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Beginning Java 7 by Jeff Friesen

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C H A P T E R  1

Getting Started with Java

Welcome to Java. This chapter launches you on a tour of this technology by focusing on fundamentals. First, you receive an answer to the “What is Java?” question. If you have not previously encountered Java, the answer might surprise you. Next, you are introduced to some basic tools that will help you start developing Java programs, and to the NetBeans integrated development environment, which simplifies the development of these programs. Finally, you explore fundamental language features.

What Is Java?

Java is a language for describing programs, and Java is a platform on which to run programs written in Java and other languages (e.g., Groovy, Jython, and JRuby). This section introduces you to Java ...

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