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    Default Where to begin?

    I posted this in another forum and now I realize this is probably the best place for this. Sorry for double posting.

    Hello All, I am new here and wanted to ask a couple questions. Hopefully this is the correct spot, if not I apologizes. I am currently trying to learn Java, I have a little knowledge regarding the language and some others but I am a total newb. Do you have any suggestions on specific books to start with? Possibly ones you found beneficial? I learn best when I get involved with a project rather than just reading, but as I've tried to understand Java I've found that, doing so in this instance will leave me woefully behind the curve and I need to have at least a starting place.

    One possible important note, I have a unique android app rolling around in my head and I would like to get it out. It involves the FM receiver, the voice to text converter and some other pretty specific features. Is Java the best language to pursue in order to write this app? (Obviously I know I have given very little so I understand if you need more info.)

    If anyone can point me in the correct direction I would be most appreciative. Thank you for looking.

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    Well Java would be important if you are planning on doing an Android app, since it's built on Java and you'd be writing it in Java (using the Android SDK).
    I would suggest looking at an Android book for beginners of some sort. May as well pick up the Android-specific stuff at the same time as the Java bits.
    I can't offhand recommend one, but you might consider looking in the Android section here and seeing if anyone has asked a similar question re: Android.
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    Default Re: Where to begin?

    Thank you, I'll do just that.

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    Default Re: Where to begin?

    One thing, though, is to ensure you can at least write a basic console app in Java.
    Something a bit more advanced than Hello World, but it doesn't have to be much more than that, since things fit together slightly differently in Android.
    It's a bit quicker than firing up the Android SDK in Eclipse to test things and will give you a basic grounding in the syntax.

    Also read a bit on OO programming, though a decent Android book should at least cover that to some extent.
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    Default Re: Where to begin?

    Starting from JavaSE Tutorial, That is really a big index .

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    Since Android can be quite a different development environment I would suggest the first 4 under the Basics.
    Up to but not including the Swing one.
    In addition go through Generics, which is a bit further down.
    You may not need all the Essentials stuff, but I would recommend the Exceptions and the Concurrency part (which is quite important in a UI environment like Android).
    Don't worry so much about detailed stuff on the Java environment, as a lot of that is not really applicable to Android.
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