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Leo Blum

Joined: Aug 20, 2003
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I am trying to learn java. I have not done any code for years(13). I just read Head First Java and wondering where to go from here to eventually get a job as a java programmer. Thanks for your help.
Jeff Bosch
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Joined: Jul 30, 2003
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Hi, Leo - welcome to Java.
The best way to learn Java is to practice, practice, practice. Sun has a great collection of free information to help you learn and practice, including a lot of very detailed step-by-step tutorials, on their website at:
Sun's Java 2 SDK Documentation. The Java 2 Platform image is an image map, and each of the "tiles" is a link to tutorials and reference material. The page also has a New to Java link that is worth exploring.
Jeff Bosch

Give a man a fish, he'll eat for one day. Teach a man to fish, he'll drink all your beer.
Cheers, Jeff (SCJP 1.4, SCJD in progress, if you can call that progress...)
Leo Blum

Joined: Aug 20, 2003
Posts: 2
Thanks for the reply Jeff. I have been checking into the Sun website and have downloaded some of the tutorials. Also have started Just Java2 from
Sun. The more I learn, the less I seem to know. Later.
Marilyn de Queiroz

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
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Originally posted by Leo Blum:
The more I learn, the less I seem to know. Later.

I know exactly what you mean, Leo.

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that's why they call it the present." Eleanor Roosevelt
Spike Spiegel

Joined: Aug 20, 2003
Posts: 20
If you want to have a job as a Java programmer I would also try to get your SCJP.
Gabriel White
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Yeah, and your MSDOS
Jeff Bosch
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Steve -
??? "Your MSDOS" ???
Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
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Here is a list of free on-line Java tutorials and books that I have found useful:
  • Sun's Java Tutorial
  • Introduction to Computer Science using Java by Bradley Kjell
  • Introduction to Programming Using Java by David J. Eck
  • Dick Baldwin's Java Programming Tutorials
  • Interactive Programming In Java by Lynn Andrea Stein
  • Bruce Eckel's Thinking In Java
  • And right now, Douglas Dunn is giving away free pre-release versions of his Java Rules Volume 2 book at

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