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Hey guys,
Sorry to bother everyone, I know its my third post, but I was told that since I'm new here and I would like to learn Java so that I could be certified, this is the place to go. So, can anyone tell me what I need to do to get started? I have no backround knowledge unfortunately so I need some info for beginners. People have suggested Head First Java to me but unfortunately it says it is for people who have a backround knowledge in computer programming

Thank you,
A.J.
[ June 23, 2008: Message edited by: A.J. Wallach ]
 
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For starters, I'd get a good book on beginning Java. We've got lots of reviews by your fellow ranchers in the Bunkhouse. E.g., Head First Java gets mentioned a lot as being a first rate book.

As regards the exam, the http://faq.javaranch.com/java/ScjpFaq probably has all the info you need.
 
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Would that book be good to teach me the basics? I really need a book for bery begginers.
 
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Sorry for the typos before. But yeah, I'm coming in with absolutely no backround knowledge.
 
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See Sun's Java Tutorials.

There are many, many books about Java available. Have a look in your bookstore or on for example Amazon.com. Head First Java is a popular book for Java beginners.

Since your question is not really about the SCJP, I'm going to move it to the Java in General (Beginners) forum.
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Welcome to Beginner's!

Please use the pencil-and-paper icon to alter the title of this thread; people scanning the contents might ignore threads if they cannot tell from the title what they are about. "Books for Java Beginners" might be better.
 
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For beginners i would suggest Head First JAVA by Kathy & Bert..

You may also refer to sun java tutorials..
 
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I love the Head First Java book, but I do think that a bit of a programming backgroud gets you more out of this book. I have worked with a few people with very, very limited Java knowledge, and they were somewhat intimidated in the first and second chapters.

I found for real newbies, Java Programming for Dummies by Barry Burd was a great starting point. After reading that, I would move my students onto Head First Java, and then an SCJP certification guide.

If people did have a bit of a programming backgroud, perhaps an introduction college course or something though, I'd put them right into Head First Java. The Head First books are great learning guides.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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see this site

http://www.ride2java.com/
 
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I used headfirst and it was great. But I highly recommend learning the foundations of programming through a simple language. I learned a form of BASIC on my TI 84+ calculator system by trial and error, so I recommend doing things in that area first.
 
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Why have you last two people replied? This thread became inactive in Summer 2008. Look at this FAQ: "DontWakeTheZombies".

I don't think trial and error will be at all helpful for learning a programming language.
 
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Frankly Head First java is the only programming book which i have read with interest!
Its really worth ever penny you spend on it.
And I am not Kathy or Bert.
 
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