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Will Head First Java be enough to program?

andrew dale
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Will the book "Head First Java" teach me enough to know how to program myself?

I'm looking to eventually get into programming Android Apps.

What do you guys think? And do you have any suggestions on how I should make my path to my ultimate goal of being able to code my own Android apps

Thank you.


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Mohamed Sanaulla
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Head First Java should be good enough to help you understand Java, Java APIs and OO programming.

So in my opinion that should be good enough starting point for Android.


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Rob Spoor
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Enough to program? Yes.
Enough to program Java? Yes.
Enough to program Android? No.

You see, Android has its own set of APIs which you will need to learn. However, with HFJ you will have all the basis you need to learn to use those APIs.


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Mohamed Sanaulla
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And by Good enough starting point I mean- that as Android uses Java, so that should help you a lot in learning the Android API.
andrew dale
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Thank you for the all the responses! Greatly appreciated! Can't wait to get through this book and into a Android API book!
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I quote liked Android User Interface Development Beginner's Guide.
jonathan simon
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andrew dale wrote:And do you have any suggestions on how I should make my path to my ultimate goal of being able to code my own Android apps.


Hi Andrew.

If you like Head First Java, consider reading the early access version of Head First Android Development. It's not finished but it's in pre-release at the moment with 7 chapters available, and more soon to follow. The first four chapters should get you up and running with the Android development environment setup, tools, project setup and basic apps. If you've gone through Head First Java and enjoy the Head First books, Head First Android Development would be a great next book!

Take care,
Jonathan

(P.S. I admit I'm a bit biased as the author of Head First Android Development )
Campbell Ritchie
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jonathan simon wrote: . . . (P.S. I admit I'm a bit biased as the author of Head First Android Development )
As long as you are not a lot biased ... and welcome to the Ranch
jonathan simon
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:As long as you are not a lot biased


Nope, just a little biased

Campbell Ritchie wrote: ... and welcome to the Ranch


Thanks! I've been a lurker for a long time. Figured I should finally join the party!
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You're welcome
Wes McClintock
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The thing I've learned so far, is that you should never use one resource exclusively. because you only learn one persons way of doing something, when there may be a way that's better, or just more suited to you. Of course that's not to say books like that don't help tremendously, but make sure to do research online too, maybe google tutorials etc.
Timothy Oldbean
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jonathan simon wrote:
andrew dale wrote:And do you have any suggestions on how I should make my path to my ultimate goal of being able to code my own Android apps.


Hi Andrew.

If you like Head First Java, consider reading the early access version of Head First Android Development. It's not finished but it's in pre-release at the moment with 7 chapters available, and more soon to follow. The first four chapters should get you up and running with the Android development environment setup, tools, project setup and basic apps. If you've gone through Head First Java and enjoy the Head First books, Head First Android Development would be a great next book!

Take care,
Jonathan

(P.S. I admit I'm a bit biased as the author of Head First Android Development )


Great news! I'm working my way through Head First Java as part of my bachelor in software engineering. When will the full book come out?


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Welcome to the Ranch , Timothy Oldbean
Timothy Oldbean
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Welcome to the Ranch , Timothy Oldbean


Thanks! I think I'll be spending a lot of time on this forum.
 
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