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Need suggestions for personal Java book library

 
Daniel Lucas
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I'm a senior in high school. I did some work over last summer with Visual BASIC v5.0 and C++. This past year I took AP Comp Sci A(all Java). We used TextPad in class, though I'm looking into using Eclipse. I'm going to attend University of Maryland Baltimore County this fall with a major in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science.

What would be a good Java library / reference collection to start out with during college to be successful at programming?

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"Thinking in Java" is a good book if you already have some experience in a C-like language.

"Head First Java" is very popular, but you might want to first take a look at it to see whether you like the unusual style.
 
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While this suggestion might be a little out of the box, as a student, you may find one of the better Java Certified Programmer study guides to be very useful. They usually explain a lot of the nuances and gotchas that occur in the Java language - the kind of which Computer Science teachers like to trip you up with. And who knows, at the end of your course, you may even be in a position to get fully certified before you head out into the big, bad world. And it just so happens that the Ranch here maintains a good list of recommended publications.
 
Daniel Lucas
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'll definitely look into them and purchase any that look useful for next year in college.
 
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