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Old February 19th, 2004, 07:54 AM
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I want to start learning Java and want to do this with the book 'Beginning Java 2, SDK 1.4 Edition'. I guess this book is right for starting with Java ? The question is actually which software do I need to practice and make the exercises. Is this JBuilder from Borland?

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Hi Gerd,

You can try "Head First Java" from O'Reilly also. Quite good book to learn Java. The decision is yours :o)
Regarding the exercises:
In my opinion the best start is to use the javac compiler from the SUN (part of the J2SE SDK).
If You want to use an IDE, You can use Eclipse, which is an open source product and You can download it from wwww.eclipse.org.

Have a nice day!


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It's great that you want to learn Java and Ivor's book is a good initial tutorial. If you don't have OO experience then you might want to have a look a Beginning Java Objects by Jaquie Barker or the Object Orientated Thought Process by Matt Weisfeld. Understanding objects is key to getting the best out of Java.

Jbuilder is a great tool but I wouldn't recommend it for a novice as it adds a level of complexity to the learning process, as you have to learn the IDE as well. Once you are up to speed then make the switch, but until then stick to a simple editor; Notepad works fine but is very limited, TextPad, JEdit and JCreator are easy to use snd in my opinion are the sort of tools you should start with. Other options include: NetBeans, Eclipse, IntelliJ, CodeWarrior, Visual Cafe, etc.

The list goes on and on and everybody has their own preference, but like I said; focus on the language not the tool, once you understand the language, objects and their combined capabilities then look to use an IDE and other tools, methods, etc. to increase your productivity.


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quote:Originally posted by Gerd Molkens
'Beginning Java 2, SDK 1.4 Edition'. I guess this book is right for starting with Java ?
Ja, dit is een geweldig boek! Ik hoop dat je Engels goed is, want Ivor's taalgebruik is technisch nogal hoogdravend. Dat heeft de volgende reden: de bedoeling is dat je in staat bent de Java API die bij de SDK documentatie (Java docs) komt te raadplegen. En daarin is de uitleg nog technischer!
quote:The question is actually which software do I need to practice and make the exercises. Is this JBuilder from Borland?
JBuilder is mij afgeraden en ik weet nu waarom. De MS-DOS window mag er dan onaantrekkelijk uit zien, je weet wel wat je aan het doen bent! Een uitgebreidde ontwikkelomgeving ontneemt je zulk zicht.

Groeten en veel succes!
Frans Lelieveld

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