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Murach’s Java Programming, 4th Edition

Developers often tell me they wish they’d found our Java book first, before spending time and money on others. Here are a few of the reasons why I believe this book will work equally well for you:

  • This book teaches the core Java skills that you need to work with objects, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), files, and databases.
  • It gives you a fast start! In fact, by the end of chapter 6, you’ll be developing bulletproof Java applications with business classes and objects.
  • It now shows you how to use the NetBeans IDE to code, test, and debug Java applications. This easy-to-use tool boosts your productivity and is widely used in industry. So you’ll be working like a pro right from the start.
  • It takes the mystery out of object-oriented programming by using real-world applications (instead of objects like cats and dogs) to demonstrate key concepts like inheritance, interfaces, and polymorphism.
  • It covers the best new features of Java SE 7, like the try-with-resources statement, the diamond operator (<>), and a new and improved file system API (known as NIO2).
  • In the GUI section, it shows you how to use the NetBeans GUI builder to design a form and generate the code needed to display it. As a result, this section has you focus on critical coding skills, such as handling events, instead of on code that should be generated.
  • Because business applications routinely handle data, it shows how to work with text files, binary files, XML files, and databases (using JDBC).
  • It now has a chapter on deploying applications by using executable JAR files or Java Web Start.
  • All the skills are presented in our standard, “paired-pages” format, to save you time on both training and reference.

Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who wants to learn the core features of the Java language:

  • It works if you’re new to programming.
  • It works if you have programming experience with another language.
  • It works if you already know an older version of Java and you want to get up-to-speed with Java SE 7.
  • It works if you’ve already read 3 or 4 other Java books and still don’t know how to develop a real-world application.

If you’re new to programming, the prerequisites are minimal. You just need to be familiar with the operation of the platform that you’re using. That means you should know how to perform tasks like opening, saving, printing, closing, copying, and deleting files.

Table of contents
Section 1: Essential Java skills
Chapter 1. How to get started with Java and NetBeans
Chapter 2. Introduction to Java programming
Chapter 3. How to work with data
Chapter 4. How to code control statements
Chapter 5. How to validate input data
Chapter 6. How to test and debug an application

Section 2: Object-oriented programming with Java
Chapter 7. How to define and use classes
Chapter 8. How to work with inheritance
Chapter 9. How to work with interfaces
Chapter 10. Other object-oriented programming skills

Section 3: More Java skills
Chapter 11. How to work with arrays
Chapter 12. How to work with collections and generics
Chapter 13. How to work with dates and strings
Chapter 14. How to handle exceptions

Section 4: GUI programming with Swing
Chapter 15. How to develop a form
Chapter 16. How to work with controls and handle events
Chapter 17. How to develop and deploy applets

Section 5: Data access programming with Java
Chapter 18. How to work with text and binary files
Chapter 19. How to work with XML
Chapter 20. How to work with a Derby database
Chapter 21. How to use JDBC to work with databases

Section 6: Advanced Java skills
Chapter 22. How to work with threads
Chapter 23. How to deploy an application

Appendix A. How to set up your PC for this book
Appendix B. How to set up your Mac for this book

Book Details

  • Paperback: 836 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; 4th Edition (November 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774653
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19 Responses

  1. juanestevez says:

    I canΒ΄t see the content of te ebook, I tried with 3 different viewers (Sumatra, Foxit and Adobe Reader).

    I Adobe Reader the books looks like this:

    Any suggestions?

  2. akbarpn136 says:

    Hmmm. when i open this file.. tadaaaaa…, no text guys
    i can’t read the text in pdf. i open wit foxit reader

  3. imamadman says:

    Thank you for this but have you checked this one? The fonts are hard (if not impossible) to read.

  4. joblackz says:


  5. nadrzaki says:

    this book is hard to read

  6. ahron013 says:

    fix please can’t see text in pdf file

  7. kronozord says:

    The text in the pdf is white. Its impossible to read.

  8. owl8 says:

    The Murach’s PDF seem to have a display problem, the paragraphs don’t show up. I’ve tried with this book and the one on HTML5 and CSS3. In Acrobat I can only see a thin black outline.
    Does it work for you ?
    Thank you

  9. caonima says:

    this book is not readable at all.
    all content text is in light gray color and hollow font.

  10. Wow! says:

    I’m trying to fix it. Thank all of you for comments. πŸ™

  11. Wow! says:

    The file has been fixed. Again, thank all of you :).

  12. nadrzaki says:


  13. joblackz says:

    Didn’t check the original file–thanks for the new upload, will take it again.

  14. malachm says:

    Great ebook. Thanks!

  15. edaloicaro18 says:

    Can’t download the file πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯
    “File owner set free user can download max file size 100 MB only.”

    Does anyone know where I can download this book for free??

  16. Wow! says:

    Please try download again. Sorry for inconvenience.

  17. edaloicaro18 says:

    On the contrary! Thanks to you πŸ™‚

  18. planetearth007 says:

    I am currently enrolled in Intro to java. I have online copy of this text book. Where can I download “NetBeans” to solve Example 1-1 and 1-2 in chapter1 of this book.
    Thanks in advance.

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