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Hello,

I just started to learn Java couple of months ago, using the awesome "Thinking in Java 4th Edition" from Bruce Eckel. Although I find this book excellent, I find it kind of hard to look up some specific topic, when I'm not sure about it and need a little explanation on that. It's more of a book to read from start to end (which I plan to do), but not really suitable as a reference. Would you please advice me what other book to get for that purpose?

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Welcome to the Ranch.

IMO, Java in a Nutshell, Sixth Edition, (O'Reilly) is a great cross between instructive and reference.
 
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Thank you :-)
That book looks good, I think I'll give it a try.
 
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Hi, I am referring Head First Java book, this one is really cool with real time examples.
 
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Yeah, I generally like Head First books, but for that applies what I wrote in the first post - I don't find it as a reference. Java in a Nutshell, recommended in the previous post, looks much better regarding this. Also, Head First Java 2nd Edition is from 2005, so it doesn't cover latest Java versions.
 
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you should always start with the API documentation. If you do that you may not need a book.
 
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Every body in Java world has its own favorite.
My reference Java book are SCJP 5 Cert guide by Kathy Sierra and Java 7 Programmer I Guide by Mala Gupta. I always refer to these books for any basic and advanced core java concepts.

~ abhay
 
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Thank you everybody, I guess I have my favourite now :-)
 
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Tomas Linhart wrote:Thank you everybody, I guess I have my favourite now :-)

Assuming you read this thread again, I also suggest this one. It's not really a reference book, more of a "why to" one - but if you've already tackled Eckel, then I suspect you may be ready for it.

Best book I've ever read about any computer language (and Java's my 6th ... or 7th ... I forget ).

HIH

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Effective Java is the one I already have ready on the shelf for when I'm done with Thinking in Java :-) And then I'm going for Mala Gupta's book, which I also find perfect. So the goal is set, now just gotta reach it :-)
 
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Tomas Linhart wrote:So the goal is set, now just gotta reach it :-)

And good luck with it.

Winston
 
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"Java How to Program" by Deitel plus a detailed resource about classes, objects, packages that you could read on the net! GLHF!
 
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If you seriously want to master Java programming, based upon my experience I suggest you following book in the same order

1. Head First Java
2. Head First Design Pattern
3. Java Generics and Collection
4. Effective Java
5. Java Performance The Definitive Guide By Scott Oaks

Read more: http://javarevisited.blogspot.com/2014/07/top-5-java-performance-tuning-books.html#ixzz3L2hiiJzd
 
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