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Eddie Lee
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
Posts: 20
Hi,
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

...Ariel
Eddie Lee
Greenhorn

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
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Joined: Apr 29, 2005
Posts: 3
refer
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:

http://java.sun.com/j2ee/tutorial/1_3-fcs/doc/JSPIntro3.html
Eddie Lee
Greenhorn

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?

Thanks.
Steve Morrow
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Joined: May 22, 2003
Posts: 657

learning java
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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

Books:
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

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