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    Default Need to know how different each version of Java is.

    New to the forums first of all, I expect I'll be coming here a lot!

    So I started learning java, well because of my love of coffee and programming. joking, but I am a new learner here, I have some books that are teaching me a lot, I have a pretty good grasp on things thus far, but what worries me is that my books are for java 5

    I know Java is in its 8th release as of march, so I am feeling a bit outdated. I'm just curious, is it ok for me to be learning version 5? I have the funds for new books if need be, and if I do need to update my educational literature, please let me know. specifically I am using

    Head First into Java 2nd edition.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Need to know how different each version of Java is.

    You can read the changes here: Java version history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    IMO you do not need to buy new up to date books.

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    Default Re: Need to know how different each version of Java is.

    enothehippie,

    As far as I am concerned, It's really fine to kick off your java learning from JDK 5. I strongly recommend that as well. If you feel you are good with JDK 5, and then you can go ahead as high as you can.
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    Default Re: Need to know how different each version of Java is.

    Quote Originally Posted by enothehippie View Post
    New to the forums first of all, I expect I'll be coming here a lot!

    So I started learning java, well because of my love of coffee and programming. joking, but I am a new learner here, I have some books that are teaching me a lot, I have a pretty good grasp on things thus far, but what worries me is that my books are for java 5
    Well stop worrying, you'll be fine. I would agree with other comments that it is actually better since the more narrow scope of the features explained will guard against you becoming overwhelmed. You can always pick up on the new features of Java 7 and 8 later on once you've gotten to know both the language and platform a bit better.

    Head First into Java 2nd edition.
    That's a good book, very often recommended for novices that want to learn Java through puzzles and games. Just be aware that like most books the code examples in the book sometimes contain mistakes. Be sure to check out the website of the book for updates and corrections.
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