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prerna boja
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Joined: Aug 19, 2004
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I am new to Java programming.I just have a very less knowledge in programming. i am trying to learn Java on my own. I at present learning from Java2 a beginners guide by Murach. I like to know how to go with Java and also like to know where can I get some small projects which I can do on my own.I will be thank ful if anybody can suggest me how to learn Java.
Shashank Agarwal
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Joined: May 20, 2004
Posts: 105
Well, i've not used the book that ur talking about. But well there are several books that can be helpful. Also, sun's site has several good tutorials. And then there are search engines that can be helpful getting you out of trouble. and finally, there is JavaRanch, where ur sure to get help (not like this post ). About small project, i think you should stick on to the assignments that would be at the end of every chapter in the book u are referring.

Anyways, happy programming.
kiennjal shah
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Joined: Jun 17, 2004
Posts: 31
Hey Prerna,

I myself, am pretty new to Java. However, I have started by looking at online tutorials. Also shashank is very right about java ranch. It is really helpful and I must say that I have benefitted by the forums and FAQs and other stuff posted here.

these are my 2cents, hope it helps.


jim gotti
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Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Posts: 36
let me preface this by saying i get no royalties for mentioning this book =p...but Head First Java has done wonders for my learning of Java Basics. Since i am a visual learner and become bored VERY easily when drudging through 'normal' tutorials or texts, Head First has saved the day for me. In fact after being away from Java for some time, I plan on redoing the excercises in it starting this weekend. You can check out a few chapters online
Here and see if its teaching style appeals to you before buying it (always a major plus to see what a book is about before you purchase)

Another fun way to learn Java is to build a robot! check out RoboCode. Its not as slow moving as Head that it sort of doesnt explain everything up front, however it CREATES something visual and fun right from the start and sort of explains stuff after you create and see things in motion.

A buddy of mine who has never steered me wrong in recommending books to me suggested i check out Just Java 2, however i havent yet so i cannot personally give you a thumbs up or not.

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Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
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
  • JavaRanch's own Campfire Stories
  • Allen B. Downey's How To Think Like A Computer Scientist

  • Places to find Java Projects:
  • The JavaRanch Cattle Drive
  • Roedy Green's List of Student Java Projects
  • Projects associated with various chapters of Bradley Kjell's Introduction to Computer Science using Java - the project links are on the right side of the page
  • Projects associated with various chapters of David J. Eck's Introduction to Programming Using Java
  • The SCJD Development Team
  •'s Java Foundries
  • The Jakarta Project

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