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Eddie Lee

Joined: Apr 27, 2005
Posts: 20
I'm an ASP developer, I'm new to the Java world and I wanted to know what I should study after I've learned the semantics of the language. I think I'm pretty comfortable now with interpretting code now I just need to get some hands on experience with coding something usefull.

Any one have any suggestions on what I can do to get more familiar. I ultimately want to be able to work with IBM Websphere Portlets and other web components. Thanks.
Hentay Duke
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Joined: Oct 27, 2004
Posts: 198
I think right here at JavaRanch there are some code examples and exercises, they would be a good place to start. Also getting one of those "Cookbook" type of books can be good for someone who likes to learn from existing code.
Adam Vinueza
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Joined: Apr 16, 2001
Posts: 76
Going through the Cattle Drive exercizes should be useful. If you want to work on web components, the Servlets part should be a good introduction to the basics of Java web services. You might also want to play around with Tomcat and Apache Axis.
Ariel Ortiz
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Joined: May 14, 2004
Posts: 121
Hi Eddie,

I would recommend you two great books to get you started:

"Head First Java, 2E" Kathy Sierra, et al
O'Reilly & Associates, Published 2005, 2nd edition, ISBN 0596009208

"Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam" Bryan Basham, et al
O'Reilly & Associates, Published 2004, ISBN 0596005407

Eddie Lee

Joined: Apr 27, 2005
Posts: 20
Thanks I'll check those books out.
But, I think I'm ready to do some hard coding now. I've read so much lately my neck hurts from lack of movement.
sandip pol

Joined: Apr 29, 2005
Posts: 3
core java by cay Horstman ,gary cornell
just java by peter vander lindon it is nice book
m brown
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Joined: Mar 01, 2005
Posts: 57
im reading the head first java book and so far its probably the best book ive ever read
tim mahoney
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Joined: Apr 19, 2005
Posts: 33
Im new to java also. Go here and work with the app example:
Eddie Lee

Joined: Apr 27, 2005
Posts: 20
I read the Core Java Book also, a great introductory book to Java.
I also finished the cattle ranch examples on javaranch. They were very usefull. Anyone have links to anything like those examples?

Steve Morrow
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Joined: May 22, 2003
Posts: 657

learning java
Installation Notes - JDK 5.0 Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
Your First Cup of Java
Essentials, Part 1, Lesson 1: Compiling & Running a Simple Program
The Java� Tutorial - A practical guide for programmers
New to Java Center
How To Think Like A Computer Scientist
Introduction to Computer Science using Java
The Java Developers Almanac 1.4
JavaRanch: a friendly place for Java greenhorns

Object-Oriented Programming Concepts
Object-oriented language basics
Don't Fear the OOP

Head First Java, by Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra
Thinking in Java (Free online), by Bruce Eckel
Core Java, by Cay Horstmann and Gary Cornell

The Craftsman Series
Java Design: Building Better Apps and Applets (2nd Edition)
Effective Java, by Joshua Bloch
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