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    Hello,
    Im new to java and Im looking for a reference book that would allow me to teach myself how to program and learn java at the same time.

    I have heard the deitel and deitel books are a good source of information.
    Have any of you used these books?
    Any other books that you could recommend?

    thanks!!

    Al.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al204 View Post
    Hello,
    Im new to java and Im looking for a reference book that would allow me to teach myself how to program and learn java at the same time.

    I have heard the deitel and deitel books are a good source of information.
    Have any of you used these books?
    Any other books that you could recommend?

    thanks!!

    Al.
    Welcome to Java-Forums. :)

    Actually deitel and detel is not a bad book to refer. But I've seen is lots of theories are discuss in that book, rather than examples. For me it's a headache to read such a long book.


    I prefer SAMs' publications. Explain basis well.

    Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days

    If you are really not worried about the printed stuff, then my suggestion is used to SUNs' official tutorials. That's the best way to kick-off with Java.

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    I haven't heard of that book that you mentioned, but I did find "Head First Java" very good.

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    the Arts and Science of Java by Eric Roberts, is the book I am using.

    a pdf copy is available by searching on google,
    + theres a good series of video lectures on you tube provided by stanford university.
    :p I still have my "L" plates on...... directions and explanations are far more help than blaring your Horn! :p Watching:CS106a on YouTube \Reading The Art & Science of Java by Eric S Roberts

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    I like to have a bunch of books when learning something new, so I started out by buying some used books on Java from online sources. They were a little out of date, but cheap and plentiful, and I could catch up with the newer concepts online. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfitz666 View Post
    I haven't heard of that book that you mentioned, but I did find "Head First Java" very good.
    It's amazing if you haven't heard about SAMs' publications. Available for almost all programming languages today.

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    Personally, I like the "Core Java" books (two volumes) from Sun Press. They start from the beginning and go on to cover almost everything. They are direct with good examples.
    The Java Tutorial. Read it.

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    i had not previous experience and i found "Heads First Java" really helpful. Its a kind of book you have to go through it though, i mean read once the whole book, after that you gonna have a good base to build on.

    Good luck

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    a good book for self teaching java is "Java in 60 Minutes a Day" from R. F, Raposa. this is more a reference book for self studying than a reference to java, because it covers the most important concepts on java but not all classes. if you understand the concepts in this book you should be able to advance and understand other online doc like Java Platform SE 6. if you want to know more details about this book write a pm.

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    a very good/ easy book is java for students.
    everything is clear and good explained.
    but they don't cover databases

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