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John Foster

Joined: Mar 17, 2006
Posts: 1
I am about to start to program java but I have no idea what the best way is to learn it. Does anyone have any ideas, or propositions for how is the best way to learn to program java
Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 20521

Well, you could start with the Sun Java Tutorial.


Books: Java Threads, 3rd Edition, Jini in a Nutshell, and Java Gems (contributor)
marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Welcome to JavaRanch!

Beginning steps:
  • Bookmark the API Documentation.
  • Downloaded and install the JDK (Java Development Kit).
  • Run a Hello World program.
  • If you have any problems with the above steps, post back here and someone will help you out. (If it's an installation issue, be sure to mention which operating system you're using.)

    If you're teaching yourself Java, your best resource is going to be a good introductory book, like Head First Java. There are some good free resources on the web (like the Java Tutorial that Henry mentioned above), but buying a really good book will save you a lot of aggravation in the long run.

    "We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer
    I agree. Here's the link:
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    It's not a secret anymore!