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Java SE 8 for Programmers, 3/e

The professional programmer’s Deitel® guide to Java™ SE 7 and SE 8 development with the powerful Java™ platform 

Written for programmers with a background in high-level language programming, this book applies the Deitel signature live-code approach to teaching programming and explores the Java™ language and Java™ APIs in depth. The book presents concepts in the context of fully tested programs, complete with syntax shading, code highlighting, line-by-line code walkthroughs and program outputs. The book features hundreds of complete Java™ programs with thousands of lines of proven Java™ code, and hundreds of tips that will help you build robust applications. 

Start with an introduction to Java™ using an early classes and objects approach, then rapidly move on to more advanced topics, including GUI, graphics, exception handling, lambdas, streams, functional interfaces, object serialization, concurrency, generics, generic collections, JDBC™ and more. You’ll enjoy the Deitels’ classic treatment of object-oriented programming and the object-oriented design ATM case study, including a complete Java™ implementation. When you’re finished, you’ll have everything you need to build industrial-strength object-oriented Java™ SE 7 and SE 8 applications. 

Practical, Example-Rich Coverage of: 

  • JavaSE 7 and SE 8 
  • Lambdas, Streams, Functional Interfaces with Default and Static Methods 
  • Classes, Objects, Encapsulation, Inheritance, Polymorphism, Interfaces 
  • Swing and JavaFX GUIs; Graphics 
  • Integrated Exception Handling 
  • Files, Streams, Object Serialization 
  • Multithreading and Concurrency for Optimal Multi-Core Performance 
  • Generics and Generic Collections 
  • Database (JDBC, SQL and JavaDB) 
  • Using the Debugger and the API Docs 
  • Industrial-Strength, Object-Oriented Design ATM Case Study and more. 


This book is a subset of Java How to Program, 10/e. Key differences include: 

  • The print version of this book is in black and white (e-book versions are in color)
  • The chapters in this book do not have summaries and exercises
  • Several chapters have been removed—see the table of contents for each book before making a purchase decision (Java How to Program TOC, Java for Programmers TOC
  • The early chapters have been condensed to remove the non-programmer pedagogy.

We do not assume that this book's readers are object-oriented programmers. We still present the basics of Java and teach OO programming. If you're an experienced OO developer, you can skim through the early chapters relatively quickly, but you should still read them to pick up the differences between Java and other programming languages. Please see this page for other general differences between our "How to Program" and "for Programmers" books.


“This book is amazing if you want to learn how to program in Java SE 8.” Jorge Vargas, Yumbling and a Java Champion 

“Excellent introduction to functional programming with lambdas and streams.”Manfred Riem, Java Champion 

“A great overview on how concurrency can help developers; it’s very readable and focuses on leveraging multi-core processors.”Johan Vos, LodgON and Java Champion 

“Gives programmers the benefit of the wisdom derived from many years of software development experience.” Edward F. Gehringer, North Carolina State University 

‘‘You’ll be well on your way to becoming a great Java programmer with this book.’’ Peter Pilgrim, Java Champion, Consultant 

‘‘Comprehensive introduction to Java, now in its eighth major iteration. With clear descriptions and useful tips and hints, this is a great book for studying the world’s most popular programming language. Introduces good design practices and methodologies right from the beginning. An excellent starting point for developing high-quality robust Java applications.’’Simon Ritter, Oracle Corporation 

‘‘Provides a great jump-start on JavaFX, the successor to Swing. A very impressive treatment is given to many JavaFX concepts, from developing a simple application without writing any code, to developing an application that contains a variety of graphical user interface elements.’’ James L. Weaver, Oracle Java Evangelist and author of Pro JavaFX 2 

‘‘Fantastic book and reference. Provides great detail on the latest Java features including lambdas. The code examples make it easy to understand the concepts.’’ Lance Andersen, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Oracle Corporation 

“Comprehensive treatment of Java programming, covering both the latest version of the language and Java SE APIs.”Dr. Danny Coward, Oracle Corporation 

“A nice illustration of how to use Java to generate impressive graphics.”Amr Sabry, Indiana University

“The OOD ATM case study puts many concepts from previous chapters together in a plan for a large program, showing the object-oriented design process—the discussion of inheritance and polymorphism is especially good as the authors integrate these into the design.”Susan Rodger, Duke University

“The transition from design to implementation is explained powerfully—the reader can easily understand the design issues and how to implement them in Java.”S. Sivakumar, Astro Infotech Private Limited

“If you think a 3rd edition is just going to be a repeat then you would not do this book justice. It has the breadth and depth to get a beginning Java programmer started, but at the same time it is a good companion for a more seasoned programmer who wants to get updated to the latest version of Java. Perfect introduction to strings. Good explanation of static vs. non-static methods and variables. Best introduction to Java 2D I’ve seen! The collections framework is well explained. A nice introduction to JavaFX.” Manfred Riem, Java Champion 

