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.
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.
Joined: Dec 10, 2001
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.