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Old 06-07-2014, 11:06 PM
GreekSquared GreekSquared is offline
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When searching for a technical book, I too attempt to find those that have exercises and projects to complete and unfortunately there are way too many highly rated books on amazon that have absolutely no practice problems. I've never once had a book issued from a professor that was not replete with problems at the end of the chapter.

I can fly through material in text books that make perfect sense at the time, but if I'm not actually building a project I won't remember any of it a couple weeks later.

OP, there is the great algorithms class on coursera offered from Princeton that is taught entirely in Java. All you need is perhaps 20 hours of basic Java tutorials/coding and you will be ready for it. There are weekly assignments that are challenging with extremely good feedback - actually, unbelievably good for an autograder. You will learn a ton if you complete all the assignments.
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