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Suggest a Java Book

9:29 am on Aug 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I need a real book on paper to learn. You see I do a decent amount of PHP with OOP practice and I think Java looks like an attractive language.

I'm a bit perplexed on where to start though, maybe it would be best for a beginner book that moves quickly. Because there are a lot of branches of Java, J2EE, JSP, Servlets(?), and things I don't really know what they do or when to use them. No need to explain though! I already have the JDK installed (I think that's what I need, LOL).

I have been learning Python in my leisure time as well, it's nice but I feel like I'll enjoy Java more.
12:08 am on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi poiuy,

You shouldn't be bothered by the number of different Java branches because from a development point of view, they should all be the same. Java is a portable language designed to run with the same source code on a range of different platforms where the differences in hardware and usage environment are hidden by a run-time layer.

A good place to start are the Oracle tutorials [download.oracle.com]. The tutorials on this page are in HTML, but a number of them can also be bought as a book.
11:49 am on Aug 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Core Java by Cay Horstman , Bruce Eckel's Book
12:17 pm on Aug 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Head First is a nice series.
Maybe too easy for you, though, but well. Head First Java. Try it.
10:07 pm on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Second vote for the Head First Java