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LaToya Perry
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Joined: Aug 25, 2003
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I have no idea what java is and i have no background on the subject. I have to take a class this semester and I already know i'm gonna be lost without help. Where can i find information on java thats geared towards someone without a background in programming. Thanks!
Gregg Bolinger
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The Java Tutorial at http://java.sun.com is where I started. Can't think of anything better aside from buying a good book.
What book is required for your class?
P.S. Another good starting point is the Cattle Drive located here at http://www.javaranch.com.
[ August 25, 2003: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]

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Jeff Bosch
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For the programming newbie, Teach Yourself Beginning Programming in 24 Hours teaches programming fundamentals using Java. Amazon has used copies for as low as $4.50.
After you get the basics down, come and visit JavaRanch frequently. You'll probably enjoy the Java Rules Roundup, a game that tests your Java knowledge, plus the forums (fora?) and, well, it's ***all** interesting and helpful.
Good luck, and welcome to Java! Once you get over the initial learning curve, it's a fun language.
Regards,
Jeff


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Gabriel White
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Word from the not so wise...Just don't take an internet class.
Doyle P. Haugen
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Joined: Aug 22, 2003
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Originally posted by Steve Wysocki:
Word from the not so wise...Just don't take an internet class.

Can I ask for your reasoning behind this statement? This very site offers its own class, and I am considering taking it.
LaToya Perry
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Joined: Aug 25, 2003
Posts: 3
Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
The Java Tutorial at http://java.sun.com is where I started. Can't think of anything better aside from buying a good book.
What book is required for your class?
P.S. Another good starting point is the Cattle Drive located here at http://www.javaranch.com.
[ August 25, 2003: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]

There is no book required for my class. He just gave us some links to different web sites, but i think they are more designed for people who ahve some knowlege of java already.
Dirk Schreckmann
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For the absolute beginner, let me suggest taking a look at Introduction to Computer Science using Java by Bradley Kjell. It's free and the lessons take it nice and easy, step-by-step.
Otherwise, here is a list of other free on-line Java tutorials and books that I have found useful:
  • Sun's Java Tutorial
  • 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 a pre-release version of his coming Java Rules Volume 2 book at http://www.javarules.com
    And of course, the best advice is hang out at the Ranch! With tens of thousands of registered users, if you ask a good question (or even a not so good question), you're bound to get some good help.


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