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Alvin chew
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hi, would be a stupid question for all java GURU here, i have difficulty of reading up API document, do anyone here please share how to you start learning read up API ? thank you !
[ September 29, 2004: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]
 
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Originally posted by Alvin chew:
hi, would be a stupid question for all java GURU here, i have difficulty of reading up API document, do anyone here please share how to you start learning read up API ? thank you !


Start from the new features list here
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/relnotes/features.html#performance
 
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pradeep, what is the purpose to learn the features at first ? thank you !
 
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Alvin, your subject suggests that this is a question about the Just Java book which is being promoted this week. However, your question has nothing to do with the book. It's not even directed at Peter.

Please help us out by keeping general java questions seperate from the book promotion. I am going to edit your Subject so it is more relivent to your question. This will cause less confusion.
 
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sorry for confusion , and thank for correction..Gregg !!
 
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Hi, Alvin -

Reading the API docs before learning Java would be like reading a French dictionary without having learned French. I recommend learning Java first. Just by learning (and practicing!) the language, you will absorb much of the "technique" behind reading the API's.

Once you're familiar with the language, following the API's will make sense to you. You'll probably find yourself skipping around like you would with any reference work, such as a dictionary, where you look up a topic and, if you want to know more, you look up related topics and so on.

Hope that helps!
 
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Originally posted by Jeff Bosch:
Hi, Alvin -

Reading the API docs before learning Java would be like reading a French dictionary without having learned French. I recommend learning Java first. Just by learning (and practicing!) the language, you will absorb much of the "technique" behind reading the API's.

Once you're familiar with the language, following the API's will make sense to you. You'll probably find yourself skipping around like you would with any reference work, such as a dictionary, where you look up a topic and, if you want to know more, you look up related topics and so on.

Hope that helps!


I have to agree. When I first started learning Java people kept mentioning the API. So I would go look at it but found it hard to comprehend right ayway. It wasn't until I understood Java better that the API started making sense.
 
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Thanks Gregg for the clarification.
 
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Originally posted by Alvin chew:
hi, would be a stupid question for all java GURU here, i have difficulty of reading up API document, do anyone here please share how to you start learning read up API ? thank you !

[ September 29, 2004: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]


Java doc is beat way to study java programming language.

In java document have
1. General information
2. API and Language
3. Guide to feature
4. Tools
5. Demo
 
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what is the purpose to learn the features at first ?


Purpose to learn the feature.
1. How do you can do with java?
2. What is/are basic feature of java?
3. What is/are new feature of java version?
 
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thank you , all of your reply !!
 
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