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hello java collective..

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good book for beginner/intermediate java programmers...

preferrably a book that's not too boring and lenghty (*cough cough* Deitel)and easy to understand?

Thanks a bunch.

JP
 
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Have you looked at the Bunkhouse?

one of the most popular ones around here is "Head First Java", written by the JavaRanche's very own Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra (Kathy always gets top billing, so i mixed it up for you, Bert!!!).
 
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Thanks Fred, i'll definitely look into that..does "headfirst java" dive into java 5.0?

Also, what in your opinion is the best way to learn java?


Thanks,


JP
 
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Originally posted by John Park:
Thanks Fred, i'll definitely look into that..does "headfirst java" dive into java 5.0?

Also, what in your opinion is the best way to learn java?


Thanks,


JP


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Originally posted by John Park:
...does "headfirst java" dive into java 5.0?

Also, what in your opinion is the best way to learn java? ...

Yes, the current edition (2nd) of Head First Java does cover version 5.0. I know your question was directed to fred, but in my opinion, the best way to learn Java is to get a good resource (like Head First), bookmark the API documentation, write lots of practice code (using a simple text editor and the javac command line compiler -- no IDEs), and visit JavaRanch frequently.
 
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HFJ second edition does cover 1.5.

the "best way" to learn anything is often dependant on the individuals student's learning style. However, i think just about everyone would agree that writing code is pretty good.

start by taking some examples from some of the books, and transcribe them (by hand). odds are you'll make mistakes. by fixing those mistakes, you start to learn the syntax.

then, once it runs, start changing a few things in the code. play around with things. look at code in other examples and try and do something similar in your code.

you may want to check out the CattleDrive we offer here. you don't have to pay to see the problems, and you can try writing them yourself.

ask questions. that's why we're here. then ask more questions.

you may want to read this before you do ask the questions.
 
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Thanks to all that responded...javaranch is awesome
 
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