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Tom Rafferty
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I am basically new to coding. I come from a solid networking background. I have some very basic, limited, exposure to HTML and basic language.
I have watched some online tutorials and played with some beginning Java programs, like "Hello World".
A friend suggested I get Head First Java. I was wondering if there was something I should get first? Is that a good starting book?
 
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Welcome to the Ranch.

I don't know about the Head First Java book (I don't have it myself), but many people seem to like it.

Oracle has a comprehensive set of tutorials, from the absolute beginner level until advanced topics: Oracle Java Tutorials

Have fun learning Java and don't hesitate to ask questions here!
 
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Also, The Bunkhouse is a good place to look for reviews of Java books and many others.
 
Tom Rafferty
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Thanks a lot. I'm sure I'll have lots more questions as I learn.
 
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Head First Books are great. If you going to start learning Java it's a good book. But make sure that you stick to the book you start with, don't read multiple books at the same time, they make you go
 
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There are a gazillion books on learning Java but I don't think you'll go far wrong with the Head First one. I have the Head First Design Patterns and still refer to it regularly and a colleague swears by the Object-Oriented Analysis & Design. What I'm trying to say is that they're a good series and you'll get good mileage out of it.

Also recommend the Oracle online tutorials that Jesper mentions. Concise but effective.

Have fun with it, and you know where to come if you get stuck...
 
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Please search this forum. You will find lots of other discussions about books, including one from earlier this week.
 
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