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Where to go after Beginner level Java?

Chuck Mondi
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
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I am almost quite done my Head First Java book and will no doubt need to continually use the concepts in the book in order to enhance my Java skills. After I get done the book, what would everyone recommend I do? Is there a good intermediate book for Java? Besides reading a book, what could I do to enhance my Java skills to the next level? Note: Eventually, I would like to do Java EE development.
John de Michele

Joined: Mar 09, 2009
Posts: 600
Effective Java, 2E, by Bloch is a good place to start.

Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46337
Lots and lots of practice. If you find a copy of the Deitel "how to" books (use the 6th or 7th editions) they have lots of exercises at the end of each chapter. Go through that sort of thing. Find a site called or similar, and look at their exercises. There are lots of other places to get practice.

If you want a book, for general Java I would put Horstmann and Cornell very high on the list.

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