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Understanding java (Beginners)

Steven Ezekwesili

Joined: Nov 30, 2004
Posts: 2
Hello, i guess you know my name already so i'll just go ahead and ask my question. Here goes: I am new to the java programming language and have not been finding too easy understanding the syntax and semantics of the language. I need a guide. I hope to write a certifcation examination some day, but if i continue this way it may take me ages before i ever get a chance to try. I'm in dire need of assistance.
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Jimmy Die
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Joined: Nov 20, 2003
Posts: 97

Of all of the books that helped me understand java, I found that Ivor Hortons Beginning Java 2 quite helpfull. Also Sun Certified Programmer % Developer for Java2 by sierra & bates was helpfull for the scjp, and I still reference this today.

For me the process was not fast. Good luck!

Jimmy Die
Stan James
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Joined: Jan 29, 2003
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Hey, first post! Welcome aboard!

Bruce Eckell's Thinking In Java is a neat introduction and it's a free download!

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi
Layne Lund
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Joined: Dec 06, 2001
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I learned the basics from Cay Horstman and Gary Cornell in Core Java 2. They have just published a new edition for Java 1.5, so I'm sure it's a great way to learn the new features of the language as well.


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Anandh Ramesh
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Joined: Dec 15, 2004
Posts: 61

why not try "java 2: the complete reference" by herbert schilldt?

i tried it and it was good...


cheers,<br />Anandh
Bill Keller

Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 9
These are excellent responses to the question.

But I feel badly for 'newbies' trying to understand ver. info.
Notice references to learning Java 2 from books which are/will be updated for Java 1.5

It's a shame that so many smart people have colaborated so well within the Java community to create Java 2, which is now at ver. 1.5

Who needs that kind of confusion ?
No one should have to explain how we got there.

Anyone who read this far shouldn't leave more confused than informed.
Java 2 is actually a reference to Java 1.2 - probably 'marketing' at work
Java 5 is likely to become the common term for Java 1.5
Parth Sagdeo
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Joined: Mar 18, 2004
Posts: 40
On a sidenote, Java 2 was called that probably because there were so many changes during that time (javax anyone?). I hardly have seen any major changes since then.

P.S. - Netscape should get the award for weirdest marketing. Who's seen Netscape 5?
Abhilash Sasi

Joined: Nov 24, 2004
Posts: 6
"JAVA2 complete reference" is a very good book.
you can also try "java in 21 days"
Abhilash Sasi

Joined: Nov 24, 2004
Posts: 6
"JAVA2 complete reference" is a very good book.
you can also try "java in 21 days"
I agree. Here's the link:
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