Core Java Volume I Fundamentals
This ninth edition is a revised and updated incarnation of classic - but this is no reason not to review it.
The first important point is that this is a not a book for the non-programmer. If you program in another language or have "messed about" with Java then this book forms a good and intelligent introduction to the core of the language with some extra bits tagged on.  The latest edition sees the size grow by some 200 pages due to the coverage of the latest Java technologies. The book has been updated to include SE7 topics but there are no new chapters and the structure of the book is unchanged...
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