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Which book gives the most complete knowledge of core Java in the most systematic way?
I mean i have read few books but found them to be lacking in one aspect or the other!!!
I want a book which looks into the depths of java alongside giving us different pitfalls faced by novice java programmers.


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Which books have you read, and in which aspects have you found them to be lacking? A book that covers both the depth and the width of Java would be a very thick book indeed - probably not possible, or at least not practical.
 
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I have read Herb Schildt(Complete Reference), Wrox Publication's java5 by Horton
and K&B for cert(scjp)
I understand that the book providing complete java understanding would be quite thick
but i would like a book which comes nearest to the task
The books i read were written with a specific task(teaching java to beginners)
Now i want a book which can help with my quest at becoming a good programmer...

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Probably a good idea to go onto Amazon and read the sample chapters first, then see how you like the style of each book. Some I think would be suitable:
  • Thinking in Java, Bruce Eckel. 3rd edition available free online, 4th edition available, paid for.
  • Core Java 2, C Horstmann and G Cornell. There is a 7th edition now available.
  • Effective Java, Joshua Bloch. There is supposed to be a new edition available within a few days.
  • Opininons of books vary; one person will like one book, somebody else another.
     
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    Originally posted by Campbell Ritchie:
    Opininons of books vary; one person will like one book, somebody else another.



    I agree.
    Thanks a lot.i will certainly check the books you have suggested.
     
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    Also, your fellow JavaRanchers have written reviews of many Java books which can be found in the Bunkhouse.
    [ May 26, 2008: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
     
    You showed up just in time for the waffles! And this tiny ad:
    Building a Better World in your Backyard by Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop
    https://coderanch.com/wiki/718759/books/Building-World-Backyard-Paul-Wheaton
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