I would agree with Jeff. If you don't have any experience with Java, then Head First Java, and Thinking in Java are good books.
If you come from C++ background, or having working knowledge about OO principles, then Core Java (Vol I & II) are very good (please note that those are huge books and expensive compared to previously mentioned books).
I haven't read Horton's book, but I won't recommend Schildt's book.
Further, though Effective Java is an excellent book - please note that it is book for programmers hoping to write better programs(just like Effective C++ by Meyers). That book is not meant to teach Java from basics - so please don't refer it as your first Java book.
If you are a total newbie, and want to buy only one book for now - then I would recommend Head First Java.
Sayth renshaw wrote:There are 2 beginning books out there the wrox Horton beginning java isbn 0470404140 and the 5th edition java a beginners guide isbn 0071606327 by Schildt.
Can't really afford to buy both and have trouble splitting them, has anyone used either of these and could share an opinion?
I had the same problem. I moved from years of scripting languages to Java a few months back. I started with Head First which was good but if you have done the trail already you might not get too much out of it. Schildt is not good. I sent mine back.
You are right about Bloch. I bought it about 2-3 months (recreational programming only) after finishing Head First and it was far too advanced in most places for me. Some stuff is useful but you have to sift through a lot of advanced stuff to get it.
In the end I decided that I would just push on with some projects and use the internet to solve problems as I came across them. It is a more organic way of learning which suits me. Helpful if you know people who will review code for you on occasion.
My thinking is that, whilst you can learn small scale syntax/vocabulary from the DIY method it probably isn't so good for learning how to properly structure code. I was also considering something on threading but this might be something I can address in the DIY way when it comes up there seems to be a lot of tutorials out there.
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Yeah, I have just spent this year in college and doing ASP web. So learning SQL server 2008, VB.Net HTML CSS Visual Studio. I might be the odd one out but I don't really like visual studio or vb.net and I found the whole experience underwhelming.