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What book(s) should I get for learning Java?

Asked by Jreemy (168points) September 6th, 2008

I am trying to begin learning how to code in Java since I will not have a computer science class for at least a year. Can anyone make any recommendations on some good books for this?

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tWrex's avatar

Can you clarify one thing before I answer. Are you looking to learn Java or Javascript? There’s a HUGE difference between them, so that’s why I’m asking.

Jreemy's avatar

The course offered at my Univeristy simply says 1351 Java Programming (3–0). Programming concepts and development in the Java language. So I would assume just Java. I realize there is a difference, I just don’t know which they intend on teaching.

paulc's avatar

Pretty much everyone I know recommends the Core Java series.

tWrex's avatar

What @paulc recommends is def good and yeah I’m assuming Java not Script based on what you said. If you’d rather spend no money this is what I would do.

Go download NetBeans unless you have a programming program you already enjoy. I like Notepad++ on windows for quick things, but NetBeans is the bees knees (yes I really did just use that term) when it comes to Java development. (Plus it’s totally cross platform so that’s a huge selling point for me since my own house is a mixed os environment)

Then start here because starting with the free stuff is always better.

You can also use this as another reference place.

Lastly, cheat sheets are really useful. I still keep my VI cheat sheet taped above my monitor. I haven’t found one quite as nice as the ones from Added Bytes for Java, but they still work.

rossmcf's avatar

Head First Java is a fantastic book. I much preferred it to ‘Java Java Java, Object-Oriented Problem Solving’ by Morelli, suggested by my University course.

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