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Top 9 Java Programming Books Best of lot, Must Read


These top Java programming books are some of
the good Java books and I would say best of them
all. Whenever a programmer starts learning the
Java first question he asks is "Which book should I
refer to learn Java?", That itself says, how
important Java books are for programmers
especially beginners. Despite having so much free
resource available in Java liketutorials, tips,
blogs and code examples, Java books has there
own place because of two reason :
They are written by programmers who are authority in subject
They cover the subject with more details and explanation.
These Java books are my personal favorites and whenever I get some time I prefer to read
them to refresh my knowledge. Though I have read many of them already, like I have read
Effective Java almost 3 to 4 times, I have always learned something new. They are kind of
best Java books available today and equally useful for beginners, experienced and
advanced Java programmer. It doesn't matter whether you are completely new in Java or
doing Java programming for 5 years, you will definitely learn lot of new things by going
through this book. Having said that not all book is equally suitable for all programmers, for
Java beginners, HeadFirstJava should be the first book and for advanced Java
developer, EffectiveJava should be the first book.

9 Books Every Java Developer Should Read


Here is my collection of Java books, which I suggest to every programmer who wants to
learn Java. If you have some programming experience like in C and C++ and starting fresh
in Java, start with Head First Java. If you want to master art of multithreading and
concurrency, pick Java Concurrency in Practice and if you want to master everything about
Java, buy Effective Java.
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1) Head First Java


Head First Java is the best Java book for any programmer who are new in both
programming and Java. The head first way of explanation is quite a phenomena and I really
enjoyed whenever I read there books. I found them most interesting Java programming
books for beginners but they are equally good for intermediate as well. Head first Java
covers essential Java programming knowledge about class,object, Thread, Collection,
language feature like Generics, Enum, variable arguments or autoboxing etc. They also
has some advanced section on Swing, networking and Java IO which makes them complete
package for Java beginners. This should be your first Java book if you are learning from
scratch.

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Head First Design Pattern is another top class Java book from Head First lab, I guess, this is
so far there best title. When I started reading this book back in 2006, I didn't much about
design patterns in Java , how they solve common problems, how to apply design pattern,
what benefits they provide and all sort of basic things but after reading this Java book I
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3) Effective Java
Effective Java is one of the best or top Java books in my record and most enjoyable as
well. I have high regards for Joshua Bloch (writer of this book) for his contribution in Java
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collection framework and Java concurrency package. Effective Java is best for seasoned or
experienced programmer who are well versed in Java programming and want to sharp
there skill by following programming best practices, Java best practices and eager to listen
from someone who is contributed in Java development kit. Effective Java as book scores
high on quality, content and way of explanation. Reading this Java book is pleasant
experience. Another important point of Effective Java is Item based structure which breaks
whole book in small items and every Item is complete in itself, so you can read this book
while travelling or short duration as well. On contents Effective Java is collection of Java
programming best practices ranging from static factories, serialization, equals and
hashcode to generics, enum and varargs and reflection. This Java programming book
almost cover every aspect of Java in slightly different way then you are used to.

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4) Java Concurrency in Practice


Java Concurrency in Practice is another classic from Joshua Bloch, Doug Lea and team.
Probably the best Java book in Concurrency and multithreading and one of the must read
for core Java developers. Strength of Concurrency Practice in Java are :
1) This book is very detailed and capture minor details of multithreading and concurrency
as well.
2) Focus, instead of focusing on core Java classes this book focus on concurrency issues and
problems like deadlock, starvation, threadsafety, race conditions and then present ways
to solve them using Java concurrency classes. This book is excellent resource to learn and
master Java concurrency package and classes like CountDownLatch, CyclicBarrier,
BlockingQueue or Semaphore. This is the biggest reason I like to read this Java book and
read again and again.
3) One more strong point of Concurrency practice in Java is No nonsense Examples,
examples in this book are clear, concise and intelligent
4) Explanation : book is good on explaining what is wrong and why its wrong and how to
make it right which is essential for Java book to succeed.

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5) Java Generics and Collections


Java Generics and Collection by Naftalin and Philip Wadler from O'Reilly is another great
book on Java, which I initially forgot to include in my list, but including it now as
requested by many readers. I personally like this book because of its content of Generics
and Collections, which is core areas of Java programming language. Strong knowledge of
Java Collections and Generics are expected from any experienced programmer and this
books help on that area. It explains each of Collection interface e.g. Set, List, Map, Queue
and there implementation and compares how well they perform in different situation. I
really loved there comparison chart at the end of each chapter.

