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    Hello everyone!

    I'm new to the forum and a Rookie with java. I just know the idea of programming and I had a module at Uni with java but don't remember much. I would like someone to tell me a good book to start learning java with from the beggining. Is it easy ?

    Thank you very much!


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    Default Re: Java Book

    I would recommend The Java Tutorials. They're online tutorials written by the makers/maintainers of Java, and while they might be a little confusing at first, they're not too hard to follow and usually have plenty of examples you can work with. They're also available free of charge.

    If you really want a book to look through, Java Illuminated Learning Approach is a fairly good book (it's the book my uni uses for beginning programmers), though it's a little on the expensive side (~100 USD). To be honest, I hardly ever looked through this book because I got used to using the web tutorials provided by Sun (now Oracle).

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    Thanks a lot man!! :-D

    I also found this book: "Beginning Programming With Java For Dummies, 2nd Edition". What do you think about it?

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    I personally liked "Java in 60 Minutes a Day" by Rich Raposa (Wiley Publishing). It's a really good read which I always find a big plus; but not only that it avoids the common pitfall of not going into sufficient detail. In other words it teaches you pure unadulterated code like everything else, but also probably more importantly why it is used and the context you will use it. In doing so you can transfer the knowledge you pick up to other Object Orientated laguages.

    A quick look at the back and the RRP's are:

    $50.00 USA
    $76.95 CAN
    34.95 UK

    However, I manage to pick mine up for 8 second hand in very good nic. So have a look around regardless of what book you ultimately choose, going down the pre-owned route could save you a pretty penny.



    **And by the way, I found the Official Java Tutorials already mentioned by helloworld922 quite good myself, but a little difficult to follow at times and a little bit on the dry side. (this is probably just a problem on my end though lol) I use it mainly to supplement certain issues that I want to go further in to - I find personally it can be highly useful to read a second interpretation on something to gain a better understanding of it you see. Thankfully being free, you can evaluate it easily yourself to see how useful you find it.

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    I did Java blueJ, which I liked for a number of reasons, most important one being, it comes with its own ide, BlueJ. This seriously reduceses overhead before getting to actually program stuff, and also uses a nice visual interface to display objects/classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanos View Post
    Thanks a lot man!! :-D

    I also found this book: "Beginning Programming With Java For Dummies, 2nd Edition". What do you think about it?
    That's the book I sent to my uncle. I found it at a thrift store for $1.50. I only skimmed through it, but it looks like it should be good for beginning.

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