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Getting started with JAVA

Mike McGeoy

Joined: Oct 24, 2003
Posts: 1
Quick bio then a simple question!
* I'm getting back into SQA after a 5-6 year layoff (mostly blackbox, some automation tools)
* I'm not really an engineer but given 9+ years in QA feel very comfortable "looking" at code from a testing perspective
* I Have taken a few entry level courses (HTML, XML, SQL -lots of L's!)
* I Have built some good functional websites (HTML and already availble cgi's hooked to Filemaker Pro databases on the back-end
I'm interested in learning Java mostly so that I can enhance my testing skills, but I do like to dabble a little.
What would you suggest?
Mike McGeoy
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24199

You want to run right out and get yourself a copy of Head First Java. Do yourself a favor, and get off on the right foot with this clever and engaging book.

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Mike Parish

Joined: Oct 24, 2003
Posts: 10
I would suggested "Beginning Java 2" by Ivor Horton.
I used his book to learn Java. I started in the IT world as a COBOL/C developer (yeah COBOL) and needed to upgrade my skills. I found this book particularly useful. He usually starts with a simple piece of code and adds more and more layers, explaining as it builds. It's a very 'hands on' type book. There are exercises at the end of each chapter you should attempt. All the answers are available from the '' Website.
Mike Parish Toronto Canada
Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
Welcome to JavaRanch, Mike!
Here is a list of free on-line Java tutorials and books that I have found useful:
  • Sun's Java Tutorial
  • Introduction to Computer Science using Java by Bradley Kjell
  • Introduction to Programming Using Java by David J. Eck
  • Dick Baldwin's Java Programming Tutorials
  • Interactive Programming In Java by Lynn Andrea Stein
  • Bruce Eckel's Thinking In Java

  • [ October 26, 2003: Message edited by: Dirk Schreckmann ]

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