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    I recently got into Java programming (Happy Day another Java programmer!) and I seem to be having trouble learning it/ or finding the proper learning tool. I am not dumb, its just videos such as newboston and some books or websites like the official Java site don't cut it for me. I am (probably surprisingly) only 14 but I am very familiar with the basics of HTML. I knew even before I learned HTML that Java and HTML were completely different, however after the basics, I have become infatuated with Java and want to even become a 2D game developer with it. I have taken a game design class and enjoyed it immensely. The Game design tools such as Game Maker or Multimedia Fusion Developer have limitations, and I want to create something from scratch and not have to rely on some program to do everything for me. For example, the computer that I am using to post this thread I built entirely by myself. I feel that having the ability to change every attribute and or aspect of your game (in other words complete control) is a necessity. Thank you and sorry I "chased a rabbit" there. All replies or help is appreciated!

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    Moved from New to Java

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    Default Re: Best Book to Learn Java?

    You're off to a good start. But do realize that learning Java right off the bat without having prior programming experience is a lot more difficult, which also makes books harder to understand.

    I can recommend Head First Java 2nd edition which is a playful approach to learning Java. Its for Java 5 so quite old, but it is still relevant.
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    Default Re: Best Book to Learn Java?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylBurke View Post
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    Sorry new here, didn't know were to post it.

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    Just wondering, what other language (I believe I know the answer) would I need to learn before learning Java. Before continuing to the next sentence, think of the language that I would need to learn. Now, I believe I would need to learn Python first correct? I am unsure but this is where most programmers start off, yes? Please reply and thanks for the book! I already have that one I think.....I'll check though!

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    Default Re: Best Book to Learn Java?

    Not a specific programming language, generic software engineering and computer theory would be excellent things to begin with. The beginning is a really bumpy road as you basically need to know a whole lot all at once. I'd get a good book on Java and a good book on software engineering and use both to fill the gaps in your knowledge as you go along learning to program using Java.
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