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Question: Useful Applications of Java

 
Ellis Pencil
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Hi Javaranch!
My name is Ellis.
I'm from Southeast Asia.
I like to draw. I'm a junior member on
wetcanvas.com, artpapa.com and
conceptart.org
I want to learn programming.
I already downloaded java and
tried the hello world exercises.
I want to try more exciting and
useful java applications(calculator,
streetfighter type of games and
grading system).
Please provide some useful links for
the absolute beginner.
What are the different useful
applications that can be made using
java?
Is this language easy to learn
(can it take only 4 weeks to fully
understand this language and already
make professional level java applications)?
I have no programming background.
 
John Smith
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Is this language easy to learn
(can it take only 4 weeks to fully
understand this language and already
make professional level java applications)?
I have no programming background.

Programming is a profession. Can you become a surgeon in 4 weeks? Yeah, but the mortality ratio of your patients will be rather high. Just like any other profession, programming requires a certain aptitude and experience.
 
HS Thomas
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If you are interested in art it is quite easy to get started with Applets
Here is a link that looks good.
(I can't verify that the Applet works well just yet 'cos at the moment I'm fighting Mandrake and it's winning. It took me 2 weeks to kill Red Hat. But this afternoon I should be able to verify the site is good)
Java Art Gallery
"We decided to show just a few java applets, because of their complexity and taking into account their download time. We will create almost anything in java, from simple logos, intros and ads to password protection applets. Enjoy the sights and move your mouse over the water and lights to create other effects.

Note: If you can't see the applets (a gray box instead) is because you may need to download the virtual java machine from microsoft and install it in your system."
I think I'll skip that last tip . From
Java Art by Star Raider
Search on Java Art in Google/Yahoo. If you can find answers to whether using Java Web Start may be a better option than Applets in these sites you are well on your way to becoming a professional IMHO.
Or Flash animation. Basically pick your poison for what you'd like to be remembered for..
[ December 30, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
 
Brian Pipa
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One of the best places to find GREAT Java applications is at Sun's own Swing Sightings:
http://java.sun.com/products/jfc/tsc/sightings/S19.html
They are on their 19th issue - each issue showcases about 6 or 7 really nice Java applications.
Also, one Java application I use all the time (besides my own Java apps) is Azureus (http://azureus.sourceforge.net)- a Java Bittorrent application.
Brian
 
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First, learn How To Think Like A Computer Scientist. It's a good introduction to the tools programmers use.
Then bookmark the Java Tutorial and start working through it. That's a good overview of the Java language. There's a lot to the Java API. I count over 2000 classes in the java.* and javax.* package hierarchy, so you aren't going to cover it in 4 weeks. Start reading and writing code. It's the only way to learn how to program.
 
Dirk Schreckmann
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Please provide some useful links for
the absolute beginner.

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
  • JavaRanch's own Campfire Stories

  • What are the different useful applications that can be made using java?
    You name it.
    Is this language easy to learn
    (can it take only 4 weeks to fully
    understand this language and already
    make professional level java applications)?

    It's not too tough to learn the syntax of the language, it's developing the skills to solve problems with the language that takes lots of doing.
    Forget about 4 weeks.
    I have no programming background.
    No problem. Neither did I two years ago. If you apply yourself, I'm sure you can learn a lot.
     
    I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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