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Practical Java programming books

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I am new to the Java programming world. I have learned the basics of the Java language. I am looking for some 'practical' Java programming books. There are many excellent java books, but all of them are about the syntax of the language and OOP. The problem that I, and I think many new programmers, have is in the compiling and and running even the simplest Java programs; setting classpath, directory structure and other practical aspects. There are many practical programming books for C/C++, but I haven't found any books that covers these topics for Java.
Although setting classpath seems very easy, but many new programmers have problem with it.
More specifically I am looking for a book ( or online resources, I prefer books though !)
which covers the following topics:
The java compiling and running environments, command line arguments, tips and practical considerations for setting environmental variables in different platforms: Unix/Linux, Windows, proper ways of designing directory structures and packages, the meaning of compile and run-time error messages; basics of IDEs and concepts of work space and projects, introduction to the popular IDEs, etc

I'd appreciate if any body can help me!


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Welcome to JavaRanch, Jim Smithian!

(I don't have any of my introductory books in front of me, else I'd let you know what I see in them.)

I bet folks around here could certainly offer some good advice on the types of questions you're talking about.

You might also find some good explanations in something from this list of free on-line Java tutorials and books that I have found useful:
  • Sun's Java Tutorial
  • Introduction to Computer Science using Java by Bradley Kjell
  • Introduction to Programming Using Java by David J. Eck
  • Dick Baldwin's Java Programming Tutorials
  • Interactive Programming In Java by Lynn Andrea Stein
  • Bruce Eckel's Thinking In Java
  • JavaRanch's own Campfire Stories
  • Allen B. Downey's How To Think Like A Computer Scientist
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    You might like the practical style of the java cookbook
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