This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I would recommend Head First Java instead. It's highly praised, and does not sound as degrading as "for dummies". I don't know what the publisher was thinking, but if somebody gave me such a book I'd hit him/her in the head with it.
They were thinking "Wow, people really respond well to a little self-deprecating humor, because we've sold tens of millions of these things."
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Ryan Shaw wrote: only 650pages to go
It's a small book, then?
I would agree with the people who prefer "Head First" over "Dummies". Although Burd, who writes the Dummies books, does a very good job indeed of explaining things like control structures, "Head First" has the great advantage that it introduces something much more difficult to understand: object orientation. There is obvious object-orientation from the very beginning in "Head First," much more so than in the "Dummies" book I have seen.
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I am using Head First Servlets and JSP now..... I suggested Dummies book because sometimes it helps a *too much* beginner and its not that useless for people facing a programming language first time in their life ;)
Sudarshan Kadam wrote:I am using Head First Servlets and JSP now..... I suggested Dummies book because sometimes it helps a *too much* beginner and its not that useless for people facing a programming language first time in their life ;)
Well, not to deny! I too like Dummies Series. But no matter what, "HF" series has almost always been the "cup of tea", 'book of choice" of any level of programmers. People may say a different opinion if they have never glanced the HF series once!