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Edisandro Bessa
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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Hi All,

My brother has just started to study the Java language.

I would like to help him buying some GOOOOOOOOD book.

Do you have some suggestions for me ?

I've heard Thinking in Java 4th edition and Head First Java are very good ones and covers the new Java 5 version.

What are your opinions about these two books. What is better ? Are there another good ones for begginers ?

I am really interested about your suggestions.

Thanks.


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marc weber
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Originally posted by Edisandro Bessa:
...I've heard Thinking in Java 4th edition and Head First Java are very good ones and covers the new Java 5 version.

What are your opinions about these two books. What is better ? Are there another good ones for begginers? ...

These are definitely the top two, and I don't think you can go wrong with either one.

The styles are very different, so which is "better" depends largely on what the reader is more comfortable with. In general, I would lean towards Head First for true beginners. If someone already has some programming background and is accustomed to more "technical" presentations, then they might prefer TIJ.

Another thing to consider is that there is a whole series of Head First books that all use the same approach. So Head First Java is a good introduction for Head First Design Patterns, Head First Servlets, etc.


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Edisandro Bessa
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Thank you Marc !

Please let me ask you one more thing.

I've heard that book Sams teach yourself Java in 21 days also would be a good one.

What is your honest opinion about this book when comparing to the previous two mentioned books ?

Last question, I swear !

Does Head First Java 2nd Edition cover all new Java 5 features, such as Generics, Wrapper Classes, AutoBoxing, StringBuilder, etc ... ?

And finally, supposing that I choose to buy Head First Java 2nd Edition, do you know whether this book comes with a CD-ROM containing code exercises and/or a book pdf version for studying on-the-go ?

Thanks in Advance.
Edisandro.
Barry Gaunt
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Take a look at Jeff Langr's Agile Java.


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Rusty Shackleford
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Another good one is Big Java. It is different then Head First Java. Big Java is more computer science centric(meaning it goes deeper into algorithms, mathematics, hardware, ect) as opposed to merely learning some syntax and how to use a fair number of API classes. Which direction is better depends on the goals of the learner.


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