Best way to learn JAVA?

I already know a very small smidge(really not enough to say "know". More like I can read a Java program's source, and understand the difference between the methods, the classes, etc. and how they are used.)However, I don't know enough to write my own. I have a couple of books(Java for Dummies, and Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours), but they haven't really been much help to this point. Does anyone else know of a good book for learning Java?

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andy6 years ago
I thoroughly recommend BlueJ as a learning tool. We used it in university and looking back it was very good as a teaching tool. BlueJ is an IDE and they also publish a book which is part instruction manual part text book.

The book covers the fundamentals of the java language from the ground up, and the IDE has an "object bench" - a graphical representation of the objects which you can interact with. All in all an innovative and useful project to the learner.

For the programmers among us who haven't heard of it I recommend you have a download and play around - it isn't an enterprise level tool by any stretch of the imagination (last time I looked the features were a bit sparse) but it is excellent for teaching.

Drew
Take a class - teachers exist for a reason.
Can't read the question, eh? Does anyone else know of a good book for learning Java?
andy kelseymh6 years ago
I thoroughly recommend BlueJ as a learning tool. We used it in university and looking back it was very good as a teaching tool. BlueJ is an IDE and they also publish a book which is part instruction manual part text book.

The book covers the fundamentals of the java language from the ground up, and the IDE has an "object bench" - a graphical representation of the objects which you can interact with. All in all an innovative and useful project to the learner.

For the programmers among us who haven't heard of it I recommend you have a download and play around - it isn't an enterprise level tool by any stretch of the imagination (last time I looked the features were a bit sparse) but it is excellent for teaching.

Drew
kelseymh andy6 years ago
Drew, you might want to repost this at the top level, so the original author is more likely to see it.
andy kelseymh6 years ago
Oki doke,
Thanks
metrogdor22 (author)  kelseymh6 years ago
Thank you. I'd rather not take a class online. And I don't know of any place local that teaches programming of any kind(Baton Rouge area of Louisiana).
metrogdor22 (author)  kelseymh6 years ago
I'm 15. I'd rather put off going to college until I'm 18. And besides, I'm going to SouthEastern anyway :) But thanks for the input!
You can take individual CC courses without enrolling in a degree program, and you can do so before you're 18. Some school districts have cooperative agreements so that you can even get elective credit toward graduation. And having college courses on your HS transcript looks good :-) At least you know you have options.
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