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I recently got the book and realized it's for a much older version of java, and i want to know if it is still usable to learn java today. Also i started this book very little self-taught knowledge of programming and am having a hard time grasping the concepts and remembering them, am i doing something wrong?
 
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... a much older version of java


Which version exactly? Hopefully at least 1.5.
 
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Ivan Jozsef Balazs wrote:

... a much older version of java


Which version exactly? Hopefully at least 1.5.


Yea java 5 or 1.5 it says.
 
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There's very little in Java 6 or 7 that a beginner needs to know, so if you have no other gripes with the book, it should still be fine.
 
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Thanks, also do you guys think java is a good first language to learn?
 
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Greetings,

For your last question, java is a good language for a first language - i have taught PL/1, fortran, COBOL, c, c++, java, python and a few others as a first language. Java was one of the easiest, so that is a good candidate.

Now - to add onto that - this is a great site to ask questions - so you will get much support here (if you are willing to do your part). That makes java a great language to start.

Back to your book - that book is the best book that i could think of..... but every one is different --- get another one (or find Thinking of Java on line).

If you really need a text book like book - get Deitel and Deitel - Programming in Java - much more of a formal text book, not no where near as good as Head First to get your head into it - but maybe you are not there yet - my opinion - the best book on learning java is head first (that is an EXCELLENT book) but not everyone has the same needs/want/thinks the same. Get another book and work thru both.

HTH

-steve
 
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:There's very little in Java 6 or 7 that a beginner needs to know, so if you have no other gripes with the book, it should still be fine.


Agreed. The last syntactically relevant major enhancements came with version 1.5 (generics, enhanced loops, autoboxing) - okay, in 1.7 we have try-with-resources,
but on the beginner's level learning first with 1.5 should be fine.
 
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Thanks for all the answers everyone!
 
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