The 4 best Java Books

As you might know, Java is one of the leading programming languages there is. You will definitely not have a hard time finding books that will teach you this language. However, especially when you have a lot of options, is very important to differentiate the ones that are qualitative ones.

In case you don’t’ already know, Java is a general-purpose programming language. It is object oriented, high level, and was specifically designed for having very little implementation dependencies.

Ever since 2012 Java is one of the most (if not the most) popular languages there are. And if you are interested in programming, you have to learn it one way or another.

Here are 4 great books that will help you do exactly that.

Effective Java

  • This is a must-have, even if you already know your way around Java.
  • Even though you might need to know some basic stuff about Java, the book is very simple to understand.
  • It includes 78 practices for you to learn how to code better in Java.

The practices are divided into sections, eleven to be exact. Depending on where you are at Java you can use choose a specific section that will adapt to your level of learning. The sections include topics like Concurrency, Generics, and Method, and will make it easier for you to have a better grasp of everything Java entails.

It is important to remark, this is not an absolute beginners book. You need to learn the Java basics first. However, if you are at a very basic level of Java, you can take a lot of advantage from this book.

Head First Java

  • Honestly, head first series are just great for getting yourself soaked on the basic of programming languages.
  • It is part of a Java trilogy.
  • The book ensures you won’t be learning Java the technical exhausting way, instead, it combines puzzles, strong visuals, and even some soul-searching interviews with Java objects.

This book is fast and effective, but most importantly, you will actually have fun while learning. That doesn’t mean you won’t get a full introduction, you will learn everything starting at the very bases, all the way to much more advanced stuff. You’ll learn all the basics, but also threads, network sockets, and even distributed programming with RMI. All the concepts are very well explained, and it is actually one of the only beginner’s books that goes in depth without being too technical. The only issue with this book is that when it comes to the more advanced stuff, it isn’t thorough at all, it looks a little as if it was written in a hurry. This is a great book if you are looking for a way to get a grip on your Java abilities and develop them into an intermediate level. Even if you know the basics about Java, this book will land everything quite nicely for you.

Core Java Volume I – Fundamentals

  • Even though this book was written to be a reference book for people already programming Java, you can totally teach yourself with it.
  • It will be a little harder than If you go with a book that is specially written for beginners. However, this book offers detailed explanations on a lot of features of Core Java.

These features include exception handling, interfaces, and lambda expression. You will find this book has a very simple language, it is very concise, and you will be able to study some very detailed examples.

The book is very long, exactly because it is incredibly detailed. I have to admit, though, this book is much better if you are wanting to further asses your abilities. If you are learning Java, yes you can, but you might get a little lost in the beginning. The great thing is that it really does cover everything you know to start programming. If you’re able to understand it from the beginning, you will end up having a very deep understanding of everything Java entails.

Java: the complete reference, Eleventh Edition

  • Herbert Schildt has written a lot of great books on programming language, and this one isn’t the exception.
  • This book is great for beginners and intermediate programmers.
  • It is honestly the kind of book you’ll read to get started, and then get back to because you need it for reference.

If you are building your skills from scratch, this book will make it easy for you. This book really takes all the Java fundamentals to an in-depth level. You will find the foundations; every concept is exemplified and you also get comparisons with other programming languages. The book also gives you a very good grasp of how Java works on the real world, JavaBeans, servlets, applets, and Swing, are all examined and will help you understand how you can use Java in the real world.

Everything is very clear once you begin to understand the basics of Java, yet, it might be a little confusing at the beginning if you have no idea whatsoever of the programming language. The book is very well organized, and you will learn everything about develop, compile, debug, and run Java programs. You will get the full view of the syntax, the keywords, and the principles. But you’ll also get into the intermediate stuff. This book is also great if you want to reference later in your programming career.

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