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I started recently to study Java using the book from Oracle, actually both Java A Beginner's Guide 6th Edition and Java The Complete Reference 9th Edition, I also got Java for Dummies 6th Edition.
Thought to start this thread so we can use it like some kind of study group if there are any other persons using the same books in their studies. We can post questions or details we need to discuss further.


I am on Program Control Statements, Chapter 3 so far.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

I would recommend different books for beginners, maybe Head First Java by Sierra and Bates, which you can buy at a very reasonable price since it is now rather old.
 
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I would recommend Core Java from Cay Horstmann. Nice book!!
 
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Thank you for your replies.
 
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Agree Horstmann is an excellent book, but it isn't really a beginners' book.
 
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I just got this book too. I think the explanations are good, but I want to run it in Eclipse, not the command line. I don't know how to get Schildt's downloaded source code (which is in a .lst file extension of all things, not .java), into a project in Eclipse.

When I actually open a .lst file from the download in Sublime text, it is java source code.

Anyone know how to get these files into .java & then a project in Eclipse?

Thanks.

PS: I've used 3 Head First books & I personally dont like them as the source code you download is either missing, or is incorrect & doesn't follow the book. I read HTML CSS, Javascript & jQuery books of theirs. I wasn't happy.
 
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Joe Hansen wrote:
Anyone know how to get these files into .java & then a project in Eclipse?



If they are plain text files then you can just change the file extension to .java, but please read this to understand why you should not be using Eclipse yet.
 
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Head First Language is bit hard for me to understand. I have used complete reference.

Do they have zip file to download. If yes then you can import as archived file into workspace.
 
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What I did when I wanted to test the downloaded code was first to create a new project in Eclipse,
then create a new class and
then copied and pasted the code, for which I used Notepad to read, inside the newly created class.

*You have to use the same Class name between the listing and the Class you create in Eclipse.

After reading Kevvin's post I am convinced to start by using a text editor and I would like to ask your opinion about jEdit, it seems that can be used as a plain text editor but also using the plugins could be slowly transformed to an IDE, so what do you suggest jEdit or gEdit?
 
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Beginners should usually avoid IDEs. And NotePad is a poor editor for programming use.
 
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