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Alexandre Borges
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I used to be an artist and work with protography, texture creation and 3d modeling. Now I am in computer science, and about a year ago I started to learn Objective-C and recently C#.

Now we are going to use Java for the next two years, and I donĀ“t really know where to start. What do you think about these books:

Java The Complete Reference
http://www.amazon.com/Java-The-Complete-Reference-Edition/dp/0071606300/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340822912&sr=8-1&keywords=java+the+complete+reference

Java Programming
http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Oracle-Press-Poornachandra-Sarang/dp/007163360X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_c
Winston Gutkowski
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Alexandre Borges wrote:What do you think about these books:

Never read 'em, but Head First Java is one of the faves here. It's written by Kathy Sierra, who also wrote, or collaborated in, many of the Sun Certification books.

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Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Winston Gutkowski wrote:
Never read 'em, but Head First Java is one of the faves here.

sorry winston. Head First is not only good book in java. I do say even read bad book ... so that when you read good book some light blow in your mind.

IMO, there is no harm to read books......
William P O'Sullivan
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Welcome Alex!

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Aniruddh Joshi
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was the first java book I read back in 2004. It is decent for a beginner. Explains OOPS very well.
Not sure if Head First Java was published by then.


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Greg Charles
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I wasn't familiar with the term protography, and I originally thought you meant to type photography, or did you?

I learned Java using Java in a Nutshell (newly updated to cover Java 1.1!) so my experience isn't really going to help you there. I've liked the Heads First books I've read, but I haven't read the Java one. A good place to look for reviews is The Bunkhouse
Tim McGuire
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I think everyone should read Effective Java by Joshua Bloch as early as possible. If you already learned C Sharp, you can probably skip over a lot of introductory stuff. Why waste time and money on books that just cover introductory syntax that you can absorb just by solving a few exercises?
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Tim McGuire wrote:I think everyone should read Effective Java by Joshua Bloch as early as possible.

what about big java, core java volumes? :)
Jesper de Jong
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Effective Java is great and every serious Java programmer should read it, but it isn't a book to learn Java from scratch from.

Oracle's Java Tutorials are a good place to start if you're new to Java.


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Stuart A. Burkett
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Seetharaman Venkatasamy wrote:
Winston Gutkowski wrote:
Never read 'em, but Head First Java is one of the faves here.

sorry winston. Head First is not only good book in java. I do say even read bad book ... so that when you read good book some light blow in your mind.

IMO, there is no harm to read books......

I think Winston was saying he has never read those books, not telling the OP to never read them. i.e. read pronounced the same way as 'red' not the same way as 'reed'.
Alexandre Borges
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Sorry, that was a typo, what I really meant was photography.

I don't really like the Head First series, I find them good, but too messy. I tried to give Head First C# a shot and I really didn't like the way they present new informations. Even the most basic of subjects are introduced in a very weird pace, taking too long to get to the whole point.

I know C# but never really used much of the .NET framework. I was using it to deal with XNA, PS Suite and Unity 3D. Though I started reading about Java and the syntax is very similar to C#, which is good.

Now what is driving me crazy is that I am going to start as an intern in a company that uses C# and .NET. I need Java in college (next few years), and I'm really good with Objective-C and Cocoa, so I was planning to start learning C++ to make my move to Open GL and other graphics related technology.

And that is why I need the best books, best videos, best of everything =/
 
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