1.1. Preface

Welcome to Java for Python Programmers. This short ebook is an ongoing project to help Computer Science students who have had one or two semesters of Python learn the Java programming language. If you are not a part of that audience you may still find this a useful way to learn about Java. This book is written using the build on what you know philosophy. In order to help you learn Java I will start with a Python example and then implement the example in Java. Along the way we will examine the strengths, weaknesses and differences between those two languages.

This book does not attempt to replace the many good Java reference books that are available, in fact I use this in my course along with Cay Horstman’s “Core Java” volumes. Please feel free to use this book for yourself, or if it fits a class you are teaching you are welcome to use this as a resource for your own class.

I have published this article using a Creative Commons license to encourage you to use it, change it, and modify it for your own purposes. I would appreciate knowing what you think if you do use this book, and I would love to see any modifications or additions you make.

Brad Miller bmiller@luther.edu January, 2008

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