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Daniel Loranz
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 41
I just stumbled across JavaRanch and am interested in the Cattle Drive. The site mentions getting "Just Java 2" by Peter van der Linden. Is that info current? Are most folks working through the Cattle Drive using that book?

Katrina Owen

Joined: Nov 03, 2006
Posts: 1367
The book isn't a requirement. I did get the book when I started the Cattle Drive, and found it both useful, helpful, and entertaining.

I can't speak for any of the others, though
Rory Lynch
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Joined: Aug 03, 2007
Posts: 95
I bought the book from Amazon when I started the Cattle Drive.
Worth every penny.

So is the Cattle Drive.

My advice is start the Cattle Drive and buy the book, but dont wait to have the book in your hand before attempting the first assignment.

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fred rosenberger
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 11955

I am not using the book, but i've been programming for 9 years, and using java for 5-6.

There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
Marilyn de Queiroz

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
Posts: 9059
Many students use Just Java 2. Others prefer Head First Java. The page/chapter numbers are a bit off for Just Java 2 because they change with each new edition, but the information is good.

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that's why they call it the present." Eleanor Roosevelt
Carol Murphy
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Joined: Mar 15, 2001
Posts: 1202
I did the drive without the book, but it was because I couldn't get my hands on a copy. I think if I had been able to use the book, I would have made much faster progress, especially at the beginning, and I wouldn't have needed to rely so much on the cattle drive forum to get my elementary questions answered. But everyone on the drive did answer my questions, and gave me a whole lot of emotional/moral/technical support, so my advice is do the drive, with or without the book!
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