A Guide to Programming in Java, Third Edition

A Guide to Programming in Java, Third Edition, emphasizes the development of good problem-solving and programming skills in a clear, easy-to-understand format. The textbook is written for a variety of Java compilers. It is also written for different student learning styles and effectively uses screen shots of source code, generated output, and finished projects to strengthen understanding.

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Minimum System Requirements

Windows®

  • Hardware: Pentium 1GHz or faster processor with 512MB of RAM
  • Recommended: Pentium 4-2GHz or faster processor with 1GB of RAM
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Additional Software:
    • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
    • Java ™ SE 7
    • Integrated Development Environment (IDE), such as JCreator
    • Windows Media Player
    • Microsoft® PowerPoint® or Microsoft® PowerPoint® Viewer (www.microsoft.com). The PowerPoint files are fully functional in the Viewer, but you will need a full version of PowerPoint to edit them.

OS X 10.x®

  • Hardware: PowerPC or Intel 2GHz or faster processor with 512MB of RAM
  • Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz or faster processor with 1GB of RAM
  • Operating Systems: OS X 10.5 Leopard®, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard® or higher.
  • Additional Software:
    • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
    • Java ™ SE 7
    • Integrated Development Environment (IDE), such as NetBeans
    • Apple® QuickTime®
    • Microsoft® PowerPoint® or Microsoft® PowerPoint® Viewer www.microsoft.com). The PowerPoint® files are fully functional in the Viewer, but you will need a full version of PowerPoint® to edit them.

Installing Java

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Downloading Java will install both JDK (Java Development Kit)  and JRE (Java Run-Time Environment).

Installing an Integrated Development Environment

In order to develop Java applications, you will need to install an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), such as JCreator or NetBeans. An IDE provides a workspace that allows for editing, compiling, and running of source code.

JCreator can be downloaded here: Click Here

NetBeans can be downloaded here: Click Here

Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded here: Click Here

Do I have to use the JCreator or NetBeans IDEs with this book?

No, there are multiple ways that you can run the java programs that you will be creating. JCreator and NetBeans are the IDEs that are mentioned in the book, however you can use any IDE that is compatible with Java, such as Eclipse or you can use your command prompt to compile and run Java programs.

Where can I find the Student Data Files?

The student data files can be found at our IRC. The link to our IRC is provided here: Click Here

You can choose to download the required files either by selecting the specific chapter, or by downloading all of the files through the Data File folder.