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    Default What's the best book,instructional vids on learning Java,if you're a total beginner?

    As I prefer a book or videos to online tutorials, can anyone please recommend what you consider is the best book/s and/or instructional videos to get, for learning Java programming (not to be confused with Javascript) at university, if you're a total beginner who's never done programming before, with little knowledge of how to use the proper syntax terminology required and little help is offered by a teacher.

    There's a Javascript for Dummies book, but unfortunately there isn't a similar book for Java. Please say why anything recommended, is better than other book/s or video/s.

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    Oracle's Tutorials (fka Sun's Tutorials) helped a lot of people getting started.

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    I posted a very lengthy post containing some java c++ books I have found very helpful, view it here: Newbie to Java.

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    Thanks, but I prefer something book form, not online.

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    Did you read my post? I suggested 5-6 books that I like with a quick description of why I liked them. Head first java is probably my favorite beginner book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KL70 View Post
    Thanks, but I prefer something book form, not online.
    The Oracle Tutorials also come in book form; read the link I supplied.

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    The tutorials are a good resource so it could be worth at least bookmarking them and the API for quick reference.

    @jos: your sig confuses me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunde887 View Post
    @jos: your sig confuses me.
    Good, that was my intention: a completely useless sig that makes people go "huh?" ;-)

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    DEFINITELY HEAD FIRST JAVA 2ND EDITION!!!!!!!!
    Thats what I learned from. Amazon.com: Head First Java, 2nd Edition (9780596009205): Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates, Bert Bates: Books This price is wayyyyyyyy cheaper than what I got mine for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JosAH View Post
    Good, that was my intention: a completely useless sig that makes people go "huh?" ;-)
    Not entirely useless - it has a message - of sorts. Noah also had to take termites, deathwatch beetle, shipworm, dry rot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlorde View Post
    Not entirely useless - it has a message - of sorts. Noah also had to take termites, deathwatch beetle, shipworm, dry rot...
    It was my previous signature that confused sunde887; it read "a tomato isn't a vegetable, as a matter of fact it's a dolphin". That seems pretty useless to me ;-) If you change your sig, it changes in all your messages.

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    I thought that came from here or here.

    db

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylBurke View Post
    I thought that came from here or here.
    Nope, I never read the links you supplied before; I must've read it somewhere because I'm way too sensible to come up with nonsense like that myself ... ;-)

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    Hi y'all,

    I'm new here and I am not sure if this thread still requires more posting but i just felt like helping so...

    If you're looking for a JAVA book for beginners you should try "JAVA How To Program by Deitel" a very exhaustive book for beginners. I highly recommend it

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    Quote Originally Posted by JosAH View Post
    It was my previous signature that confused sunde887; it read "a tomato isn't a vegetable, as a matter of fact it's a dolphin". That seems pretty useless to me ;-) If you change your sig, it changes in all your messages.
    Ah OK. Your old sig reminds me of a Marty Feldman sketch from many years ago, something along the lines of:

    Annoying man on park bench next to businessman reading newspaper:

    Annoying man: "Of course many people mistakenly think that the whale is a fish..."
    Businessman: "Really?"
    Annoying man: "Yes, but the whale isn't a fish at all... it's an insect."
    etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlorde View Post
    Ah OK. Your old sig reminds me of a Marty Feldman sketch from many years ago, something along the lines of:

    Annoying man on park bench next to businessman reading newspaper:

    Annoying man: "Of course many people mistakenly think that the whale is a fish..."
    Businessman: "Really?"
    Annoying man: "Yes, but the whale isn't a fish at all... it's an insect."
    etc.
    I think I remember that sketch; I consider Marty Feldman the same type of loony as the entire Monty Python team; Rowan Atkinson is in the same tribe as well ;-)

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