VTC ( video tutorials)
Java in a Nutshell
Head First Java
Thinking in Java
Keystones ( video tutorials)
The Complete Reference for Java
I have already searched the forum for some reccomendations. However, I wanted to have some feedback about the above ones.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
[ February 16, 2006: Message edited by: Aum Tao ]
I havn't read any of the books, so I cant really give you an input on
that, but did you look in the JavaRanch's Bunk House ?
Also note that the current edition of Head First is already updated for Java 5.0. An updated edition of Thinking in Java is expected this month, but I don't think it's out yet.
The Head First books are great, but I haven't looked at Head First Java yet.
Try the cattle drive here on javaranch.
I didn't really learn until I got started on my own projects and HAD to find out how to do something. So,just dive in by saying, " I want to write a program that does x " and starting out.
Originally posted by Steve Stanicki:
If you would like to look at Thinking In Java, the author has put it online for free at:
Headfirst and TIJ are both great books, with TIJ being a little harder to read, but going into more detail. Rather then choose between the two, I find that they complement each other pretty well. If I don't quite understand a concept in one, reading the other usually clears it up. The link that Steve has given you will lead you to a free version of TIJ3 which covers JDK 1.4. JDK 1.5 will be covered in TIJ4 which is due out in a week or so. Unfortunately the author has decided not to release TIJ4 in online form, meaning you'll have to buy the book or use TIJ3. Given the amount of effort that Bruce has put into all of the Thinking series, $30.00 or so is a bargin. Amazon has a preorder going on TIJ4 at a pretty reasonable price. I highly recommend both books.