Did you know Java was created by accident? James Gosling and his team were working at Sun Labs trying to clean up C++ for a set-top box when they came up with this language. You can discover such amazing facts, learn programming basics or widen your knowledge of Java by reading some great books. So, here’s a list of 10 best books to learn Java from beginner level to those meant for more experienced programmers.
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Java Programming by Joyce Farrell
This book focuses on solving problems and explains various concepts with examples of real-world scenario. It also teaches you how to check for syntax errors and debug the code properly.
Java: A Beginner’s Guide by Herbert Schildt
It guides you through all the fundamentals of Java in an easy way. There are lessons in the basics of the language, such as how to write, compile and run a Java program. This book also covers advanced feature of Java such as lambda expressions, Swing, generics, multithread programming and JavaFX.
Core Java Volume I by Cay S. Horstmann
This book provides theory, exercises and detailed expressions to help you learn Java. It helps you understand the language and the Application Programming Interface (API) for Java Standard edition 9, 10 and 11.
Head First Java by Kathy Sierra
If you wish to learn to write code in Java, this book has some fun ways of teaching through games, quizzes and applications. It helps you learn basic OOP techniques and covers advanced topics such as network sockets, threads and distributed programming with Remote Method Invocation.
Effective Java by Joshua Bloch
It is a good book for Java programmers of any experience level. The concepts have been explained in a comprehensive way and gives you an idea of what to do and what not to do when writing a code in Java.
Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel
This is one of the most complete books and can be used as reference in programming as well. It is full of examples in old style to provide more clarity to concepts of Java. It is a must read for beginners.
The Java Language Specification by James Gosling, Bill Joy, Guy L. Steele Jr., Gilad Bracha and Alex Buckley
It is a book written by the founder of Java, James Gosling. It is a great choice to further enhance your programming skills in Java 10. It is quite technical, so it’s meant for advanced users of the language.
Clean Code by Robert C. Martin
This book teaches the most difficult thing in Java, which is how to write better code. It helps with the basic concepts of Object Orient Programming (OOP), teaches you several programming techniques and provides practice exercise, for enhancing your skills as a Java programmer.
Spring in Action by Craig Walls
This is one of the best books to learn the Java framework and the spring framework. It explains each topic and takes you through what went wrong with JDK and how spring framework improves that mistake.
Test Driven by Lasse Koskela
Java has been equipped with JUnit from the beginning. So, automation testing becomes an important skill for Java programmers. This book helps you learn about code quality and writing unit, integration and automation testing.