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Java, A Beginner’s Guide, 5th Edition by Herbert Schildt

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Input Characters from the Keyboard

Before examining Java’s control statements, we will make a short digression that will allow you to begin writing interactive programs. Up to this point, the sample programs in this book have displayed information to the user, but they have not received information from the user. Thus, you have been using console output, but not console (keyboard) input. The main reason for this is that Java’s input capabilities rely on or make use of features not discussed until later in this book. Also, most real-world Java programs and applets will be graphical and window based, not console based. For these reasons, not much use of console input is found in this book. However, there is one type of console input that is relatively ...

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