6) Java Performance from Binu John


Another good Java book which is my personal favorite. As we are moving gradually started
from beginners level to intermediate and senior level. Java performance Book is all about
performance monitoring, profiling and tools used for Java performance monitoring. This is
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another, must read Java book, if you are serious about performance in Java programming
language. This is not a usual programming book, Instead It provides details about JVM,
Garbage Collection, Java heap monitoring and profiling application. I lover there chapter
on JVM overview and its must read to learn about JVM in simple language. Just remember
this Java book is advanced in nature and expect that reader has experience in Java.
Beginners and intermediate programmer can also benefit from this book but Its good to
have some Java experience on your belt before reading this book. So far best Java book on
performance monitoring.

7) Java Puzzlers
Java Puzzlers is another worth reading Java book from Joshua Bloch, this time with Neal
Gafter. This book is about corner cases and pitfalls in Java programming language. Java is
more safe and secure than C++ and JVM does good job to free programmer from error
prone memory allocation and deallocation, but still there Java has cornercases which can
surprise even experienced Java programmer. This Java books presents such Java pitfalls
and explains them in detail. A good Java book if you love puzzles, You can even include
many of these in core Java interviews to check how deep there Java knowledge is. I don't
rate it as high as Effective Java and Concurrency Practice in Java but still you can give it a
go. In order to get most of this Java book, tries to solve the puzzles by yourself and then
look into explanations to make your knowledge more concrete.

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8) Head First Object Oriented Analysis and Design


Another good book on Java programming and design principles from Head First series. Head
first Object Oriented Analysis and design book can be read in conjunction with Head First
Design patterns. This book focus on Object oriented design principles like favor
Composition over inheritance, programming for interface than implementation, DRY etc.
One part of learning Java is writing good code and following best practices and this book is
great in educating programmers about them. knowledge gained from this book is applicable
to many object oriented programming language and will overall improve your
understanding of code and design principles.

9) Thinking in Java
Thinking in Java book is written by Bruce Eckel who is also author of Thinking in C++ and he
uses his unique style to teach Java concept. Many would agree that this is one of the best
Java book and strength of this books are there to the point and intelligent examples. This
is one of the complete book in Java and can be used as reference as well. There is a
chapter on Java memory mapped IO from Thinking in Java which is my favorite. I would say
this is another Java book which demands space in Java programmer's shelf and must read
Java book for beginners, especially if you don't like Head First teaching style and rather
need a beginners Java book with plain old example style, Thinking in Java is a good choice.
It is detailed, matured and frequently updated.

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This was my list of top Java programming books and I would say best of lot. I have read all
the books, some of them I am still reading and couple of them like EffectiveJava and
HeadFirstseries, I have read couple of times. Many programmer ask me about which
books they start, which Java book they read now. I hope you will find some good Java
books in this collection.

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29 comments :
Anonymous said...
Good list of Java books but unfortunately no book for Servlet, JSP and EJB. Can you please suggest good book for
Servlet and JSP which not only gives basic knowledge but some advanced knowledge related to web application
development e.g. session management, security issues like SQL injection, session fixation etc
January 6, 2013 at 7:06 PM
Franklin said...
Why not include two more Java book and made this list as Top 10 Java programming books :), here is my
suggestion of two more Java books
1) Java language Specification free available
2) Java Virtual Machine Specification free
Both of them must be read at least one time in life by any one who claims to be Java developer, agree ?
January 6, 2013 at 7:24 PM
Anonymous said...
Out of these which one is the best book to learn Java programming ? If I have to start learning Java without any
programming experience which one is the best Java book ?
January 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM
Anonymous said...
Which one is best Java book in your opinion? I will say Effective Java , but that is not best Java book for
beginners, only for experienced Java programmer. Best Java books for beginners to learn Java programming is
still, Thinking in Java.
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Mansi said...
I was searching for a good list of Java programming books from long time, which is easy to understand and doesn't
bogged you down with its weight, many of these Java books I find really interesting to read.
January 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Rohan said...
Which book is best Java programming book for beginners? By beginners I mean who doesn't know programming or
coding.
January 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM
techythought said...
Nice collection..Thank you for sharing.
@Rohan, Please grab Head first java to start with.
Also, if you want deep understanding of objects then go for first few chapters of Thinking of Java.
January 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Swathi Venkatachala said...
Ah! good list.. I love "Thinking in Java" :)
To append to the list http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596007829.do
:)
February 22, 2013 at 5:38 AM
Jamal said...
I 100% agree with your #1 choice, it is a great book and has served me well, the explanations are easy to follow
and the book keeps you engaged. It's deffinitely worth buying!
March 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Kabeer said...
If you have to suggest just one book, Which one would be the best Java book in your opinion?
March 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Anonymous said...
One book, which is missing is Java Generics and Collections.
May 11, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Anonymous said...
I found Murach's Java Programming book to be the best.
Clear & precise, with step by step guidelines. It's is like instructional manual format which make it very easy to
understand.
Trust me on this (m also a beginner myself & giving my review after reading the book:))
I am sure you might find it beneficial even if you are complete new to Java.
Check www.murach.com
JSP, Servlets 2 is available
May 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Robert said...
My list of must read books for Java developers is slightly different than yours, as it contains some classical books
from design and software development in general.
1) Thinking in Java
2) Clean Code
3) Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java with JUnit
4) Java Concurrency in Practice
5) Data Structures and Algorithms in Java by
Michael T. Goodrich, and Roberto Tamassia
May 26, 2013 at 8:09 PM
Anonymous said...
Hey.
I have read in detail and sub detail all the posts on "3 ways to resolve noclassdeffounderror in java" and still....
I was able to do a simple hellp world from the windows command line then whe I tried somthing more useful both
it and the hello world program give me this:
C:\JAVA>java frog.class
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: frog/class

