I would prefer not to use any IDE for starting. Start writing your code in simeple text editor like notepad or ultra edit. For the books Head first with Java is the most popular book for the startup.
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Hello all, Thanks for all the responses. I am using Windows. If we learn Java using a notepad - will it be useful when getting a job? Is the 'Eclipse' software freely downloadable? Any websites for it? Thanks again, Jayanthi.
The arguments against using an IDE at first are basically that IDEs can "hide" important details from beginners, and IDEs have their own learning curve that can be frustrating when learning the language at the same time. Once you have a feel for the language and how things are "supposed" to work together, then learning to use an IDE is much easier.