OK, got your attention ! I have a question for all the JavaRanchers . I am looking for a java book that does not teach me java but rather gives me problems to solve and then after I think I have the solution I can look at what the author had as the coding solution. Is that what a cookbook is ? and or is there anything out in publication or on the web that does something close to what I am looking for? I know java , but I am looking to advance my programming skills past the basics . Thank you for any help into this question.
No. A cookbook is a step by step list of instructions to accomplish a task.
I think you would be better served by a book or website with exercises. "Thinking in Java" has some at the end of each chapter. The Cattle Drive here is nothing but exercises. And many college professors put up course assignments that you could use.