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Good tutorials for learning Java?

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Hello. I'm looking to learn Java on my own. I have the textbook "Big Java 4th edition" by Cay Horstman, however seeing as we're on the internet, is there anyplace that can also really teach me a good deal? I'd greatly appreciate any and all tutorials, especially stuff that starts out easy and continues moving into harder and harder stuff. Also, I am attempting some Game Design (I don't want to be just a game designer, however I felt it was a great way to start learning) so anything java related in that area would also help.

Furthermore, and tips, or advice regarding Java would be greatly appreciated

Regards,

ThinkingsHard

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Java for Dummies helped me learn pretty quickly, but I also had a pretty deep knowledge in other programming languages.

As far as gaming is concerned, you should try reading "Killer Game Programming". It's pretty old but it is still very helpful.

http://fivedots.coe.psu.ac.th/~ad/jg/

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I'll second Uzumakis comment above. TheNewBoston (you can find him on YouTube, or at www.thenewboston.org) is a great beginners guide to the language. He has ~150 5-10 minute tutorials on just Java, and then another ~25 or so pertaining to game design. He also has C++, C#, python, and tutorials for other languages, so if you're looking to be well versed in programming, you can learn the basics of a lot of languages in one place. I have been through all of the Java ones, and in conjunction with a textbook I've been reading (Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel) I feel I have learned the basics pretty quickly.

Another site set up in almost the same way is www.mybringback.com. I only watched the first couple (as I had already gone through the whole new boston series) so I can't comment on the entirity of the tutorials, but from the first couple they had a very similar style to the new boston. My advice: take a look at the first couple of each, and see whose style you like better.

Another recomendation I would have is to pick up a book on design patterns at some point (I haven't seen any good tutorials on these, but I haven't really looked.) One thing I noticed in going through all the tutorials, and my other text book was that I found myself understanding Java, at least the syntax of it, but not having a clue what objects I needed, or how to structure them, etc. I felt reading up on design patterns (and generic Object Oriented principles) in conjunction with learning the language made things a lot easier to conceptualize and understand.

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