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Hello, I have read the Java Tutorial part 1 and I was looking to continue learning Java, can you recommend any must have books? Also, I am very interested in writing client \ server applications and distributed Java programs can you recommend any books? Lastly, I am interested in using an IDE; can you recommend any easy to use and/or free ones? I�m migrating from J++. Thanks, Prem an undergraduate CIS student
 
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"Must Have Books":
Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition (David Flanagan, O'Reilly)
"Wouldn't Hurt Books":
Core Java, Vols 1 and 2 (Sun Press)
Practical Java (Peter Haggar, Addison-Wesley)
Java Examples in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition (Flanagan, O'Reilly)
"Good Books on Topic":
Java Servlet Programming (Hunter and Crawford, O'Reilly)
Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans (Roman, theserverside.com)
You might notice I favor O'Reilly. Addison-Wesley gets good authors (Kernighan, W Stevens, etc) but is more text-bookish and leans toward Unix/C. Their bread and butter are the Stevens books. May he rest in peace.
IDE:
Free - Emacs(NTEmacs) + JDE package + CVS + PCL-CVS
Cheap - Kawa, Visual SlickEdit, Visual Age for Java Professional
Expensive - Visual Age for Java Enterprise, JBuilder 3.5
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