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Introduction to Programming Using Java
Version 4.0, July 2002

Requires Java 1.3 or higher

Author:  David J. Eck  (

WELCOME TO Introduction to Programming Using Java, the fourth edition of a free, on-line textbook on introductory programming, which uses Java as the language of instruction. Previous versions have been used as a textbook for an introductory programming class at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. See for information about this course. This on-line book contains Java applets, many of which require Java 1.3 or higher. To see these applets, you will need a Web browser that uses a recent version of Java. To learn more, please read the preface.

Links for downloading copies of this text can be found at the bottom of this page.

Search this Text: Although this book does not have a conventional index, you can search it for terms that interest you. Note that this feature searches the book at its on-line site, so you must be working on-line to use it.

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© 2002, David J. Eck. This is a free textbook. There are no restrictions on using or redistributing or posting on the web a complete, unmodified copy of this material. There are some restrictions on modified copies. To be precise: Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no invariant sections, front cover text, or back cover text.

The most recent version of this book is always available, at no charge, for downloading and for on-line use at the Web address The previous edition, which covered Java 1.1, can be found at

Downloading Links

Use one of the following links to download a compressed archive of this textbook:

I know from experience that a lot of people will want to print all or part of the text. The following PDF file is provided to make this a little easier. This is nothing fancy -- just the Web pages captured in a single file. To use this file, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 4 or later. (When you click on this link, the file might open in your Web browser; to download it, right-click the link and choose "Save Link As" or similar command.)

David Eck (
Version 4.0, July 2002