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Understanding java (Beginners)

 
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Hello, i guess you know my name already so i'll just go ahead and ask my question. Here goes: I am new to the java programming language and have not been finding too easy understanding the syntax and semantics of the language. I need a guide. I hope to write a certifcation examination some day, but if i continue this way it may take me ages before i ever get a chance to try. I'm in dire need of assistance.
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Hi,


Of all of the books that helped me understand java, I found that Ivor Hortons Beginning Java 2 quite helpfull. Also Sun Certified Programmer % Developer for Java2 by sierra & bates was helpfull for the scjp, and I still reference this today.

For me the process was not fast. Good luck!
 
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Hey, first post! Welcome aboard!

Bruce Eckell's Thinking In Java is a neat introduction and it's a free download!
 
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I learned the basics from Cay Horstman and Gary Cornell in Core Java 2. They have just published a new edition for Java 1.5, so I'm sure it's a great way to learn the new features of the language as well.

Layne
 
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hi

why not try "java 2: the complete reference" by herbert schilldt?

i tried it and it was good...

cheers
-Anandh
 
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These are excellent responses to the question.

But I feel badly for 'newbies' trying to understand ver. info.
Notice references to learning Java 2 from books which are/will be updated for Java 1.5

It's a shame that so many smart people have colaborated so well within the Java community to create Java 2, which is now at ver. 1.5

Who needs that kind of confusion ?
No one should have to explain how we got there.

Anyone who read this far shouldn't leave more confused than informed.
Java 2 is actually a reference to Java 1.2 - probably 'marketing' at work
Java 5 is likely to become the common term for Java 1.5
 
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On a sidenote, Java 2 was called that probably because there were so many changes during that time (javax anyone?). I hardly have seen any major changes since then.

P.S. - Netscape should get the award for weirdest marketing. Who's seen Netscape 5?
 
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Hi
"JAVA2 complete reference" is a very good book.
you can also try "java in 21 days"
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Hi
"JAVA2 complete reference" is a very good book.
you can also try "java in 21 days"
"ALL THE BEST"
 
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