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Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: frog.class


at java.net.URLClassLoader$1.run(Unknown Source)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.net.URLClassLoader.findClass(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
Could not find the main class: frog.class. Program will exit.
Please Help
July 15, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Anonymous said...
Only book I recommend to any Java Beginners is "Sams teach yourself Java". This is by far the best Java book for
beginners, it's lean, thin, contains all a beginner wants to know and gets ball rolling quickly. No beginner wants
to bogged down with too much detail, everyone likes to see small things working together and taking towards big
things. Sams Series are well known and Sams teach yourself Java doesn't disappoint either.
September 30, 2013 at 3:39 AM
Pai said...
What is the most recommended book on Java Programming for
absolute beginner with no programming background e.g. C or C++
beginner in Java but knowledge of C or C++
intermediate developer with some knowledge of Java
Thanks
Pai
November 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Shaon Hossain said...
Sir, Can you suggest me that which book i should read first Head First Object Oriented Analysis and Design or
Head First Design Pattern.
I'm confused. Please give me your opinion .
Thanks for the great review.
December 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM
Javin said...
Read Head First Object Oriented Analysis and Design first then read Head First Design Pattern. Former book is
more fundamental as it focus on basics, key principles and concept like Encapsulation, Polymorphism, Abstraction
and principles like programming for interface than implementation, encapsulating what changes etc.
December 31, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Tripti said...
What is a good book to start learning Java for someone with some programming experience? I have done some
programming in college and worked as C++ developer for 6 month, now I want to learn Java? How difficult it
would be, which books should I take?
February 6, 2014 at 1:44 AM
Archana Singh said...
how should i follow all these books at a time .Head first java is best book for beginners
April 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM
Anonymous said...
Can anyone suggest some advanced Java books here? I'm looking to expand my knowledge of Java and I'm
wondering if there are any intermediate to advanced level Java books that focus on using language features in
simple ways. I've already read through Effective Java and reading Java Concurrency in Practice. Any
recommendations?
May 15, 2014 at 1:33 AM
Neha Kaur said...
Sir can u suggest me that which one book I prefferd first of java.
May 28, 2014 at 4:16 AM
Francisco Zarabozo said...
Lazy people is amazingly cynical. There are a lot of questions here asking things like "Ok, but what should I read
first", or even worst, "...but if you could say only one book, which one should I read". They are not only showing
how low their ability to study or read is (and want a quick and easy solution), but they are showing how unable
they are to even read this very short article, because if they did, they would not have to ask those questions.
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Anonymous said...
Head first java
June 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM
Anonymous said...
do not use .class while running the program. use only " java frog"
July 16, 2014 at 7:14 AM
Anonymous said...
Beginning Java Objects From Concepts to Code by Jacquie Barker is very good book.
December 9, 2014 at 2:41 AM
Anonymous said...
Keep the Good Work, It helps a Lot !
God Bless You !
December 9, 2014 at 3:29 AM
Anonymous said...
Can please someone suggest me a book for programming problems in java
December 24, 2014 at 5:20 AM
Raf Ton said...
where can i download these books, for free?
December 30, 2014 at 4:33 AM

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