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Companion book or "bible" for new Java programmers?

Alan Levenson

Joined: Feb 19, 2007
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What would you recommend as a companion book, or "programmer's bible" for a new Java programmer (30+ years experience, but new to Java)?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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I'd recommend Herb Schildt's "Java: the Complete Reference." It covers most parts of core Java. It doesn't cover servlets/JSPs/etc. But one book can't cover the whole Java ecosystem.

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Bear Bibeault
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Not even this one could do that!

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Campbell Ritchie

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There ain't no such thing as a comporehensive book (as Bear hinted) but I like Horstmann and Cornell Core Java II. The Java8 edition is not yet available, however.
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