Are there any good books that you can buy to learn Java? I know there alot out there and I just wanted to know which ones were good and easy to understand. I have a friend who''s interested in Java but he''s to young to post on message boards. (You know that 12 and under law?)
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I would recomend Core Java 2 Volume 1 even though I don''t have it. I have Volume 2(advanced features) and it is pretty straightforward. If you want the most for your money I would reccommend Dietel & Dietel Java How to Program. It covers everything, but is so indepth is could boggle the mind of a new programmer, if you try to rush through it.
Dietel & Dietel''s book is good, as well as Peter van der Linden''s ''Just Java''. This book, though, assumes that you know a little programming, specifically C++. But, I don''t know any C/C++ and i found the book to be excellent, it''s just a little tough in the beginning.
One good book is the Black art of Java game programming. The first book I bought was Finnish, but it was exelent. At the end they even made a game of worm. Althought BAOJG is Java 1.0 you can easily convert them to 1.3 after you have read 1.2 book. So, if you want stricly to game dev, choose the name monster, but I would suggest to get thru the basic language before it.
They run like 50 bucks through Amazon or a locale store. Check out these online books at the free archive at IT library if your short on funds. http://www.itknowledge.com/reference/dir.archive1.html Black art of Java Game Programming is there and lots of others too but keep in mind they usually cover Java 1.0 or 1.1 (Java is now on 1.3) so don''t cover a lot of the new useful features.