|Java Resource Recommendations|
On the Web
If you don't want to spend money on books, there are some excellent Java resources
on the Web. However, please don't use University resources to print out hundreds
or thousands of pages!
- The Java Tutorial
from Sun has gotten a lot of programmers started in Java. One of the first
links on this page is Your
First Cup of Java, which has step-by-step instructions for running your
- Thinking in Java, by Bruce
Eckel, is online in a number of formats. See below for comments about this
- The best way to program is with an online API reference open all the time.
Sun has plenty, but they are a bit hard to find: here's the JavaTM Platform 1.3.1
API Specification. For better performance, download the entire API reference
- Sun's http://java.sun.com/ has all kinds
of resources--the company is really pushing this language and wants to make
it as accessible as possible. This site is well worth exploring.
- For writing Java applets, you will need to know a tiny amount of HTML. A Beginner's
Guide to HTML, by NCSA, is an excellent introductory tutorial, available
as a single Web page, three Web pages, or in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) formats.
- See http://freewarejava.com for more
There are many, many books on Java. Here are some that I know and really
like; the links are to more complete descriptions on Amazon.
Java 2 Fast is very concise, so there is not a lot to read, but everything
you need for this course is there. For good programmers only. (Its
Java Fast, is terrible.) This is the book I would choose for a
short course on Java.
- I should mention Java
2 Complete because it's readily available, cheap, and looks good. It also
has good reviews on the Web. However, my opinion is that it's a waste of
- I think Java
Software Solutions is excellent, and it should be available in the bookstore.
It is geared more toward beginning students, so has more basic information
than you might want. Not a reference book. This is the book I would choose
to teach beginning programmers.
In Java (also available online, see above) tries to do what the title
implies--teach you a new way of thinking about programming--and does it pretty
well. This is my favorite book for learning Java from, but it's long--over a
thousand pages. Not a reference book. This is the book I would choose for a
Java course for experienced programmers.
- If you want a long and really complete book, Beginning
Java 2 is about as complete and detailed as you can get. It's intended for
beginners but goes into plenty of detail for advanced programmers. Very
readable; not a reference book.
- The three editions of Java In A Nutshell are my favorites.
They serve as both tutorials and reference books, but they are better as reference
books. The first edition was for Java 1.0 and was pretty complete. Because
Java keeps getting bigger, in the second
edition (Java 1.1), they moved the examples to a separate book, Java Examples
In A Nutshell. But in the third
edition, they moved all the information about the AWT (now along with
Swing) into yet another book, Java
Foundation Classes In A Nutshell. Get either the second edition, or the
third edition along with the JFC book
Java Developers Almanac 2000 is a wonderful reference book for the
experienced Java programmer, with lots of useful code snippets, but don't
expect to learn Java from it.