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    I've just got myself this book by Barry Burd. The introduction and structure of the book are exciting and make me want to read more. However, I'm not sure if it is really helping me to advance in Java code writing. Currently I know few basic terms and have written some smaller programs. Has anyone read this book or knows a better way to develop programming skills?

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    Books are usually better then online tutorials (depending on which book). I just got a Java book also, Effective Java by Joshua Bloch (supported by java, from "the Java Series", author worked for Sun). It is more about how to program effectively, things that distinguish a beginner from someone advanced. It doesn't actually teach how to program much but what options to chose for better code. You should keep reading the book as long as you understand everything. Stop and figure it out if you aren't grasping the concept of something though.
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    I find reading a book about coding very hard. I prefer to get my hands dirty and just start coding, when i get stuck, i will then first go to the net, websites and forums, then check books and finally if i havent found the solution, post a thread asking for help. (Which is rare)
    If you aren't sure what to code, look for java exercises. Carrying out a quick google search you should find serveral websites which offer such exercises. When starting out these can be really good and in the future when your stuck you may remember you've already done something like that and you can go check out your old newbie exercises. :P

    To get a abit more on track, i use the book, "Learning Java, 3rd Edition", which i got from my university libary.

    Hope that helps.

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    Yes, don't just read. Try doing some exercises, but an even better idea would be to think up a big project to do that will take months to perfect with your new knowledge and skill of Java programming from the book. Then make more versions of whatever it is. And read the book at the same time (not literally).
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    Some books work for you, but might not work for me. that goes for all materials. What's important is that you read the book, then read the api, and mess around w/ the code to know what you can and can't do.
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