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Introduction to Programming

By : Nick Samoylov
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Introduction to Programming

By: Nick Samoylov

Overview of this book

Have you ever thought about making your computer do what you want it to do? Do you want to learn to program, but just don't know where to start? Instead of guiding you in the right direction, have other learning resources got you confused with over-explanations? Don't worry. Look no further. Introduction to Programming is here to help. Written by an industry expert who understands the challenges faced by those from a non-programming background, this book takes a gentle, hand-holding approach to introducing you to the world of programming. Beginning with an introduction to what programming is, you'll go on to learn about languages, their syntax, and development environments. With plenty of examples for you to code alongside reading, the book's practical approach will help you to grasp everything it has to offer. More importantly, you'll understand several aspects of application development. As a result, you'll have your very own application running by the end of the book. To help you comprehensively understand Java programming, there are exercises at the end of each chapter to keep things interesting and encourage you to add your own personal touch to the code and, ultimately, your application.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)

Branching statements

You have already seen the branching statements break and return in our examples. We will define and discuss them and the third member of the group—the branching statement continue —in this section.

Break and labeled break

As you have probably noticed, the break statement is essential for the selection statements to be able to work (see the section for more information). If included in the execution block of an iteration statement, it causes the for or while statement to terminate immediately.

It is widely used in iteration statements while searching for a particular element in an array or collection. To demonstrate how it works, let's assume, for example...