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A clear and student-friendly way to teach the fundamentals of Java

Starting Out with Java: Early Objects, 6th Edition features Tony Gaddis’s accessible, step-by-step presentation which helps beginning students understand the important details necessary to become skilled programmers at an introductory level. Gaddis motivates the study of both programming skills and the Java programming language by presenting all the details needed to understand the “how” and the “why”–but never losing sight of the fact that most beginners struggle with this material. His approach is gradual and highly accessible, ensuring that students understand the logic behind developing high-quality programs.


In Starting Out with Java: Early Objects, Gaddis looks at objects–the fundamentals of classes and methods–before

covering procedural programming. As with all Gaddis texts, clear and easy-to-read code listings, concise and practical real world examples, and an abundance of exercises appear in every chapter. Updates to the 6th Edition include revised, improved problems throughout and three new chapters on JavaFX.

Also Available with MyLab Programming.

MyLabProgramming is an online learning system designed to engage students and improve results. MyLab Programming consists of programming exercises correlated to the concepts and objectives in this book. Through practice exercises and immediate, personalized feedback, MyLab  Programming improves the programming competence of beginning students who often struggle with the basic concepts of programming languages. 

Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyLabProgramming does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyLabProgramming, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.


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Table of contents

1.  Introduction to Computers and Java

2. Java Fundamentals 

3. A First Look at Classes and Objects 

4. Decision Structures 

5. Loops and Files

6. A Second Look at Classes and Objects 

7. Arrays and the ArrayList Class 

8. Text Processing and Wrapper Classes

9. Inheritance 

10. Exceptions and Advanced File I/O 

11. JavaFX: GUI Programming and Basic Controls 

12. JavaFX: Advanced Controls 

13. JavaFX: Graphics, Effects, and Media 

14. Recursion 

15. Databases 

Appendix A The ASCII/Unicode Characters 

Appendix B Operator Precedence and Associativity 



Appendixes C–M Available on the book’s online resource page

Case Studies 1–4 Available on the book’s online resource page


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Appendix C Java Key Words 
Appendix D Installing the JDK and Using the JDK Documentation 
Appendix E Using the javadoc Utility 
Appendix F More about the Math Class 
Appendix G Packages 
Appendix H Working with Records and Random-Access Files 
Appendix I Configuring Java DB 
Appendix J The QuickSort Algorithm 
Appendix K N amed Colors 
Appendix L Answers to Checkpoints Questions 
Appendix M Answers to Odd-Numbered Review Questions 
Case Study 1 The Amortization Class 
Case Study 2 The PinTester Class 
Case Study 3 Parallel Arrays 
Case Study 4 The SerialNumber Class

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