This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
I have been trying to learn Java from the book "Teach Yourself Java" by Joseph O'Neil and Herb Schildt for a few days now, and am not really understanding it. The book is poorly written with bad examples and confusing presentation of new concepts. Do you all have any recommendations for a good first Java book?
Hi I think Head First ,by Kathy Seirra is one of the best books for begineers. Its very basic & easy book.everything explained very beautifully with pictures & markings. The 'complete Reference' is also good ,but not as simple as first one is.
I started on that same book and went on a journey of several others, and wound up with Head First Java. The thing I noticed was that I don't even think "Teach Yourself Java" was a Java 2 book. Mine was printed back in the 90's and once on a visit to B&N I saw it, checked it, and it was the exact same printing... I figured this CAN'T bode well.
While I have a couple of others HFJ really appeals to me and my sense of humor. Good stuff.
SCJP - 86% - June 11, 2009
Joined: Jun 27, 2007
...yea this book has a copyright date of 1999...I didn't notice that.