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10-08-2002, 01:07 PM

Well, started uni, going well so far (Particularly liked the "How To Use A Computer" lecture, used up 40 sheets of paper on that :p), but it seems that I'm gonna have to do Java at some point... :o

As well as the usual reading list of textbooks written by big, fat Doctorates, does anyone know of a good book on the subject? Is "The Java Programming Language" a good one? (The K&R-esque title drew me to that)

10-08-2002, 01:08 PM
'Twas me, btw, forgot me own name, damn freshers week... :D

10-08-2002, 05:26 PM

He has a free Java book available online. You can also buy it in printed edition.

Mister C
10-08-2002, 08:42 PM
That Java Programming Language book is written by the creators of Java (Gosling et. al) It is like the K & R C book.

Here are my recommendations

General Java Books:

• Beginning Java 2- SDK 1.4 Edition, Horton. Wrox, 2002.
• Java in a Nutshell, 4th ed., Flanagan. O’Reilly, 2002.
• The Java Programming Language, 3rd ed., Arnold, et.al. Addison Wesley, 2000.
• Using Java 2 Standard Edition, Cavaness, et.al. Que, 2001.
• The Java Language Specification, 2nd ed., Gosling, et.al. Addison Wesley, 2000.
• Java 2 The Complete Reference, 4th ed., Schildt. McGraw-Hill, 2001.
• Programming with Java, Hubbard. McGraw-Hill, 1999.

• Beginning Java Objects, Barker. Wrox, 2000.

I have more advanced ones- but these should do.

10-10-2002, 12:06 PM
hmm, java...javs is horrid but i was forced to learn it in my first year aswell, the only thing i can recommend is not to buy Java Complete, because its crap, our lecturer recommended java in a nutshell published by Oreilly but i think this is more of a reference.

10-10-2002, 12:19 PM
My vote goes to Just Java by Peter van der Linden.


10-10-2002, 12:41 PM
Not meant to be a beginner's book, however someone with knowledge from C and/or C++, could learn Java from it:

Pure Java 2, Kenneth Litwak

10-10-2002, 04:27 PM
I'd use the resources at the Sun site. There is a copious amount of information there (along with many forums).

10-10-2002, 08:42 PM
Beginning Java 2 SDK Edition: 1.4, Ivor Horton. Wrox, 2002. // also suggested by Mister C

a huge book, very good explanations and it covers.....well.......everything

you could try it

Mister C
10-10-2002, 08:52 PM

Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Minnesota, USA
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I'd use the resources at the Sun site. There is a copious amount of information there (along with many forums).

I agree with this quote. Pretty much everything you need to know about J2SE is there.

Also, you can try www.javaranch.com