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    iam a newbie and iam interested in pursuing my carrer as a java developer.iam planning to write SCJP as well.i want to know whether it is a good option to do so and i also i wanted to know about how to start learning javaall answers will be appreciated.

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    Books and tutorials are some of the best ways to start learning a programming language. For java, I really like "Head First Java". It does a good job of introducing the core Java language and Object Oriented Programming. There are also many good tutorials at The Java™ Tutorials.

    Once you have read through the book, worked through the sample project in the book, and worked through some of the tutorials, it would be a good idea for you to work on some of your own Java projects. Maybe start with a simple desktop app, then create a client server app or whatever you want. This will help you become more comfortable programming in Java.

    Then for the SCJP I would recommend the SCJP 6 Study Guide

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    Head First Java is an interesting book because it takes a different approach to teaching than just using words on paper. But it's not really a beginner's book. I got the impression that it caters to people that already know some programming. Some of the exersises at the end of the chapters can be quite difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 357mag View Post
    Head First Java is an interesting book because it takes a different approach to teaching than just using words on paper. But it's not really a beginner's book. I got the impression that it caters to people that already know some programming. Some of the exersises at the end of the chapters can be quite difficult.
    I definitely have to disagree with most of this statement. Head first Java is absolutely a beginner text. It really does not require you to know anything about programming, however; some people won't love it, others will. Personally, it's my favorite to recommend for beginners. It does a really good job of explaining a lot of topics in java extremely well.

    @OP: I'd suggest you pick up a couple of books and read them, and also read the tutorials. The more you can read, the better, also make sure to practice what is in the books. Do the exercises, type out the example code, and compile/run it.

    Rather than type out a long post, I will link you to my blog post as I usually do:
    Helping beginners get started. « Sunde's Blog

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    A great book that could be purchased off Amazon that I would highly Recommend is:
    Introduction To Java Programming Seventh Edition by Y.Danial Liang.
    You'll find it very helpful.

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    If you compare Head First Java with Java: A Beginner's Guide you will see the difference. The former is simply more challenging. The latter takes a clear, skeleton approach to Java's basics. But we also need to keep in mind that we are all different and we all don't learn the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 357mag View Post
    If you compare Head First Java with Java: A Beginner's Guide you will see the difference. The former is simply more challenging. The latter takes a clear, skeleton approach to Java's basics. But we also need to keep in mind that we are all different and we all don't learn the same.
    This is true. I had some programming experience before I started learning Java. I would recommend using the "Look Inside" feature on amazon.com to get an idea of the writing style and difficulty level of the books to give you a better idea of which would work best for you.
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    Thanx to all of u guys.....

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    I'm surprised no one else said it, but herb schildt tends to have a bad reputation of writing books for the money and bad quality books. Don't be so quick to buy his book(or any other), do some research first.

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    At my school for Java 1 & 2 we are using the text Java: Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming (5th Edition) By Savitch & Carrano. I have not read any other books but this book is very helpful if starting using java. Also when I began using java I liked web tutorials try here TheNewBoston – Free Educational Video Tutorials on Computer Programming and More!, there is so much good information there.
    Also here is a free ebook my teacher recommended to us, never looked at before http://math.hws.edu/javanotes/index.html
    Last edited by patriotsfan; 06-08-2011 at 10:25 AM.

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    i did some resarch and the java tutorials were the best yet...thnx to ur suggestions guyz....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunde887 View Post
    I'm surprised no one else said it, but herb schildt tends to have a bad reputation of writing books for the money and bad quality books. Don't be so quick to buy his book(or any other), do some research first.
    Herbert Schildt is a real computational linguist *ahem* I remember he wrote a book on C once; the C90 ISO/ANSI Standard had just seen the light so Herb copied it entirely (on the pages on the left side of the book) and commented on the page on the right side of his book; the result was hilarious: full of bloopers and script kiddie mistakes. (of course it had 'void main()' all over the place which is dead wrong in C). That man just kills trees for his worthless books and is laughable at best.

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