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Best book for java begainers

Chitta Ranjan Mahato
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Joined: Jun 20, 2009
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Hello all !
I want to know best book to learn java for begainers?
thanks in advance.
Kevin Given

Joined: Jun 20, 2009
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Hi, I'm kind of starting too, but I’m on pg 200 of about 600 in a book called Head First Java 2nd Edition (O'Reilly Series). I'm not sure, it's very possible that they have a new version out. Mine is from 2003, I got it at Boarders a couple weeks ago.

Head First Java:
-Like $40
-Lots of Content
-Easy Reading (not like a text book, I read about 20-30 pgs at a time you don't get bored)
-Good for people w/ a little programming experience (I took a year of Programming in C before this, some of the stuff was review for me, but it's tons of new stuff too)
Muhammad Khojaye
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Chitta Ranjan Mahato wrote:Hello all !
I want to know best book to learn java for begainers?
thanks in advance.

Head First Java or Thinking in Java are good books to start learn Java

After reading any of the book, I would highly recommend Effective Java

Thinking in Java is available as a free download here
Cody Long
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Head First Java is definately the best beginner book. it was alot of fun to read and teaches you almost everything about everything about java!!!

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Mike Klein

Joined: Jun 22, 2009
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Actually, I'd recommend that you NOT get Head First Java. I've been working through the book and I find it incredibly frustrating.

Sorry, I don't have a recommendation for other books - that's why I'm here too!
karimkhan pathan
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Thinking in Java is a good book for begineers.

Campbell Ritchie

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Welcome to JavaRanch Mike Klein.

You demonstrate that, although many people like Head First, different people like different books. I happen to like the Deitel books, but I know other people don't. I think as a beginner you will find the "How To" books better value for money than the "for programmers" books. I also think you may find the 6th edition of the Java book second-hand for much less than its new price.
I recommend you go for books which introduce object orientation early (Deitel and Head First do; Dummies and "in 21 days", at least in the copies I have, don't).
Also have a look at our book review pages under "beginning Java".
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