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Felix Black
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Hi guys,

I registered here a couple of months ago, as I was plannign to begin learning Java, then things went a touch mad....moved job... house etc, and I havne had a moment to write any code outside of work recently.

Anywho .... <waves> It's about time i pulled my finger out and started working towards that SCJP pass of 95% that i have my eyes on

I am trying to selecta book to start teaching myself the basics .... the one I have seems out of date.

But im confused .....

what SDK version are we on?.... (what is the SDK)

What is Java 2?? ---- and is this what i should be learning?

anyhow... these are the books im looking at... could someone possibly answer my questions and get me over that first hurdle of actually knowing WHAT to learn

Java 2 for Dummies

head first java

Beginnning Java for dummies

I have an old version of the last one.... but its for SDK 2.0 (whatever that is) and i notice we are on SDK 6.0 now.

Lol ... sorry for the noobish questions, any chance someone could please take the time to explain all this to me?

Really appreciate the help chaps
 
Shoumin Li
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The three book all are good,I perfer to the head firs java.
If you use Java 2 Standard Edition SDK ,it's actullay version 6.0
They are same,just the sun skiped some thing.
 
Katrina Owen
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I also like the Head First Java immensely.

When I first got started (without Head First Java), I could not figure out some very central basic concepts. I spent several days straight struggling with what should have been a simple program (this is also before I discovered JavaRanch). Head First Java cleared up my confusion on those particular aspects in the course of about 36 hours.

I also really like Just Java 2, which I discovered sometime after getting my hands on Head First Java. It is extremely well written, covers subjects in depth, and progresses in an orderly fashion, so you don't suddenly find yourself wondering if you missed a chapter. I love the wry, tongue-in-cheek tone that the author has at times. It is much more formal than the Head First book, and the two complement each other extremely well, to my mind.

Best of luck to you
 
Jesper de Jong
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As you can see on Sun's Java website, the current version of Java is version 6.0. The most recent version of SCJP is about Java 5.0. So if you are going to prepare for SCJP, use version 5.0 (there's not so much difference with 6.0, but it's best to use the version that matches exactly with the SCJP you are taking).

Long ago when Java version 1.2 was released, Sun decided to call it "Java 2". But the "2" really doesn't mean anything. With the latest versions of Java they have dropped the "2" again. What do you mean with "SDK 2.0", do you mean "Java 2 SDK version 1.2"? That's really old. If you are preparing for SCJP, get JDK 5.0, which you can find here: JDK 5.0 Downloads.
 
James Hambrick
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I think there were big advancements in Java when they made 1.2 so they wanted to show it, by calling it Java2.
 
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