Java & C++ Programming Books -- Help Please

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Thidranki, Nov 5, 2005.

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    Thidranki

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    I found this book http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0321322037/qid=1131240429/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-8911231-9543221?v=glance&s=books&n=507846 laying around my school, so I decided to learn Java.

    I was wondering if this a good book for learning by ones self, or is there a different book any of you would recomend? It looks like this book was meant to be used with a class or java course (which I am not in).

    And if there are any good C++ books for programmers who only know how to use the "System.out.println" function in Java, could you spell those out as well? Still haven't quite decided which one I want to learn first :p

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    You can basically bet on one publisher, O'Reilly, to have great books for any subject. I use Java in a Nutshell as my best reference. Bruce Eckel's Thinking in Java and Thinking in C++ are legendary.

    Suns books are fairly bad, but they are detailed.
     
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    devman

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    Effective Java by Bloch is very good.

    Once you've got the C++ basics then Scott Meyers books are must-haves.
     
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    nichos

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    At $94, im sure someone was upset that they lost it, and close to finals too! Hope they don't have a final project due soon:eek:
    I'll second the Oriely books, but often those are just references. I've always enjoyed Deitel & Deitel books.
     
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    Deitel and Deitel make the best C++ programming book in my opinion , and I have over 8 in my library. Especially good for beginners and definantly a good reference for experts. For java, check out 'Development in java', although that book expects you to know the basics of programming
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Another vote for O'Reilly. Never encountered a bad book from them. Not a big fan of Deitel books. I've tried a few, and they've all been quite disappointing.

    Then, once you've gotten the basics. These two are very handy: C/C++ Programmer's Reference and Java 2 Programmer's Reference. (Couldn't find a newer/current version of the Java book, but it will still be helpful).

    You could also check out the complete versions of those reference books: C++ and Java (J2SE 5). I haven't actually tried the full versions, but it's smaller siblings are within reach most of the time... ;)
     

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