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Which is best book for learning java for beginner?

sandip chaudhari
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Joined: Dec 20, 2013
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Hey frndss I am new in java.can anybody suggest me which is best book for me.
Jaikiran Pai
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Sandip, welcome to CodeRanch!

Take a look at our book reviews for beginning Java and you can then decide which one suits you best.

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Neil Van Styn
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I find the "Beginning Java for dummies" books good at the moment. But they only go so far. I find the light hearted approach and moving at your own pace a good way to learn, albeit slowly.
Campbell Ritchie
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I have a problem with that book in that it hardly scratches the surface of object‑oriented design, I am afraid.
Neil Van Styn
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Well, you're not wrong. But it was a good starting point I thought. I've finished it now and barely know which direction to turn, so it might not have been the "best" in retrospect.
Michael Gomez
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Joined: Dec 31, 2013
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For beginner, here are some possible choices:

*Head first Java (2nd Ed) 2005 - good if you like lots of pictures, stories, and analogies, published 9 years ago but still good for basics...
*Thinking in Java (4th Edition, 2006) is rated highly on Amazon...
*Java For Dummies (2013) - Newer, but doesn't seem to cover as much Head First

Campbell Ritchie
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I am not sure that Thinking in Java is a beginner's book. It is a long time since I read it however. I did think it good, then.

Anybody else got opinions about TiJ?

I am going to duplicate this discussion in the books forum.
sandip chaudhari
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Joined: Dec 20, 2013
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Thanxx for reply!!
I think Head First Java: Your Brain on Java - A Learner's Guide Paperback is perfect book for me.
Scott Winterbourne
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Good choice in my opinion. I started with Head First and it gave me a solid foundation to build on.

Once you are most of the way or all the way through Head First, you might try some of the coding problems on codingbat.com. I find they are really good practice for things like String manipulation, and filtering and sorting collections.

The Java documentation will be a big help when doing the codingbat problems as you can look up String methods and other class methods that are already available to you in the java libraries.
Uwe Pfeifer
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Joined: Jan 31, 2014
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I got both, Heads first Java and Java 7 for Dummies. I'm also starting with Java. I hope these two books help me find my way into Java programming. ;D
Abhay Agarwal
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Java book my Mala gupta is also one of the best book on Java for beginners
 
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
 
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