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New to Java and J2ME

 
Ahmed Maher
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Hello all

I was lucky to discover this discussion forum.

I am a very new to either Java or C++. I have Nokia 7650 and would like to enter the programming world for it. I was really hesitated on whether to use Java or C++, but have been told that Java is easier to learn.

I downloaded J2ME (sun one studio) and I don't think I need any further installation if I want to start development.

Now I got 'Teach yourself JAVA in 21 days', but it seems to me that this is different issue.

Now built on the above background, I have the following questions:

1. Is J2ME better than C++ for me now?.
2. Do I need to install any further thing to run J2ME?. What is MIDP for example?.
3. What shall I do to learn J2ME, being very new to JAVA itself?.

Your advice is more than appreciated as I am really lost on this world.

Cheers
Ahmed
 
Matthew Phillips
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I agree with the people who told you that Java is easier to learn that C++. It is certainly a good language to start learning to program with. I would recommend that you concentrate on the core Java language before moving on the J2ME. Spend some time with the book you bought and check out the Cattle Drive. Even if you don't want to pay for the nitpicking feature, the exercises are good for beginners. When you have questions, pick the most appropriate Javaranch forum and ask away.
Once you have a firm grasp of the Java basics, then move on to J2ME. If you search this forum, you will find a lot of links to free tutorials online. Check out the Bunkhouse miscellaneous section for reviews of books on J2ME.
 
Ahmed Maher
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Thanks Mathew for the reply.
Another question I would need an answer for in order to get use of the book:
where is JAVA that I need to install? as I just installed J2ME.
Cheers for your help
 
Ahmed Maher
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Forgot to ask if there is a book for J2ME that begins assuming that the reader is new to Java2?.
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Matthew Phillips
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You can download J2SE from Sun. I don't know of any books that assume no knowledge of Java.
 
Layne Lund
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I am new to J2ME but have a good grasp of basic Java concepts. You should definitely start there before moving on to J2ME stuff. If you downloaded the whole Sun One suite, you should have everything you need to write your first Java application. Try one of the examples in the book, and if you have problems, ask a question in the Beginner forum.
 
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