Java in easy steps, 5th edition begins by explaining how to download and install the free Java Development Kit (JDK) for the Java SE (Standard Edition) platform. This allows you to quickly begin creating your own executable programs by copying the examples. The book assumes no previous knowledge of any programming language so it's ideal for the newcomer to computer programming. Each chapter builds your knowledge of Java. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of the Java language and be able to write your own Java programs and compile them into executable files that can be run on any Java-enabled computer.