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    Hi there,
    I have been doing some learning course via correspondence on my own on Java programming fundamentals and I have been using the notes provided ( not very helpful --- mistakes quite often, tutor nonavailable when needed), explanation and language used are complex .
    I am nearly finished the course and doing the Sun certified programming guide
    ( consisting Graphics, Applets, Thread and other basic programming).
    I do not feel confident with all the tutorials I havbe tackled.
    I am looking for a more practical line to improve, good book with clear and good examples and useful exercises. Not too much lengthy and dragging.
    I shall appreciate for some good advices and practical approach on recommended book etc .
    BR,
    Monia

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    Concise java books are often hard to find. My advice is this: If you can come up with a random program idea... Such as an easy to use recipe organizer with GUI or a Sudoku solver, or program that draws fractals -- whatever interests you, and then actually implement it in a couple days using what you've learned, then you should be more or less good to go. Any shortcomings in your studies will become obvious when you're not following a tutorial but writing your own, and are then easily google'd or examined in sun's tutorials.

    As far as broader computer science concepts -- those are not taught in language-centric courses or java books as they are language independent. There is only so much you can learn from even the best book on java (or any language).

    You only really learn a language through implementing your own software, which takes time. As far as specific issues, this is the perfect place to post questions. Best of luck, I hope we can help you in your studies :D

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    Sun's Java tutorial is a must have. You can download the whole thing to your computer for free.

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    Hello Quad and RO,
    Many thanks both for your guidelines.
    I have looked at some of the Sun tutorials, still I need to be well versed.
    Is "java for idiots" or "teach yourself Java in 21 minutes" book as given in old threads I was just reading is good enough to reinforce my understanding the fundamentals of Java. Or any more appropriate book with some practical exercises highlighted these fundamentals.
    I do understand there is no 'concise' as you mentioned Quad. But something along the line before spending too much . The home learning stuff ( costing too much for quality ) I have done is just the flavour and not the cake.
    Kind regards,
    Monia

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    hi to both of you...I started with the book of Herbert Schildt as a fundamental for learning java. And now, I'd like to shift from doing desktop application by using NetBeans as my IDE. Any book that you can recommend to me. Thank you so much.

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