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Dan Rh Jones
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 16, 2011
Posts: 19
Hi

So I have just signed my life away and joined you guys. Looking forward to the nitpicking.

The book you suggest Just Java™ 2 (6th Edition), is this a must? I have Head first Java already. Will this suffice? If so is there a recommended order to the chapters that would relate to the assignments?

Cheers

Dan
Carol Murphy
village idiot
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Joined: Mar 15, 2001
Posts: 1194
I completed the drive years ago without the JustJava2 book. I used any Java book I could lay my hands on, and a few online resources, but mostly just the help of the other ranchers was sufficient to get me through. The book does help with understanding theory and background information and terminology, so it is helpful, but not a must!
Katrina Owen
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Joined: Nov 03, 2006
Posts: 1357
    
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It's not a requirement.

Some students have mentioned using "Head First Java" by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. Others do as Carol did and use whatever they can get their hands on and asking for help in the forum (and googling).

You could try Bruce Eckel's "Thinking in Java" which is available for free online. (Not sure which edition is the most recent).
Daniel Doboseru
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Joined: Sep 26, 2011
Posts: 57
You could try Bruce Eckel's "Thinking in Java" which is available for free online. (Not sure which edition is the most recent).

Currently is at 4th edition. But I truly recommend SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide. Thinking in Java is more like a "fairy-tale book" when compared to this one, which is more objective in my opinion.
Katrina Owen
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Ah, nice! Thanks for the suggestion.
Mohamed Sanaulla
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Daniel Doboseru wrote:
But I truly recommend SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide available for download here: SCJP Download.


I think this book is not available for free download.


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Katrina Owen
Sheriff

Joined: Nov 03, 2006
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Hi Mohamed, you are correct. That book can be purchased from Amazon.com.
zac efron
Greenhorn

Joined: Jan 12, 2012
Posts: 1
Hey

I need some advice on a book for learning Java for an absolute beginner.

I am planning to get the Java All-in-one reference book for dummies (for reference) but i will also need a proper book to teach me Java step by step.

I have looked at most Java books around, but can't really decide which will be most suitable for me. I have no programming experience at all, but i need a book that will start off simple and take me through to the tricky OO stuff.

If anyone has any personal recommendations that'd be awesome

thanks
Mohamed Sanaulla
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Head First Java is a good option.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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