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Beginner Needs Advice

 
Donnie Yen
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Hello,
I am currently in the field of Web Development. My current tools are HTML, JavaScript, CSS, some SQL, and Cold Fusion (for the fun stuff). I am happy but would like to move more into the field of programming and Java seems the natural choice. The job market looks friendly to those with Java skill as well.
What would the more experienced Java programmers here suggest I do? I've purchased the Wrox book "Beginning Java" and will start there. If I want to become proficent enough to where I can take a job in this field, what steps should I take?
Thanks very much for any advice.
 
Matthew Phillips
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This tutorial helped me get started with Java. I would also highly recommend checking out the Cattle Drive and the associated Cattle Drive forum to get some coding practice. This nitpicking on the Cattle Drive is more than worth the money, but you can still go through the assignments, without the nitpicking, for free.
 
Dirk Schreckmann
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...and when you're ready, take and pass the Sun Certified Java Programmer test.
 
Donnie Yen
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Thanks for the advice guys. The tutorial looks like a great place to start.
I have a follow up question - What would be a decent, cheap (or free) development program for me to use? I'm running a WIndows box with XP Pro.
 
Dirk Schreckmann
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Many people are strong proponents of using javac and java (of Sun's JDK) from the command line and notepad to create and edit the source files when beginning to learn Java. This way, none of the details of how Java works are being hidden from you by some IDE.
Someone probably has a recommendation for a free text editor that also uses different colors to display different aspects of the source code.
JCreator offers a free and very basic Java IDE that I use.
Note: You'll find Sun's JDK at http://java.sun.com
Good Luck.
 
Bosun Bello
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As for a text editor, you can't go wrong with textpad. www.textpad.com
 
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