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Ivan Addeo
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Good evening I've a question, current version of Java is 8. I'm currently studying from Head First Java that covers Java 5. Can i use it? What're the arguments i've to upgrade?

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Since you can pick up an HFJ for a very low price second‑hand, yes. It remains good for beginners, but you would need something else to add knowledge of more recent features. You can start with the Java Tutorials.

Preferably before the Tutorials are updated to Java9
 
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Ok, i'm using it for now. In newer version of java are there same news in base concepts too? Or i can study from this book and then read something else?

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The basic concepts have been the same for thirty years.
 
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Echoing what others have said, there are basic concepts of Java that haven't changed in Java 8.

However, if you want to get a good book that discusses the new features introduced in Java 8 namely, lambda expressions, functional interfaces, method references, streams and parallel processing, default methods, and functional style programming, I would recommend Java 8 in Action from Manning.

This is not a book for absolute beginners in Java. you should already know Java, especially anonymous classes. It's not an easy read because the new features I mentioned are not that easy to understand but the authors have a very approachable and direct style despite two of them having backgrounds in academics. There are also plenty of code examples to help you understand the material better.
 
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Junilu Lacar wrote: . . . Java 8 in Action from Manning. . . .
Is that Urma Fusco and Mycroft? I have a copy (well four, three eCopies and one paper) and I agree with the recommendation.
 
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Thank you very much for the tips! So i can study all the book?

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