Java Programming For Dummies 3rd Ed.

Donald J. Koosis, David Koosis

Publisher: IDG, 1998, 357 pages

ISBN: 0-7645-0388-X

Keywords: Java

Last modified: July 21, 2021, 5:21 p.m.

Everything You Need to Create Java 2 Applets!

If you want to use Java 2 — and not just read about it — this is the book for yoiu. Find out how to add oomph and interactivity to your Web site with some nifty applets, provide a friendly user interfcae to your corporate database, or develop games, Java Programming For Dummies, 3rd Edition, brings you all the practical information and sample code you need to get programming in Java 2 — right away.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to:

  • Master the latest Internet standards in Java 2
  • Write Java 2 code you can use again and again in different applications
  • Produce dynamic Web pages that respond to user input
  • Create sprites, bots, and other applets that can run on all kind of computers — PCs, Macs, and UNIX workstations
  • Transfer mini programs without losing or corrupting data
  • Develop multi-user games you can play across the Internet
  • Introduction
    • Who Are You?
    • About This Book
    • How This Book Is Organized
      • Part I: Hello, Java
      • Part II: Javanese
      • Part III: Caffeinated Pages
      • Part IV: Only Java
      • Part V: The Part of Tens
      • Part VI: Appendixes
    • About the CD-ROM
    • Icons Used in This Book
    • What Now?
  • Part I: Hello, Java
    1. Java and the World Wide Web
      • The Internet: A Reality and an Idea
        • The World Wide Web: Narrowing the Search
        • Intranets: Internal corporate Web sites
      • Java: The Magical Flying Program
        • May I borrow that program?
        • It's portable
        • Multiply by 300 — or 1,500…
        • May this compiler be safe from…
        • Web page intelligence
      • An Open System
      • New and Improved: Java 2
    2. Writing a Simple Program: Yet Another HelloWorld
      • Some News about Java Programs
        • The bad news
        • The good news
        • A typical Java applet
      • HelloWorld with Attitude
      • From the Programmer's Mind to the Computer's Chips
        • Compiling
        • Putting an applet on the page
        • The virtual chip
      • Inside the Computer's Chips
        • Scratch pads
        • Blueprints
      • Write, compile, run, revise, compile, run…
        • Writing the code for your applet
        • Compiling your applet
        • Installing your applet in a Web page
        • Testing your applet
        • If you get error messages
        • Creating HelloWorld: Just do it!
    3. Jumping to Java from HTML
      • HTML: The VAV (Very Abbreviated Version)
        • Text markup
        • Finctional markup
        • Links to other documents and files
      • Images in Your Web Pages
        • Using the <IMG> tag
        • making a graphic link
      • At Last: Including Applets in Your Web Pages
        • Using the <APPLET> tag
        • Passing parameters: A Brief detour back to Java
      • Movies and Talking Pages
      • Talking Back to the Internet
    4. The Object All Sublime: Object-Oriented Programming
      • A Primer on Object-Oriented Programming
      • A Closer Look at a Class and an Object
        • Managing your objects: Define, declare, instantiate
        • Constructors and other methods
      • The Pix Applet Using Inheritance
      • Defining a Rectgl Step-by-Step
      • Class and Method Definitions: Rules of Punctuation and Grammar
      • How to Work Less and Enjoy Programming More
        • Using inheritance to build on your work
        • Planning ahead: Using abstract classes
        • PixLabel
        • And lest we forget it: Circle
        • Putting the applet all together
      • The Cartoon Version of "Hello, World!"
  • Part II: Javanese
    1. Where's the Action?
      • Everything in Its Place
        • FlowLayout
        • BorderLayout
        • Building a screen layout
      • So, What's the Big Event?
        • Monkeying with the mouse
        • Keyboarding input
      • Button, Button
      • The Programmer's Activity Box, Version 1.0
        • Conducting a beta test
        • Try breaking the code
        • A class can listen to itself
      • Handling Events in Java 1.0
    2. Choices, Choices, Choices: if, else, and switch
      • Selection and Why You Need It
        • Listening to the user
        • The if statement: When a simple "yes" will do
        • if…else: When you want a choice
        • The switch statement: When you have many choices
      • More Reasons for Being Selective
        • You don't have to do everything the user tells you
        • Know when you're up against the wall
        • Follow the rules
      • Grammar Lessons
        • The grammar of a simple Java if statement
        • if… or else
        • Boxes within boxes, ifs within ifs
      • A, B, C, D, or None of the Above
        • If and switches together
        • Whose default is it, anyway?
        • You don't have to take a break
      • Logic Chopping (Or Chopping for Logic)
    3. Round and Round: for and while
      • Iteration and Why You Need It
        • I'd like a dozen of those, please
        • How many would you like?
        • You'll know when it's done
      • More Grammar Lessons
        • The grammar of a Java for statement
        • An example of a for loop
        • The road from parameter "repetitions" to int r
        • a nesting ground of fors
        • Counting by twos
      • The Grammar of while
        • Decoding a label
        • Give me a call
        • Keeping score
        • Locating the nearest exit
    4. Anatomy of a Class
      • Classes with Class
      • No Trespassing
      • Variables
        • Instance variables
        • Class variables
        • Telling the world about variables
      • Object Under Construction
      • How Do You Do That?
