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4.0 out of 5 starsWhether you are a novice programmer, or have experience with another language, this book has something for you.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 November 2017
It is becoming easier and easier to create good looking websites; most ISPs have built-in tools that will allow most users to build a usable site. However, because these tools are “one size fits all”, customising these sites is not so easy. HTML5 and CSS have made it possible to create very attractive, highly interactive websites but, although powerful, there are limits to what can be achieved. To make your site interact, as you want it to, requires the creation of custom code. You can, of course, employ a highly paid programmer to do it for you but, if funds are limited, and you enjoy a challenge, you can do it for yourself, for the price of a book, and a serious investment in time and effort. Learning a programming language is not a simple task and not for the faint hearted, but success can be highly rewarding. You will need to decide which programming language you will use. Java is used in three billion websites worldwide, so it is probably a good choice and “Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies” is probably a good way to get started. There are other advantages too. Java is free and, because it is so pervasive, there are dozens programmers quite willing to share their code freely to be downloaded and modified to suite your personal application. This book is well structured, in five basic parts; getting started; writing your own Java programmes; controlling the flow; using programming units and the part of ten. Each of these sections is broken down into subsections that guide the reader gently through the process installing the software and development tools necessary for creating, testing and running programmes. Whether you are a novice programmer, or have experience with another language, this book has something for you. If I have a criticism, it’s that the typeface used for the code is very light, making it difficult to read when switching from book to computer screen if, like me, you are not a competent touch typist.
4.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Entry Level Java Coding
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2019
Having only basic experience with Java, this book allowed me to re-familiarise myself with the early concepts of Java scripts, its uniqueness and all its quirks. The books is very good as it outlines the books Java concepts early enough for you to get on board and integrate the style of coding into any related programes you are currently on the go with. The book describes the use of variables very well and the relative codings statements including the use of "if" and "and" explained well. Part 3 is where the book really comes into its own though. "Controlling the flow", really brings together the early concepts before projecting you into the final 2 parts which leads into the more advanced coding really nicely. Recommeded.