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The idea came as a half joke from Ritchie Campbell, he purposed to start a list of all the tutorials that aren't all that great or are hard to follow.
I think it's not half bad, but since it's more importrant to know what to use instead of what not, I'm starting this thread.
The general idea is to tell people here about your experiences with tutorials. Good or bad
Please don't post just a link. Tell people what you liked/disliked or worked/didn't work for you and if you managed to find a better alternative.

I'll start of with a link myself that every javadeveloper should know by heart: JavaDocs
 
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The Java™ Tutorials is the most comprehensive source of tutorial‑style information I have ever seen. Some of the sections, e.g. this one about bitwise operators, are too short. Too much of the code is shown in the main method. That is a convenient way to execute a code block on its own, but it risks teaching beginners that you should put code in the main method. The GUI section shows display classes implementing ActionListener, which I think is wrong.
The pages say they have been updated to Java8; some, like that GUI page, don't look any different from older versions, otherwise they would use λs. Some pages, e.g. in the Collections section, obviously have been updated to Java8, and the IO section has been updated to Java7. I think the updating has been done well, and the more recent pages are better than the older ones. I still refer to the tutorials all the time, and have bookmarked that page.
 
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Not a tutorial, but a guide to javadoc comments.
 
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The w3schools.com Java® tutorial is one I am not at all impressed with.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:The w3schools.com Java® tutorial is one I am not at all impressed with.



Not for java... but as said in a different thread, when I first started building websites I found it usefull from time to times
 
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Since my guess is we're not focussing on java alone:
Tutorialpoint has tons of easy to follow tutorials on a wide range of subjects and is completly free to use.
There are tutorials for all levels of experience and all tutorials clearly state what prerequisites are expected from you.
 
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When it comes to basic netwerk stuff I always found Eli The Computerguy verry helpfull.
This is a youTubechannel with a wide variety of network related subjects.
Keep in mind that people with a lot of networkexperience most likely will get anoyed by the simplefying of things, but for people with limit experience it could be a good source.
 
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Daniel Demesmaecker wrote:when I first started building websites I found it usefull from time to times


The web section, too, is full of obsolete and buggy advice. Avoid it like the plague. If you need a reference site, https://developer.mozilla.org/ is heard to beat.
 
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Daniel Demesmaecker wrote:. . . Tutorialpoint has tons of easy to follow tutorials . . .

I had a quick look at their λs tutorial, and I think it goes too quickly for a beginner to understand. Have another look please.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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