This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Hi Ropoty, I am very new to Java also and have been working my way through the Sun Java Tutorial. It is free and can be done online or downloaded to your PC. Go to: http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/ Good luck, and happy coding. [ February 17, 2004: Message edited by: Stuart Chambers ]
Hi Ropoty, Best thing to do, is find as much tutorials online as posible, to keep it cheap, make some programs up, you will need a JDK, get one from sun, make some programs up to get to grips with the language, and ask as many questions as you like in javaranch, we don't bite (that hard!! ) Good luck Davy [ February 18, 2004: Message edited by: Davy Kelly ] [ February 18, 2004: Message edited by: Davy Kelly ]
Practice, practice, practice! The only way to learn a new skill well is to DO IT. In this case, you need to write your own programs. I would start out simple at first and build up in complexity as your understanding increases. You can make up your own project ideas, but unless you've programmed in other languages before and have some idea how simple (or complicated) a program to be, this may not be the best place to start. I believe Java Ranch here has some example problems. You only have to pay them money if you want them to critique it for you. You should also check out TopCoder. They sponser coding competitions and post the questions used as practice problems. You can use their problem statements to write your own programs that solve them. I'm sure there are other Internet resources for typical programming problems and puzzles. Just search around if you need any ideas about what to practice.