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Bobby Lawler
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I'm completely new to programming and found a book that my mother will be purchasing soon. Please judge the book off of the content and not the price as I'll be purchasing a used copy.

Introduction to Java Programming, 9th Edition

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Welcome to Javaranch!

I haven't heard about that book what you have referred in your post. I would recommend the following title:

Herbert Schildt - Beginning Java
 
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Head first Java is also good book.
 
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@Joe Harry

I actually used to own that book. I don't think it's for beginners. I purchased it last year, but I couldn't understand some of the things it was talking about. I remember having trouble with the loops section. What exactly did I have trouble with? I'm not sure, but I do remember loops being involved. I traded it in to Amazon for a gift card.


I need a book that's for the complete beginner and not someone that already knows how to program.
 
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Tushar Goel wrote:Head first Java is also good book.


I need a book that's for the complete beginner to programming

 
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I would think the Amazon reviews would be useful.
After a quick glance though them, something emerged that you need to beware buying second hand copy.
Apparently access to the online resources for the book is subscription based, and you might not have access to it buying the book second hand.
 
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Stefan Evans wrote:I would think the Amazon reviews would be useful.
After a quick glance though them, something emerged that you need to beware buying second hand copy.
Apparently access to the online resources for the book is subscription based, and you might not have access to it buying the book second hand.


I know. I wasn't going to use some of the online resources they provided anyways. I was just going to use this book and video tutorials by a personal named "Derek Banas" to supplement my learning.
The only thing I noticed that I'm missing out on is LiveLabs & chapter 35 - 50(I can learn this stuff from other resources and probably for free). Here's the website for the book: http://www.cs.armstrong.edu/liang/intro9e/
I can take the tests and see solutions without registering. I'm going to download the entire website later.

I'll also be using other places to test my knowledge, so I don't need anything that the subscription offers.
 
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I would suggest that if you are going to use Liang you go for the newer edition because the one you quoted only covers Java7.
 
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And welcome to the Ranch
 
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Bobby Lawler wrote:I'm completely new to programming and found a book that my mother will be purchasing soon. Please judge the book off of the content and not the price as I'll be purchasing a used copy.

Introduction to Java Programming, 9th Edition

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Ciao, my suggestion is collect all the data you need by several sources and then decide which one is good for you,
in theory you could even follow a java tutorial scheme in internet and then go deep searching more examples.

More I am working on learning Java and android more it is clear that the first problem is to understand how to find the right snippets of knowledge one needs.
If you chose head first java, consider that now exists Java 8... the book was quite outdated although cool. I would even recommend you to follow tutorials video that you can find everywhere.

good luck.
 
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Try this.
 
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Knute Snortum wrote:Try this.

well Knutte I have to wave a flag for you, John the instructor is such a nice guy, he replied me always by private emails for every doubt, I followed the Java and the android courses, it is pretty cool because you see second by second what is written, in which order. Still I recommend to our friend that wrote the post to follow several sources, more you learn and think, more you understand the Java mentality.

EDIT: cancelled my second suggestion, probably was quite stupid and not opportune. It was regarding finding on this forum synergies between Android and Java.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:I would suggest that if you are going to use Liang you go for the newer edition because the one you quoted only covers Java7.


I would've went with the 10th edition, but some of the reviews are stating that there are many typos and code that doesn't work.
 
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Knute Snortum wrote:Try this.

Would it be a good idea to use this along with Introduction to Java 9th Edition?
 
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Bobby Lawler wrote:
Knute Snortum wrote:Try this.

Would it be a good idea to use this along with Introduction to Java 9th Edition?

No, either/or. I'd probably go with Intro to Java.
 
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Knute Snortum wrote:
Bobby Lawler wrote:
Knute Snortum wrote:Try this.

Would it be a good idea to use this along with Introduction to Java 9th Edition?

No, either/or. I'd probably go with Intro to Java.


Alright! Thanks for helping me.

I will be purchasing the 9th edition of Introduction to Java.
 
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Bobby Lawler wrote:
Stefan Evans wrote:I would think the Amazon reviews would be useful.
After a quick glance though them, something emerged that you need to beware buying second hand copy.
Apparently access to the online resources for the book is subscription based, and you might not have access to it buying the book second hand.


I know. I wasn't going to use some of the online resources they provided anyways. I was just going to use this book and video tutorials by a personal named "Derek Banas" to supplement my learning.


"Well Hello Internet!"

Derek Banas is a great supplementary.

And I thought I recognised the name John Purcell too. Just seen his photo - Cave of programming is another very good resource!
 
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