When I had about eight months of Java experience, I read the Core series. After reading Just Java 1.1, the core series were awful by comparison. They had a lot of errors coming from taking a book on 1.0 and sticking in a few 1.1 paragraphs and calling it a 1.1 book. I don't know if the 1.2 series is better - I haven't bothered to look since Just Java 1.2 works so well for me.(trailboss Jan 2000)
Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
Joined: Nov 09, 2000
Not sure which books this review is supposed to cover since there are several "Core Java" books. However, Core Java2 Volume 1 is an excellent book to get, particularly I think if you have previous programming experience. I'm not saying previous programming experience is required to use this book, but I did have a background with other languages when I picked this book up, and to me it made learning Java a snap. All the basics of the language are covered in here. This is the book I refer people in my office to who are just begininning work in Java. Between this book, and Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, I learned all I needed to transition from other languages into being a productive web developer on the Java platform.