“Clearly describes the use cases for different parts of the Java APIs. The tips and observations are very useful. Clearly explains opportunities and pitfalls in Java. Rather than telling the reader what to do and not do, the rationale behind these opportunities and pitfalls is explained. The new features introduced in Java 8 are well mixed with older functionality.” Johan Vos, LodgON and Java Champion 

“Really good, clear explanation of object-oriented programming fundamentals. Excellent polymorphism chapter. Covers all the essentials of strings. Good to see things like try-with-resources and DirectoryStream being used. Excellent generic collections chapter. Covering lambdas and streams in one chapter is a tough challenge; you’ve done well. Concurrency chapter gives good coverage of numerous aspects.”Simon Ritter, Oracle Corporation

“GUI examples are very good. Graphics examples are easy to follow. The JavaFX GUI chapter provides a solid introduction to using the JavaFX Scene Builder, demonstrating how easy it is to create Java-based GUI applications.“ Lance Andersen, Oracle Corporation

“Nice breadth of coverage of traditional core Java and programming topics as well as newer areas such as lambda expressions and areas becoming more critical such as concurrent programming. Very nice coverage of files, streams, object serialization and generics.”Evan Golub, University of Maryland

“The real-world examples can be used with Java SE 7 or 8; great case studies. The inheritance chapter is excellent; examples are gender neutral which is perfect.”Khallai Taylor, Triton College and Lonestar College-Kingwood

“Good approach to important concepts like static, accessors and private fields and their validation. [Classes and Objects: A Deeper Look] coverage is very interesting—I like how the book flows. Excellent explanations of Java SE 8 interfaces and exceptions.”Jorge Vargas, Yumbling and a Java Champion

“Introduces JavaFX, the great new way to develop client applications in Java; I like the use of Scene Builder to create the GUI with drag-and-drop design rather than doing it by hand, which shows the way it should be done.” Simon Ritter, Oracle Corporation

“I like the DeckOfCards example [in the Arrays and ArrayLists chapter]. The evolving inheritance example is a good approach to motivating inheritance. I like the [polymorphism] employee example. Very thorough and well explained GUI chapter. Thorough strings chapter; I like the clear definitions of regular expressions. Good introduction to collections; Hashtable performance discussion was good. Solid treatment of threading.”Dr. Danny Coward, Oracle Corporation

“A great book with a myriad of examples from various application domains.”William E. Duncan, Louisiana State University

“Updated to reflect the state of the art in Java technologies; deep and crystal-clear explanations.”José Antonio González Seco, Parliament of Andalusia

“Very interesting and entertaining. Good job explaining arrays before the more abstract collections. Guiding the reader to avoid dangerous patterns is equally important as explaining the correct syntax; great work! Excellent introduction to object-oriented concepts; rather than just a theoretical overview, it points the reader to how OO is implemented. Great polymorphism chapter—should help the reader distinguish between abstract classes and Java 8 interfaces with default methods. Good discussion of analyzing stack traces, since exceptions provide useful debugging information. Great job explaining Java2D. Shows how easily files and the filesystem are accessible using Java. Very good introduction to hash tables. Pushing all lambda-related content in a single chapter is hard, but the authors succeeded; I like the way they show how lambda expressions compare to existing code with inner classes; they show that it’s the compiler that does the work. Great introduction to BigInteger and BigDecimal. One of the best explanations of generics I’ve read. Clearly explains collections, and when and how they should be used; it’s important that developers understand this, since choosing a wrong implementation can lead to massive performance penalties or hard-to-understand programs.”Johan Vos, LodgON and Java Champion

“An easy-to-read conversational style. Clear code examples propel readers to become proficient in Java.”Patty Kraft, San Diego State University 

“The [early] introduction of the class concept is clearly presented. I applaud the authors for their topical research and illustrativeexamples.The clearest explanation of pass-by-value and pass-by-reference that I’ve encountered. A logical progression of inheritance and the rationale for properly implementing encapsulation in a system involving an inheritance hierarchy. The polymorphism and exception-handling discussions are the best I’ve seen. An excellent strings chapter.”Ric Heishman, George Mason University 

“Of immense value to practitioners of the object-oriented approach. Demystifies inheritance and polymorphism, and illustrates their use in getting elegant, simple and maintainable code. The OO design case study presents the object-oriented approach in a simple manner, from requirements to Java code.”Vinod Varma, Astro Infotech Private Limited

“Easy-to-follow examples! OO design techniques are incorporated throughout. The concept of inheritance is built through examples and is very understandable. Great examples of polymorphism and interfaces. I appreciate the coverage of GUI threading issues.“Sue McFarland Metzger, Villanova University

“Most major concepts are illustrated by complete, annotated programs. JDBC is explained well.”Shyamal Mitra, University of Texas at Austin

“A great reference for anyone working with Java. Good introduction to the software engineering process.”Lance Andersen, Oracle Corporation

“Suitable for new programmers, intermediate-level programmers who want to hone their skills, and expert programmers who need a well organized reference. Event handling and layouts are well explained.” Manjeet Rege, Rochester Institute of Technology


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