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Larrya Anglin

Joined: Jul 15, 2009
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Hi. I've taken a few courses over the years in programming. And have decided that C++ was just too bogged down a learning curve to get any kind of true development going (in a reasonable amount of time). So i decided that Java is the ticket. so my question is I am currently half way through the Head first Java book, what should my next book be?
Also I'd like to get a design patterns to study at the same time with my next book. So I guess that ii should ask; which one is a beginners book supposed to be.
the reasons for java is the easier learning curve, cross platform performance, and true object oriented design.

thank you for your time.

edited for grammar
saqib sarwar
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Joined: Mar 30, 2007
Posts: 77

1. next book for java i would recommend is: Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6/Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5
2. nice book for design patterns is "Head First Design Patterns"

GOF (Gang of Four) is also a very good book for design patterns but it has lots of text to study.

Kind Regards

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Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
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Welcome to JavaRanch

Please search this forum: you find this sort of question comes up frequently, most recently here, which is worth reading.
Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46437
saqib sarwar wrote:GOF (Gang of Four) is also a very good book
Don't call it GOF on this forum; many beginners won't know which book you mean. It is the second book on this search.
I agree. Here's the link:
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