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Looking for a better book to teach myself Java

 
Jake Miller
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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?
 
Lucky J Verma
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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.
 
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Originally posted by Lucky J Verma:
...I think Head First ,by Kathy Seirra is one of the best books for begineers...

Yup, that's the book to use.
 
Jake Miller
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Thanks, just ordered it for pretty good price off of Amazon. I am not sure if I am going to try to return this book I have or not...it might come in handy to have around.
 
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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.
 
Jake Miller
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...yea this book has a copyright date of 1999...I didn't notice that.
 
Mark Dexter
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I agree that Head First is a great book. There are also a lot of good free resources on the web, starting with the Sun Java Tutorials. I continue to find them to be a great reference. Mark Dexter
 
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HEAD FIRST JAVA
 
David McCombs
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If you ever see a Herb Schildt book...RUN!

Head First is pretty good, although tragically light in some places. You can't go to wrong with it.

Another good one is Thinking in Java
 
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