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Brad Bullock
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I am considering buying a book to refresh some of my skills with Java. I took an elective course once, but have forgotten much of it since then. I do much better with a structured book or website to help me "get my feet wet" and wanted to know from some of you, which are the best options for me to possibly look at purchasing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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The Oracle online Java Tutorial is pretty decent for a fairly light introduction to the language and its constructs.

I have seen Head First Java being recommended quite regularly although I must say I have not studied it myself. "Back in the day" I studied with a Deitel & Deitel book which if I'm honest wasn't great. I have read a couple of other titles from the Head First series and have found them to be excellent so I would expect much the same from the Java book.
 
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muchos gracias. will go through the tutorial and look up those books.
 
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You're welcome.

Before I forget, I gave some similar advice over here earlier on suggesting that when working on the "Getting Started" trail that you skip the NetBeans IDE stuff to begin with. IDE's are great but then you're starting out it is essential that you learn how to work manually with the command line to learn how to organise, compile, and run you code. There are a couple of similar sections in the tutorial that cover this for Windows and *NIX/Linux platforms.
 
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