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Bob Ivanovich
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So I finished my AP Computer Science Class which was based on Java and now I am left wondering where do I continue? Basically what we did this year was inheritance, sorting algorithms, for loops, while loops,interfaces, abstract classes . . . I am about to start learning some additional algorithms that are considered to be essential but after that I really don't know in what direction to head and what to focus on. I would appreciate any suggestions and would love to hear any good books that would be appropriate for anyone at my level. Thank you!
 
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Bob,
I think the next thing you should learn are more advanced core Java concepts (such as autoboxing and generics). And also JDBC (databases.) I recommend Herb Schildt's "Java, the Complete Reference"
 
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Thanks Jeanne! I'll make sure to re-look autoboxing and unboxing. JDBC sounds cool I'll have to look into that. I might as well put some of the stuff I learned to practice and try to create a small game in the console
 
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I think there are better books than that. Have you been through our books pages?
 
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I don't know the Schildt book, but "complete reference" (if "reference" is indeed what it is) sounds like it might not be the best approach for someone just starting out - a tutorial might be better suited. You could look through the Oracle Java Tutorial, and see if anything jumps out at you as particularly interesting.
 
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