Java Programming: A Comprehensive Introduction is designed for an introductory programming course using Java. This text takes a logical approach to the presentation of core topics, moving step-by-step from the basics to more advanced material, with objects being introduced at the appropriate time. The book is divided into three parts:
Part One covers the elements of the Java language and the fundamentals of programming. An introduction to object-oriented design is also included.
Part Two introduces GUI (Graphical User Interface) programming using Swing.
Part Three explores key aspects of Java's API (Application Programming Interface) library, including the Collections Framework and the concurrency API.
Herb Schildt has written many successful programming books in Java, C++, C, and C#. His books have sold more than three million copies. Dale Skrien is a professor at Colby College with degrees from the University of Illinois-Champaign, the University of Washington, and St. Olaf College. He's also authored two books and is very active in SIGCSE.
Ask the Expert: At various points throughout the book are Ask the Expert boxes. These contain additional or interesting commentary about a topic, and use a Question/Answer format. They provide supplemental information without disrupting the main presentation flow.
Try This Elements: Each chapter contains one or more Try This element. These are step-by-step examples that walk through the development of a program that demonstrates an aspect of Java related to the chapter's topic. Typically, these are longer examples that show a feature in a more practical setting.
Progess Checks: Throughout each chapter, Progress Checks are presented to test the student's understanding of the preceding section. The answers to these questions are at the bottom of the same page.
Key Skills & Concepts: Each chapter begins with a list that identifies the key skills and concepts presented in the chapter.
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A Straight Ahead Approach: Topics are introduced in a cohesive sequence that is intended to keep the focus of each discussion on the topic at hand. The goal of this approach is to present the Java language in a way that clearly shows the interrelationships of its parts.