Best Books And Courses To Learn Java in 2020 completely

Best Books And Courses To Learn Java in 2020 completely

Hey, Everyone, I am Prakash Mishra, I would like to tell you some of the Best JAVA Programming Language books which help you to learn java language very easily and very fast which helps you to become a good programmer in a very limited period of time.

What are the things you will get in this article:

  1. Best Java Books For beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels.
  2. Java Books for Data Science, Machine Learning, and Web Development, and many more.
  3. Documentation of Java Books.
  4. Fun Projects related to Java language.

What is Java Language?

Java Programming Language is object-oriented programming, a high-level, cross-platform language that is easy to read. It was created by James Gosling in Sun Microsystems and released in 1995. He has a single motto related to Java language write once, run anywhere (WORA)”.

Why Java is very popular?

Java is so popular because of its features such as User Friendly, Platform Independences, Inspired by C and C++, Excellent Performance, and it is also widely used in web, game and android development, GUI applications, and many more areas.

Career Opportunities

  • Web Development
  • Game Development
  • Data Analytics
  • GUI Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Designing
  • Database Administrator, and many more.

There are a lot of free resources like YouTube, websites, Articles, and Books from where you can learn to code free of cost and I have made an article on HOW BEGINNERS START TO LEARN CODINGTo become a good programmer you have to learn from all the resources. It’s important to have one book related to any language because sometimes videos, the article doesn’t clear your concepts very well.

Well, I have done a lot of research to save your time. Research is based on

  1. How easy beginners can read a book.
  2. Concepts are clear in a very simple language or not.
  3. Latest version.
  4. Amazon reviews.
  5. Is there any career opportunity?

The following are some of the Best Programming Books and course books which definitely help you to become a successful coder.

1. Head First Java

The author of the book is Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. Kathy Sierra is a game developer, programming instructor, and a master Java trainer. Bert Bates is a co-authored of some best selling books and a lead developer for Sun’s Java certification exams.

It’s a very simple and easy to read the book to start your journey as a Java programmer. The books help you to learn object-oriented programming and Java both. Head First Java is a very old book(something 2005) which mainly focus on the 5.0 version and right now the latest version of Java is Java 15 but this book still one of the amazing books to start learning Java because the book offers multi-sensory, highly interactive, fun learning experience, a lot of humorous images, exercise, puzzles and much more.

The book covers a lot of topics such as language fundamentals, generics, threading, networking, and distributed programming with RMI. And some projects are there which you have to build, “sink the dot com” game and networked drum machine chat client.

You can buy from here.

2. Java: The Complete Reference

The author of the book is Herbert Schildt, author, programmer, and musician. He has written books in various other languages and this is one of the popular books.

This book is perfect for all beginners to learn Java language as it covers all the concepts from basics to advanced level. In the new edition(11th edition) the books cover new topics in every depth and improve in a lot of places and here is some feature of this book:

  1. Fully updated for Java SE11.
  2. Detailed explanations of all the topics.
  3. Providing proper code and output of each topic ( best thing for beginners) helps to understand each topic very well.
  4. Covers entire language with their syntax and keywords.
  5. Covers important API library such as I/O, the collection framework, Stream API, Swing, JavaBeans.

You can buy from here.

3. Java: Programming Basics for Absolute Beginners 

Learning new programming language for the newbies is a very tough task but this book helps beginners to learn Java language step-by-step by writing your own programs and solving problems right from basic concepts such as variable, functions, loops, operators, and many more.

The best feature of this book is it has more than 5o practical examples and their output which helps you to understand each topic very well.

You can buy from here.

4. Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies

The author of the book is Barry Burd, Computer Science, Mathematics and author of several books. One book which also helps you to learn Java is Java For Dummies.

The title of the book is said everything that this book is for beginners. It’s a very easy-to-follow guide which means that how easy you can write your own program, how to put pieces together, and how to deal with programming challenges by giving all the instructions at every step which help newbies. Book explains all the basic concepts such as functions, variables, loops, arrays, and many more.

Also, the book is using Java 9 so that all the programmers can learn various samples.

You can buy from here.

5. Core Java Volume I–Fundamentals

The author of the book is Cay Horstman, series editor for Core Books at Prentice-Hall and computer science professor at San Jose State University.

This is one of the best books for a sincere programmer who wants to learn deep knowledge and practical understanding of each topic and how to maintain your code easily while using Java SE 9,10 or 11.
The book has two parts:

  1. The first two-volume, it covers fundamental topics such as objects, generics, lambda, exception handling, interface, and many more. And also how to write your code in a faster way, how to reuse your code, how to improve your performance and many more things are there.

You can buy from here.

2. Core Java, Volume II—Advanced Features, Eleventh Edition is an advanced level. All the examples and practice exercises are created very carefully for the serious programmers to learn each topic in a depth and in a complete way. And the most important thing about the book is it explains how to use library features and how to build real-world applications in a complete way.

