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AP Computer Science

calmy8899calmy8899 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
edited September 2007 in AP Tests Preparation
Hello. I was wondering if some people can recommend good books that can help me learn java and computer science as I am a beginner.
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Replies to: AP Computer Science

  • orchdorkbandoorchdorkbando Registered User Posts: 348 Member
    i would vote barrons.
  • apathyapathy Registered User Posts: 590 Member
    ditto for Barron's.
  • shravasshravas Registered User Posts: 2,056 Senior Member
    Java programming from the Beginning is good for learning. A lot better than Barron's.
  • calmy8899calmy8899 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    Thanks for all your responses. Anybody else have suggestions?
  • al6200al6200 Registered User Posts: 1,579 Senior Member
    Barrons ftw.
  • shravasshravas Registered User Posts: 2,056 Senior Member
    Yea, try not to get Barron's or any other review book for actually learning. At least, if you're actually serious about learning programming and not just trying to take another AP test.
  • calmy8899calmy8899 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    Well, I'm trying to learn programming first and I am interested. Then, once I'm familiar with introductory programming, then I would like to learn more about computer science for the ap test. Does anybody have more suggestions of what java beginner books I should use?
  • AznN3rdAznN3rd Registered User Posts: 1,292 Senior Member
    Is it just me, or is comp sci the hardest AP? For once, I cant figure out what to do.
  • apathyapathy Registered User Posts: 590 Member
    it's more getting the logistics than anything. you learn to program without crashing the computer, you're all set for the AP.

    i think the curve must also be pretty generous, because when i took the AP i almost wanted to shoot myself. i thought i did horribly, and then i got back my score and it was a 5.

    calmy8899, if you want to learn anything that has its roots in computers or computer language, the internet is always the best resource. not only because it's totally free, but because you can find EVERYTHING, stuff that books sometimes don't have. i learned HTML through htmlgoodies and the www3 site. i learned a lot of Java through some sites i looked up on Google.

    if you'd rather have a book next to you while you learned stuff though, Java For Dummies is pretty easy to understand.
  • al6200al6200 Registered User Posts: 1,579 Senior Member
    I took AP Computer Science A without the class and got a 5. I'd say its harder than any of the humanities APs (except maybe US history), but I'd say its also easier than Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, or Statistics.
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