The Fundamentals of Programming

This chapter introduces beginners to programming and its applications. Using a variety of examples, it explains data types, variables, functions (methods), conditionals, and more. It serves as a foundation for Chapter 2, in which readers begin to write real Java code.

Source Code

All of the code listings in Chapter 1 are short example snippets that will not compile and run on an actual machine. No source code is available for this chapter. There is a minor error in one of the examples that is shown here.

Additional Information

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