You can buy from here.

6. Java A Beginner’s Guide

The author of the book is Java Guru Herbert Schildt, author, programmer, and musician. He has written books in various other languages( Java: The Complete Reference) and both are trendy books.

Highly recommended to advanced level and also beginners who have basic knowledge of Java language. It covers right from basic topics to advanced level topics with the help of hands-on examples, exercises, and at the end, you will get and self-test, exercise, and downloadable code samples. The most important thing about the book is its focuses on both theory and practical coding which is beneficial to learn any language and helps you to develop applications.

You can buy from here.

7. Thinking in Java

The author of the book is Bruce Eckel, computer programmer, author and consultant.

The book is a must-read book for the java programmer who wants to learn OOP in-depth and how to apply OOP and this is not for beginners. Each chapter is covered in very depth and includes a summary, exercises that are very tough, and challenges in the end. The book helps you to solve problems in a variety of ways which makes your code understandable, reusable, and maintainable.

Thinking in Java starts with the OOP introduction and covers a lot of topics such as XML, Design Patterns, etc.

 “This is one of the best books I’ve read about a programming language… The best book is ever written on Java.”

―Randall R. Hawley, automation technician, Eli Lilly & Co.

You can buy from here.

These are some recommended books for every Java programmer but these are not the only books you have to recommend yourself. There are so many more books you can recommend yourself other than this books, Following are some more Java books which help you to learn Java language in a pro-level:

  1. Java Concurrency in Practice
  2. Test-Driven: TDD and Acceptance TDD for Java Developers
  3. Head First Object-Oriented Analysis Design
  4. Java Performance: The Definite Guide
  5. Effective Java
  6. Java 8 in Action
  7. Spring in Action

Courses Books

So now question arises why you have to learn any courses??

See you have learned all the basic to advanced level concepts of Java language but where you have to implement your knowledge of Java language. You have to use your experience to learn these professional courses which help you to get a job and make a future in it. As most of the programmer learn any courses from videos or articles and its good to learn from best sites( Udemy, Coursera, etc) but having a book helps you to clear your doubts in a limited time.

Following are the list of all the books for professional course:

Learn Java for Android Development

The book helps you to learn Android app development. It helps you to learn fundamental Java language skills by which you can build apps like game apps, etc.

For learning Android app development you have to clear your concepts of Java language and its APIs which helps you to become a successful app developer.

You can buy from here.

Guide to Web Development with Java

The books teach you to complete Web Development with the help of the Java language. It introduces you to three-tiered, Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture by using Hibernate, JSPs, and Java Servlets. This helps you to make your website, how to save user input, and how to save data to a database.

All the topics are covered in a very easy way with a lot example and exercise.

You can buy from here.

Spring Boot in Action

Spring Boot in Action focuses to write applications with the help of Spring Boot. In this, you will get to learn about how to bypass configuration steps so that you can focus on your application’s behavior. The author uses practical examples to learn all the concepts and teach you how to use the default settings effectively and how to override and customize Spring Boot for your unique environment.

You can buy from here.

Cloud Native Java

The book helps you to learn the Spring Boot microframework for developing modern, cloud-ready JVM applications and microservices, and many more.

You can buy from here.

Spring Microservices in Action

Spring Microservices in Action teaches you how to build microservice-based applications using Java and the Spring platform.

You can buy from here.

Beginning Java 8 APIs, Extensions and Libraries: Swing, JavaFX, JavaScript, JDBC and Network Programming APIs

The book covers extensions of the Java programming language such as Swing, JavaFX, network programming, and JDBC. Each topic starts with the discussions by providing simple java code, easy instruction, more than 130 images to visualize and better understanding, 130 complete programs for practice, and many more.

You can buy from here.

The DevOps Handbook

What is DevOps?

DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. source(AWS)

DevOps helps you to increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals.

You can buy from here.

Mastering Java Machine Learning

The book helps you to master in Machine Learning by providing more than 15 open-source java tools with code, more than 10 real-world case studies, and most important that the book focuses on both theoretical and practical knowledge.

You can buy from here.

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach

The books helps you to learn Artificial Intelligence by providing comprehensive, up to date theory and practice. this book is also for one or two-semester, undergraduate or graduate-level courses in Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Peter Norvig, contributing Artificial Intelligence author and Professor Sebastian Thrun, a Pearson author are offering a free online course at Stanford University on artificial intelligence.

You can buy from here.


I hope you like the list of all the Java language books as well as Courses books. Learning Java language is a very easy task, just start with fundamental topic and the increase you skills to learn advanced topics. After then you can start implementing your knowledge while learning any courses.

Tip: Learn from every platform whether it is videos( Udemy, Coursera, YouTube, etc), articles and books.

Lastly comment down if you are using any book from this list, lets check which book is the best for Java Programmers.

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