Sorry if this is a common question. I am new to java but not to programming. This is a little hard to explain. Can applications written for web pages also be run by themselves? What I mean is I am only interested application development and not so much in website development. I guess the only influence I have from java is what I see on websites, and I never really thought of it as a language for writting applications till I moved over to Linux. I hope that's clear enough.
Also what books do you suggest? I mean taking into consideration and I have little to no interest in web development what type of books should I be looking at?
I've seen some nice applications written in java and when I first started working with it (about an hour ago) I liked the syntax allot. It reminds me allot of the .NET languages which I enjoyed very much.
So anyway, thanks for your time and please excuse my questions if the answers are really that obvious.
No need to apologize. This forum exists for asking such questions.
So, yes. Java is a programming language used to create desktop applications, as well as server-side and small device (such as cell phones) applications. Java does make an appearance on some web pages in the form of Java Applets, which are programs embedded in a web page that execute on the clients machine, through a web browser.
Here is a list of free on-line Java tutorials and books that I have found useful: