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Glen A Scheel
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Hello all,

I hope this is the right forum to post this. If not please let me know.

I am currently working my way through "Java rogramming Fundamentals" by Kimberly Seefield. I expect to finish it over the weekend.

Can anyone recommend which book I should go to after that? I am looking for something a bit above beginner level but not at the advanced level. My goal is to be able to write programs that can communicate with devices over TCP/IP and RS-232. I want to get a good grasp of java programming but since this is for my job I'd like to take as direct a path as is reasonable.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Glen Scheel
 
Vicken Karaoghlanian
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You may want to consider Mastering Java 2, J2SE 1.4 as a general book. If you want more network specific books, you can try Java Network Programming.
 
Mark Vedder
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Originally posted by Vicken Karaoghlanian:
You may want to consider Mastering Java 2, J2SE 1.4 as a general book. If you want more network specific books, you can try Java Network Programming.


I would agree that if you want to get into TCP/IP based communication that that O'Reilly's Java Network Programming is a great book. One note though, Vicken's link is to the second edition of the book. The Third Edition came out this past October 2004 and covers significant updates in the 5.0 (aka 1.5) JDK. Info at Amazon and
O'Reilly's site is available.

Also take a look at the 2nd edition of the Manning publishers book, also titled Java Network Programming. While it is a bit old (published in May 1999) and based on JDK 1.2, it's fairly good in term of covering the basics. There are some sample chapters at Manning's Website.

Lastly, a good overall book on advanced Java topics is Core Java 2, Volume II: Advanced Features (7th Edition) . The 7th edition just came out this past November. More info available at
Amazon and the Prentice Hall's site. It does a nice job of giving an overview of advanced features such as MultiThreading, Database Connectivity (i.e. JDBC), networking, Remote Objects, etc. It is definitely not going to make you an expert in any of those areas, but does give you a good taste of them, form which you can dive into a book dedicated to one of those particular technologies, such as Java Network Programming.
 
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