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Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: AČ, MI, USA
Insane since: Nov 2001

posted posted 07-12-2002 04:07

First off, I wasn't sure where to put this. So if a Psychotic or a Mad Scientist would be ever so kind to move it? I'll throw in a few black pills!

Second off.. I've got to learn Java. As fast as possible (why?). It's pretty similar to C++ from what I've seen, but I was wondering if anybody has some experience with a good book on Java? I've been learning at and, well - it's helpful, but it's not a book. I can't take it with me everywhere and study when I'd like to. I've checked out amazon, but I'm really not sure what's good. I can't pick up the book and take a look at it, after all. I'll be heading to a bookstore this weekend. If anybody has any suggestions, that would be great.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: buttcrack of the midwest
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 07-12-2002 04:15

This is a question for ini.

ini are you there?
WE`ll go to SSS and see.


Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: AČ, MI, USA
Insane since: Nov 2001

posted posted 07-12-2002 04:20

Thanks DB *hands him a few pills* I didn't see "Java" under the forum title

Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Cell 666
Insane since: Mar 2002

posted posted 07-12-2002 05:52

I recommend this book. It's the book we use to learn it at University and it's pretty easy to pick up on, quickly.

Bipolar (III) Inmate

Insane since: May 2002

posted posted 07-12-2002 07:41

for my money the best book to learn Java with is the wrox press "Beginning Java 2" by Ivor Horton
it's a huge thick wedge of a book but there's just about everything covered in there and it's all introduced in a logical and easy to follow format

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Rochester, New York, USA
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 07-12-2002 15:20

I am thinking that since you already have a C++ background Java would not be that hard for you. Very similar and you get to forget about pointers and have a built in string function.

You will have to get used to a couple of changes in how Strings are handled, i.e. they are not Arrays.

So the one above is pretty good and pretty free. Bruce Eckel is an amazing person for what he has provided to us.

<edit> Forgot to tell you the most important part. You don't need a really good book if you have experience with another language, you just need a primer. If you want to really get into java you need to get books on Java that are specific to the task you are looking to do. If you want to do JSP then you should get a JSP Book, if you want to do XML and Java you should get a book on XML and Java, if you want to do applications programming you should get a Java Applications Programming book. If you want to do applets get a book on Applets. Java is huge so you need to kinda get specific. </edit>

[This message has been edited by WarMage (edited 07-12-2002).]

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Canada, Toronto
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 07-13-2002 00:05

We had this book in our Java introductory class: ref=sr_8_1/104-0068191-5367178

And I think it is pretty good.

[This message has been edited by Sash (edited 07-13-2002).]

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Cell block #4
Insane since: Jun 2001

posted posted 07-13-2002 00:28 Pick a Java class (CS 1322) for any semester, and download the slides (they even have a zip file of all the slides ~ 7 mb I think). There are a few, but you could go through them in a day or two, and most of it would seem obvious if you've done C++ stuff. After you've done that, you oughta be in good shape to learn the more specialised stuff yourself off the net, for whatever it is you want to do. That's what I did - worked for me..

[edit] fixed UBB [/edit]

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