*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
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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.
Joined: Dec 20, 2013
Thanxx for reply!!
I think Head First Java: Your Brain on Java - A Learner's Guide Paperback is perfect book for me.
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.