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Picking up Java after a few years. Wondering if my book is up to date.  RSS feed

 
Jake Estepp
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I am getting into Java, took a few classes in college about 6 Years ago, and haven't done much Java since then.  I have the book "JAVA in easy steps" Fifth edition and says it covers Java 8.  the books copyright  is 2014.  The question I have is this book is up to date, or close enough that its not a waist of time.  I am primarily an IOS developer working in Swift so I want to first brush up on Java again and then start working on android apps.  Is the book I have a good place to start? thanks for the help
 
Fergus Flanagan
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Not that this will help you much but I'm wanting to do Android development too and I'm using the resources at Cave of Programming to learn java basics, the course is based on Java 6. I've used other resources that teach Java 8 but found them lacking esp for a real beginner like me. But the COP Java is so well taught and down to earth I will worry about catching up with the new developments after I've grasped the ideas. There is of course the Java resources at Oracle which I'm referencing in parallel.

My advice from a beginner for what it's worth is to use the most digestible material and then worry about picking up the updates later.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

I am not familiar with that book, but if it was printed in 2014 then it is up to date. Java8 is the current version; Java9 is supposed to come out this year, so you might need to update yourself. Don't worry; there is a book promotion for Java9 planned, so you might be lucky. Watch the top of the forum fo announcements in 2½ weeks.
 
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