Guide to Java

A Concise Introduction to Programming

  • James T. Streib
  • Takako Soma

Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 1-38
  3. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 39-67
  4. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 69-106
  5. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 107-141
  6. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 143-184
  7. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 185-202
  8. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 203-243
  9. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 245-266
  10. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 267-291
  11. James T. Streib, Takako Soma
    Pages 293-310
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 311-358

About this book


Seeking to learn quickly how to program in Java without prior experience? This Guide to Java presents a focused and accessible primer on the fundamentals of Java programming, with extensive use of illustrative examples and hands-on exercises.

Addressing the need to acquire a good working model of objects in order to avoid possible misconceptions, the text introduces the core concepts of object-oriented programming at an early stage, supported by the use of contour diagrams. Each chapter has one or more complete programs to illustrate the various ideas presented, and to help readers learn how to write programs on their own. Chapter summaries and practical exercises are also included to help the reader to review their progress and practice their skills.

Topics and features:

  • Provides an introduction to variables, input/output, and arithmetic operations
  • Describes objects and contour diagrams, explains selection structures, and demonstrates how iteration structures work
  • Discusses object-oriented concepts such as overloading and classes methods, and introduces string variables and processing
  • Illustrates arrays and array processing, and examines recursion
  • Explores inheritance and polymorphism, and investigates elementary files
  • Presents a primer on graphical input/output, discusses elementary exception processing, and presents the basics of Javadoc
  • Includes exercises at the end of each chapter, with selected answers in an appendix, and a glossary of key terms
  • Provides additional supplementary information at an associated website

This concise and easy-to-follow textbook/guide is ideal for students in an introductory programming course. It is also suitable as a self-study guide for both practitioners and academics.


Contour Diagrams Java Object Oriented Programming

Authors and affiliations

  • James T. Streib
    • 1
  • Takako Soma
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceIllinois CollegeJacksonvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceIllinois CollegeJacksonvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-6316-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-6317-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-7310
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1781
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