Java is being used to give programming students their first taste in programming. Java was designed to have the “look and feel” of the C++ language, but it is simpler to use than C++ and enforces an object-oriented programming model.

The books below are the best books for learning Java which are available today. This list has been compiled by interviewing and surveying computer science teachers and post graduate students.

4 Best Books For Learning Java

1. Head First Java, 2nd Edition – Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates

Best Books For Learning Java

Head First Java is a great beginners book. It’s fast, irreverent, fun and engaging. This should be your first Java book if you are learning from scratch.

2. Effective Java 2nd Edition – Joshua Bloch

Best Books For Learning Java

Java programming books don’t win awards for cover design, but they are thankfully filled with great advice. Even for the experienced Java developer, Effective Java contains quite a few little eye openers.

3. Java Concurrency in Practice – Brian Goetz

Best Books For Learning Java

Concurrency, in the form of threads, has been present in the Java language from its beginning, and this book is all about concurrency in the current and future versions of Java with an emphasis on writing practical code. This is a definite must have for any Java specialist.

4. Head First Design Patterns – Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra, Elisabeth Robson

Best Books For Learning Java

This book makes learning about design patterns fun. It is an intelligent and well thought-out discussion of Java design patterns, and if you don’t know what a design pattern is then this is an excellent way to find out.