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Are U new to programming?

Mike Kelly
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
Posts: 78
I was wondering how many people here are new to programming altogether? My last job was a Realtor. I have no experience whatsoever with any other language. I've been studying Java approx 15months. Will take exam hopefully at end of this month. It's been a struggle, but I'm going to do it come hell or high water. Are there any others out there who are completely new to programming?
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I got a job as a webprogrammer for about 18 months ago. At that time I didn't know anything except that html is used on the internet. At my first day I nearly got a nervous breakdown. I was asked to loop through a database and so on. I didn't even know what a database was. Anyhow, I struggled to keep my job and after a couple of months I started to get the hang of it. I started real programming 6 months ago. I started learning java and I have a certification time 28 sep.
You are not alone.
Percy Densmore
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Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 214
Click on my profile icon above and you will see I am green to this field. I worked 7 years as a classroom interpreter for Deaf students. I started a Java course 2 years ago and finally getting to the point of Certification. I just missed it by 2 questions last month. It has been a real struggle for me as a mature student entering his 5th decade of life

Percy Densmore
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Ashish Hareet
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Joined: Jul 14, 2001
Posts: 375
I'm in the final year of my Chemical Engg . Computers always scared me so I chose Chemical over Computers . But after my exams in July this year I was lying waste . I'd read too much 'bout Java in the papers so I said what the heck , let's try & after a few weeks the darn thing got too addictive to quit .
Although it has been hard for me with no formal background in computers I think I'm doin pretty much alrite . Java(programming languages in general) is here to stay in my life.
Right now I'm working my way towards the SCJP exam in Dec 2001 .
I don't think I'll ever work on a Chemical Plant or a lab in my life. Java holds great potential in the Chemical industry & I wanna end up developing applications for the industry .
Mike Kelly
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
Posts: 78
Thanks for the replies and words of encouragement. I was just wondering how difficult it was for other beginners. This is a great resource for us all. Good luck to all of us.
Jose Botella
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Joined: Jul 03, 2001
Posts: 2120
I am new to programming too. Though I have been running a Windows NT LAN for yerars, I didn't know anything about serious programming except something about BASIC and Dbase+++. I decided to learn a programming language as a hobby, but I hope someday I will pass the SCJP and who knows then: the Java API is huge and endless.
I decided for Java mainly because it was so new, so bright , with many characteristics news with respect the other languages. Besides Visual Basic was not power/interesting enough and c++ too complicated. Besides that I was able to download a complete compiler and documentation just for free.

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Ashik Uzzaman
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Joined: Jul 05, 2001
Posts: 2373

Dear Mike,
I remember the days when...Just compiling a .java file and setting classpath in sysedit took so many days to me in the middle of last year! But it suddenly turned to a gr8 source of happiness.

Muhammad Ashikuzzaman (Fahim)
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform
--When you learn something, learn it by heart!

Ashik Uzzaman
Senior Software Engineer, TubeMogul, Emeryville, CA, USA.
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