Great to finally be able to join the java world.I have lots of questions but all just the basics so I beg that you be understanding as you read through(coz to the experienced,it might be total trash)
How do I start up my compiler using "cmd prompt" and how do I get to test my applet?
Please help me out as am totally new to this environment.Every book I've read seems to be omitting this part and suggesting other compilers.
[Sun's New To Java Center|http://java.sun.com/learning/new2java/index.html]
Includes an overview of what Java is, instructions for setting up Java, an intro to programming (that includes links to the above tutorial or to parts of it), quizzes, a list of resources, and info on certification and courses.
A general Java resource site. Includes FAQs, forums, courses, more.
To quote the tagline on their homepage: "a friendly place for Java greenhorns." FAQs, forums (moderated, I believe), sample code, all kinds of goodies for newbies. From what I've heard, they live up to the "friendly" claim.
Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra's [Head First Java|http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0596004656?v=glance]
James Gosling's [The Java Programming Language|http://www.amazon.com/Java-TM-Programming-Language-4th/dp/0321349806/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247059012&sr=1-1]
Gosling is the creator of Java. It doesn't get much more authoritative than this.
Joshua Bloch and Neal Gafter [Java Puzzlers.|http://www.javapuzzlers.com/]