I'm fairly new to Java. Please forgive me if this question sounds dumb. Can anyone please tell me where I can find some real-world applications or professional projects that I could help me learn java from the ground up? Thanks!
Well, that's a pretty big question, but if what you want to do is to create, from scratch, a simple working Java application, then my book is a perfect place to start. Eclipse: Step-by-Step shows you how to use Eclipse, the great new Open Source Java IDE, to create a working application that interacts with the user via a GUI and accesses a database. It's a very simple application, but it introduces you to many important concepts, such as SWT (a powerful new GUI that provides native look and feel) and JDBC (Java's SQL access classes). Also, it guides you through using the IDE, assuming nothing. The book shows you how to download everything from the Internet and how to install it, and then walks you through the process of creating the application, step by step (thus the title!), detailing every menu selection and key stroke. And not only that, but JavaRanch will be featuring the book all next week, so if you'd rather not spend the money, you might even be able to get a free copy! Joe
You can look at this(not published yet) book,"Simply Java Programming: An Application-Driven; Tutorial Approach-ISBN: 0131426486 pages: 950" from www.deitel.com. The book claims to teach Java by building real application. Fixed link, I hope - Barry [ August 15, 2003: Message edited by: Barry Gaunt ]