        • More than one way to circle the globe
        • So's your old man: Laws of heredity
      • Managing a Large Family
        • Abstract classes and interfaces
        • Packaging
        • Codebase
        • A JAR full of classes
    5. Recycle This Code
      • Getting Started
        • Looking it up
        • Setup
        • Response
      • An Activity Box for More Mature Programmers
        • Button
        • Checkbox
        • The checkbox group, AKAZ radio buttons
        • You have a choice
        • You have more than one choice
        • Put it in writing
      • Go to the Library More Often
        • Look out for the window
        • More layouts
      • A Little Code for Dessert
        • If you don't want to grow your own, buy some JavaBeans
        • Why should VB programmers have all the fun?
    6. Finding Your Type
      • About Data Types
      • Categorizing Your Numbers
        • Describing whole numbers
        • Describing fractional numbers
        • What you can do with numbers
        • Numbers on an object wrapper
      • Using Special Mathematical Functions
      • Categorizing Your Letters
        • Describing characters
        • Working with strings in Java
        • The String Methods
          • Editing methods
          • Comparison methods
          • Analyzing methods
      • Other Data Types
  • Part III: Caffeinated Pages
  1. A Calendar Class
    • Can We Meet Next Friday?
    • Strategy
      • Choosing your ancestors wisely
      • Don't write code if you don't have to
      • Making yourself (or your applet) at home on a page
    • Code Me Some Code
      • Listening to the Web page
      • Painting a pretty face
      • Handling current events
      • Do you have a calendar?
    • The Complete and Unexpurgated Code
      • Calendar applet
      • MonthCanvas Class
    • Finishing Touches
      • Controlling the color
      • Commenting about comments
  2. A Ticker Tape Class
    • I/O, I/O, into Streams We Go
    • Fetching a File from the Server
      • Examining the parts
      • Opening the input text file
    • Handling Exceptional Occurrences
    • Running Your Tasks by a Thread
    • The Complete and Unexpurgated Code
  3. Sprites Faster Than a Speeding Rabbit
    • The Strategy for Displaying Moving Graphics
      • Avoiding screen flicker
      • Displaying graphics files
      • Bouncing the Image around
    • The Complete and Unexpurgated Code
    • If You Want to Do It Yourself
  4. JavaBots: Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!
    • The Wild Rumpus
    • The Man behind the Screen
      • Up and running JavaBots
      • Give that programmer arrays!
      • Vectors
      • Random behavior generating a color
    • The Complete and Unexpurgated Code
  5. An Applet for Teacher
    • Learning from a Reference Document
    • The Secrets of Successful Quizzing
      • I've been framed
      • Teach me how to read
      • What's the score?
    • In Plain Javanese
    • And the Answers
  6. Shopping Up a Storm
    • Designing a Shopping Cart
    • Specials of the Day
      • I've got a little list
      • And I'm sending it to you
      • There's more than  one way to frame an applet
      • When I say "jump"
      • The price is right
    • A Shopping Cart Full of Code
  7. Fun with Fractals
    • Give a Friend a Fractal
    • An Explanation of Animation
      • Comparing Java animation to GIF
      • Using Java animation intelligently
    • The Code
      • Using numRows, numCols, and numColors
      • The inner adapter class
      • Using initColors
      • Setting up the interface
      • Listening for buttons
      • Julia and Mandelbrot
      • Using run()
  • Part IV: Only Java
  1. Java Stands Alone
    • Java without a Browser
      • The main difference in standing alone
      • Some code to play with
    • Printing: At last
    • Why Write in Java When I Could Learn C++?
      • Java is easy to understand
      • Java helps to bug proof and virus proof
      • Java supports new standards
    • Why Write in C++ When I Know Java?
  • Part V: The Part of Tens
  1. Ten Common Mistakes
    • Missing () {}
    • Lost or Forgotten Imports
    • Spellng Rong
    • Incorrect Signatures
    • A Method That Gives Nothing in Return
    • The Wrong Kind of Equality
    • Tight Loops
    • Going Public
    • Trusting Yourself Too Much
  2. Ten Hot Pages to Peek At
    • Blue Skies for Java
    • Home Ideas Applet Area
    • SmartMoney
    • HotWired
    • Interactive Physics and Math
    • Fred
    • Eliza
    • Playsite
    • Coastiekids games
    • Java Lobby
  3. Ten Web Sites for Java Lore
    • JavaSoft
    • Big Blue
    • Gamelan
    • Java World
    • Java Report
    • Java Applet Rating Service
    • Java Newsgroup
    • Java Woman
    • Java User Groups
    • Java Programming For Dummies Resource Page
  4. Ten Tenets of Style
    • Logically Group the Elements of Your Code
    • Use Indentation and Alignment to Chunk Code
    • Use White Space and Blank Lines to Group Code
    • Use Short Comments to Clarify the Code
    • Write Comments for Javadoc
    • Give Methods and Variables Meaningful Names
    • Capitalize Constants
    • Use Capitalization to Add Meaning to Names
    • Commit No Violence over Matters of Style
    • Write Code Like a Novel
  5. Ten Facts about the Other Java
    • Java Is a Large Island
    • Jakarta Is a City
    • Wayang Kulit Are Shadow Puppets
    • Gamelan Is an Orchestra
    • The Dalang Is the puppet Master
    • Garuda Is a God
    • The Kris Is a Weapon
    • Batik Is an Art Form
    • Java Is a Land of Volcanoes
    • Yes, They Write Java in Java
  • Part VI: Appendixes


Java Programming for Dummies

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Mediocre **** (4 out of 10)

Last modified: Nov. 15, 2008, 11:06 a.m.

There exists better Java books, even introductionary ones.


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