I'm Dennis, 22, from the Netherlands. I'm completely new to Java programming, but the reason I've chosen to learn this language is because it has a bright future, runs on a lot of platforms and just seems like a lot of fun to learn.
Now, I'm a hard learner. I can't really learn from books that easily when they're just purely text, but I decided that I would like to try and learn Java from books since I am not able to follow classes (too expensive & can't find any nearby). My question to you guys is, what would be an excelent book to learn Java from? What I need is a book that is not intimidating (1500 pages, pure text, no screenshots, oh my!) and has tests to put what you've learnt into practice.
I figured there'd be a lot of people on this forum who have learnt this language mostly by themselves, so I hoped you could tell me a little bit about your learning process.
I do know that learning this language will take a long time, and that it's going to be a big time investment, but I've decided that I really want to do this, just to expand my personal knowledge, skills and capabilities.