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    A good java book

    I am pretty decent in php and want to get into java, my budget is tight and I am looking more toward older java books because of their price. But many older books are for java 5, is there anything that a complete java novice is going to miss if he starts with a java 5 book versus a java 6?

    also some good suggestions of books that start at the absolute beginning would be welcome

    Thanks

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    Absolutely nothing at all. The changes from Java 5 to 6 were minor from a programmer's standpoint, a few extra libraries mostly, since they concentrated their work on under the hood improvements.

    I recommend the Head First series. I found Head First Servlet & JSP specially good, but you will need a general introduction to Java first.

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    thanks for the advice, I went with 'learning java' by o'reilly, Ive had good luck with their php books and their 'learning php' allowed me to make a cms when I was done with it so hopefully this java book is just as illuminating

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    Sun has very extensive online tutorials on Java with plenty of examples. Make sure you check them.

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    Deitel's books are also very good for Java.

    PS: The book's name is "Java How to Program", sorry but i can't post a link yet!
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    A good general introduction to java is Head First Java (where the whole Head First series started).
    Other also recommend Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel, but I prefer the HF one.

    Thinking in Java 3rd edition is available for download from author site: http://www.mindview.net/Books/TIJ/ (AFAIR for Java 1.4)

    And the 4th edition has 7 first chapters available on http://www.mindview.net/Books/TIJ4/ (this one is for Java 1.5 and 1.6)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticebain View Post
    I am pretty decent in php and want to get into java, my budget is tight and I am looking more toward older java books because of their price. But many older books are for java 5, is there anything that a complete java novice is going to miss if he starts with a java 5 book versus a java 6?

    also some good suggestions of books that start at the absolute beginning would be welcome

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    If your budget is tight it's better to keep your money for book that contains information you can't find on the net. For just learning java there are a lot of good materials on the net like this one :
    http://www.javabeginner.com/toc.htm

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    I know it's a little off topic, but if you're going to move in to servlets I can thoroughly recommend the Core Servlets books - they've helped me loads.

    Btw, I'm going to go for the Head First book, seems to get good reviews everywhere.
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    I used to use a Java book by Dietel & Dietel. It helped me because it was simple, light and it had a lot of examples.

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    Red face

    there are lots of resources in the internet. forgot the sites for it though.

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    There is nothing better than a good book, you can read it anywhere (waiting in queue, riding on the bus, etc)

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    Deitel - how to program

    Then you just download the java 6 se sdk(jdk), and eclipse, and you are good to go. Plain java/swing java is easy in eclipse.

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    I just started reading Java how to program. Excellent so far, although this is my first programming book.


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