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Is this a good book to learn Java?

Posted 20 February 2015 - 12:51 PM

http://www.amazon.co...duct/0393974375

I'm completely new to programming and would love to learn Java as my first programming language. I've been looking around for some good books, but it was hard to find one. I saw that this book was recommended by another Java forum that I will be visiting in the future for help. Is this book good enough for me to learn Java? I ask because this book is outdated. I purchased a used copy. Thanks

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Re: Is this a good book to learn Java?

Posted 20 February 2015 - 01:03 PM

It probably isn't completely useless, but much has changed in 15 years (including major language features such as generics). I'd get a different book. Hopefully somebody can make a more useful suggestion than I, as I learned Java through classwork.
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Re: Is this a good book to learn Java?

Posted 20 February 2015 - 01:08 PM

There is a pinned thread, right at the top of the Java forum:

Best Beginner's Book - Java

That book is too old (and expensive).

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Re: Is this a good book to learn Java?

Posted 20 February 2015 - 02:12 PM

Thanks for the help.

I've canceled my order. What do you two think about this one: http://www.amazon.co...duct/0132162709
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Re: Is this a good book to learn Java?

Posted 20 February 2015 - 02:17 PM

Though I can't speak to the quality of the book, I've found other writings by that author to be approachable.
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Re: Is this a good book to learn Java?

Posted 20 February 2015 - 02:30 PM

View Postxclite, on 20 February 2015 - 09:17 PM, said:

Though I can't speak to the quality of the book, I've found other writings by that author to be approachable.


Hopefully this book will be as approachable as the books you've read. Thanks again and have a great day
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