how to work with XML. The book takes an efficient route through the Java landscape, covering all of the core topics that a Java developer needs. Whether you’re an absolute beginner to programming, or a seasoned programmer approaching an object-oriented language for the first time, Java Programming for Beginners delivers the focused training you need to become a Java developer.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Creating classes and objects

In this section, you'll take the first real steps of learning object-oriented programming in Java. So I guess the first question to ask is, "What is object-oriented programming?" Well, at a high level, object-oriented programming is the creation of objects, discrete code, and logic entities that are unique and separate from each other but can have complicated relationships.

When we write object-oriented code, we begin to deal with and think about the code as though it were a collection of physical pieces or objects. Java is by its very nature an object-oriented language. So, if you've been learning Java, at the very least, you've been using objects without realizing it.

To see the power of object-oriented programming, take a look at the following program (

package gettingobjectoriented;