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Rogers Cadenhead: Book appropriate for someone "away" from Java a few years?

Michelle McKiernan
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Joined: Aug 25, 2009
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Hi, Mr. Cadenhead.

I haven't done any Java programming since SE 6. Would your book be an appropriate refresher? Also, I have it in my head that learning C would make me a better Java programmer. Is this reasonable or ridiculous?

Thanks for your time.

Michelle
Rogers Cadenhead
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If you feel like you're past the beginner's stage of Java, a lot of the book would cover the same ground, but there's one notable exception: Closures are a killer new feature you wouldn't have learned about in Java 6. Programmers have been asking for this feature for a long time.

I am writing another book to come out later this year that gets further into advanced topics, Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days. As for others, I like what Bruce Eckel does in Thinking in Java and I'm a huge fan of Elliotte Rusty Harold, but I'm not aware of either doing a new book specifically for Java 8. Harold's Java Network Programming came out last fall and is sitting on my desk begging to be read.
Campbell Ritchie
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Rogers Cadenhead wrote: . . . I like what Bruce Eckel does in Thinking in Java . . .
Unfortunately TiJ is 8 years old. A newer edition might be a good thing.

We have had Java8 books as book promotions earlier this year; if you look at the older posts in this forum, you might find more details.
 
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