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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)

String functionality

Working with strings in Java can be a little confusing at first because they really are a special case. Strings have associated with them this concept of a string literal, that is, a sequence of characters between double quotation marks. We can just put it right into our Java programs and Java will understand it, just like it would understand an integer number or a single character.

Unlike integers, characters, and floats, Java doesn't have a primitive keyword associated with this string literal. About the closest we could get if we wanted to is a character array; however, generally, Java likes us to associate string literals with the String class. To understand the String class better, look at the following program:

package strings; 
public class Strings { 
    public static void main(String[] args) { 
        String s1 = new String