Best Java Programming Books


Java is a high-level, general-purpose programming language developed by a small team, headed by James Gosling and Patrick Naughton at Sun Microsystems in 1991. It is currently owned by Oracle Corporation. It was designed to be small, simple, and portable across platforms and operating systems. It was initially developed for consumer devices. Later it has become a popular platform to develop enterprise applications. Java 13 is the latest version of Java which was released in September 2019.

Java Programming Language helps in developing distributed applications as it is platform independent. It was inspired by C++ and has many of its syntaxes. It is a basic and robust programming language. One can build any type of application like enterprise application, web application, mobile application and cloud-based application using Java.

Here you will find the 10 best java books to learn java from beginner level to advance level.

Best Java Books

1. Head First Java

Author :- Kathy Sierra
Edition :- 2nd Edition
Published by :- O'Reilly

Head First Java combines puzzles, strong visuals, mysteries, and soul-searching interviews with famous Java objects to engage you in many different ways.You'll learn everything from the fundamentals to advanced topics, including threads, network sockets, and distributed programming with RMI.
Head First Java compresses the time it takes to learn and retain--complex information. Its unique approach not only shows you what you need to know about Java syntax, it teaches you to think like a Java programmer. If you want to be bored, buy some other book. But if you want to understand Java, this book's for you.

2. Effective Java

Author :- Joshua Bloch
Edition :- 3rd Edition
Published by :- Addison Wesley

There are numerous books from which you can learn the grammar of the Java programming language, including The Java"` Programming Language by Arnold, Gosling, and Holmes, or The Java"` Language Specification by Gosling, Joy, yours truly, and Bracha. Likewise, there are dozens of books on the libraries and APIs associated with the Java programming language.
This book addresses your third need: customary and effective usage. Joshua Bloch has spent years extending, implementing, and using the Java programming language at Sun Microsystems.Here he offers good advice, systematically organized, on how to structure your code so that it works well, so that other people can understand i

3. Java: A Beginner's Guide

Author :- Herbert Schildt
Edition :- 2019 Edition
Published by :- McGraw Hill Education

This book presents an evenly paced tutorial in which each section Wilds upon the previous ow. It contains 16 chapters. each discussing an aspect of Java. This book is unique because it includes several special elements that reinforce what you are learning.
Key Skills & Concepts : Each chapter begins with a set of critical skills that you will be learning.
Self Test :Each chapter concludes with a Self Test that lets you test your knowledge. The answers are in Appendix A.
Ask the Expert : Sprinkled throughout the book are special "Ask the Expen" boxes. These contain additional information or interesting commentary about a topic. They use a Question/Answer format.
Try This Elements: Each chapter contains one or more Try This elements. which are projects that show you how to apply what you are learning. In many cases. these arc real-world examples that you can use as starting points for your own programs.

4. Java - The Complete Reference

Author :- Herbert Schildt
Edition :- 11th Edition
Published by :- McGraw Hill Education

This book is a comprehensive guide to the Java language, describing its syntax, keywords and fundamental programming principles. Significant portions of the Java API library are also examined. This book is for all programmers, whether you are a novice or an experienced pro. The beginner will find its carefully paced discussions and many examples especially helpful.

5. Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals

Author :- Cay S. Horstmann
Edition :- 2019 Edition
Published by :- Prentice Hall

Java Guide for Serious Programmers: Fully Updated for Java SE 9, 10 & 11 For serious programmers, Core Java, Volume I--Fundamentals, Eleventh Edition, is the definitive guide to writing robust, maintainable code. Whether you're using Java SE 9, 10, or 11, it will help you achieve a deep and practical understanding of the language and API, and its hundreds of realistic examples reveal the most powerful and effective ways to get the job done.
See Core Java, Volume II--Advanced Features, Eleventh Edition, for expert coverage of Java 9, 10, and 11 enterprise features, the module system, annotations, networking, security, and advanced UI programming. Register your book for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available.

6. Head First Design Patterns

Author :- Eric Freeman & Elisabeth Robson with Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates
Edition :- 10th Edition
Published by :- Shroff/O’Reilly

This edition of Head First Design Patterns—now updated for Java 8—shows you the tried-and-true, road-tested patterns used by developers to create functional, elegant, reusable, and flexible software. By the time you finish this book, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best design practices and experiences of those who have fought the beast of software design and triumphed.
Head First Design Patterns provides answers to several commonly asked questions about Java, including why Composition is better than Inheritance and how to change the runtime behavior of a class without stirring the already tried and tested code.

7. Java Performance

Author :- Scott Oaks
Edition :- 1st Edition
Published by :- Shroff/O’Reilly

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of Java application performance, using the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the Java platform, including the language and API. Developers and performance engineers alike will learn a variety of features, tools, and processes for improving the way Java 7 and 8 applications perform.

8. Programming with Java

Author :- E Balagurusamy
Edition :- 6th Edition
Published by :- McGraw Hill Education

The book introduces readers to some of the Core JAVA topics like JDBC, Java Servlets, Java Beans, Lambada Expression and much more. Practical real-life projects will give a better understanding of JAVA usage and make students industry-ready.

9. Advanced Java Programming

Author :- Uttam Roy
Edition :- 2015 Edition
Published by :- Oxford University Press

The book is divided into three parts : It first introduces important language features such as Reflection, JNI, template, AWT and swing, Security etc. The second part primarily focuses on core network programming concepts such as sockets, RMI, Mail, XML-RPC etc. The state-of-the-art concepts such as SOAP, Applet, Servlet, JSP, JDBC, Hibernate, JMS, J2EE, JNDI, CORBA, JSF etc. have been discussed in the last part.

10. Clean Code

Author :- Robert Cecil Martin, a.k.a. Uncle Bob
Edition :- 1st Edition
Published by :- Pearson Education

The book is divided into three parts : The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code―of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.

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