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Jeremy Parsons
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Most of the books/tutorials I come across have the prequesite that you must have previous programming experience in something before reading it.

Are there any good tutorials/books besides Java for Dummies, the do NOT assume previous experience to learn Java??

I've learned some, but not many basics in java from the Dummies book, but that's about it so far.. I have never programmed in anything before, and really want to learn Java, so any help/suggestions I can get will be greatly appreciated..
 
Jeroen T Wenting
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HeadFirst Java (Bates/Sierra) comes to mind, or Agile Java (Langr).

I agree with you that the Dummies series books don't give much more than the very basic fundamentals.
Nice to get a quick overview of what something is, but certainly not enough if you're serious about a subject.
 
Jason Greenwood
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I'll put in a good word for Head First Java! It's what I'm currently using right now to learn Java, and it suits my learning style VERY well (bored easily, have a hard time following dry writing).

The 2nd edition is out now, but the first edition (the one I'm using) can be found pretty cheap... I got mine at a discount place (Building 19, for anyone in New England) for about $10, so it's WELL worth it.
 
Justin Fox
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'Java by lewis/loftus'

its a beginner college book, but goes in good detail, and is simple to

follow

-justin-
 
edirg559
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You may consider the Murach's Beginning Java 2. It is really a nice Java detail book. You will find it very easy to read. It has example codes that you need to brush up your Java mind. I always like to pair up the Head First Java together with this Murach's Java. They are just a perfect combination to me. It is like coffee + sun-shine in the morning.

Erik
 
Michael Dunn
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the Java Tutorial is as good as any, and its free.
http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/index.html

you can download it, and have it handy on your pc.
(link in top right corner)

I would recommend you also download the api docs
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/download.jsp#docs

these are invaluable when you get into more advanced coding
 
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