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I have only recently started to learn Java and it's way too early to start dreaming, but should I continue learning JDK1.2.2-001 or maybe jump up to 1.3, which I THINK is the new version??
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Steven, IMO you should learn the JAVA programming language. Java's JDK 1.3 is the latest but that doesn't mean you are going to waste your time with 1.2.2-xxx
More importantly, concentrate on the basics of the language. Only the version 1.0.2 should not be used unless you have to deal with applets running in old browsers. I hope you don't
Just download the 1.3 JDK and use some editor integrated with it like TextPad (TextPad.com).
Also, get a few good introductory books about OOP in Java...
My $0.02
 
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If you're just getting started, you might want to check out the JavaRanch cattle drive at http://www.javaranch.com/cattledrive.html
 
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Steven,
I prepared quite well for the test using a JDK1.1.7a that was on the system at work. Although when it came time to fiddle with collections, I had to pull in the 1.2 version.
Eric
 
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Thanks guys. I'm going to go to the cattle drive soon.
 
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Hi Steven,
I would go with the latest version 1.3. If you need an editor download Jext at http://www.chez.com/powerteam/jext/ and then head over here http://www.codecuts.com/mainpage.asp?WebPageID=314 and download a free pdf book called "Thinking In Java".
Have fun,
Frank
 
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