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Maureen Charlton
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
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I'm not sure whether or not this is the right place to put this but I am a beginner and have been trying to understand the basic concepts of Java for over four months now. Unfortunately I have been unsuccessful.

I have spent a great deal of money, time and effort on a course, invested in plenty of books - but I have found that I have understood more from what I have read on the threads from JavaRanch. Hence I am posting this thread here.

I wondered if somebody would be interested in giving me one to one tuition on the things I don't understand. I don't want someone to simply write code for me, I would like someone who is able to explain things to me - like Dun Dagna does. I'm happy to do this by email if travel and distance is a problem.

Please let me know if this is possible, and if so how much would it cost?

Thanking you in advance.
Nick George
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Joined: Apr 04, 2004
Posts: 815
My understanding is that the Ranch itself offers such an email class, the Cattle Drive.

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fred rosenberger
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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You can also post questions here. Most ranchers are pretty friendly, and as long as you make an honest effort, they'll bend over backwards to help you.

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Nigel Browne
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Joined: May 15, 2001
Posts: 673
Maureen, most ranchers learn alot from the reading posts of other ranchers, continue to post questions. If there are specific topics that are confusing you. Try to detail the areas that you are finding hard to grasp and we will try to help you get a fuller understanding of the topic.
Matt Fielder
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Joined: Oct 27, 2004
Posts: 158
If I may add...
I'm a beginner with Java as well. Just try. Come here and ask for help. as long as you put forth some effort no matter how freakin far off you are, just post it. I've been to other Java forums and this one BY FAR is the friendliest place to ask simple questions and look for support and guidance.

I can't stress enough though, try on your own first.
Rick Rutherford

Joined: Nov 03, 2004
Posts: 3
Originally posted by Nick George:
My understanding is that the Ranch itself offers such an email class, the Cattle Drive.

I'll second this recommendation... it sounds like the Cattle Drive is exactly what you're looking for.
Jimmy Die
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Joined: Nov 20, 2003
Posts: 97

I can appreciate you comment, and I can also relate. I bought several books, and on-line courses and for the longest time it seemed that all I was learning was the upper row of the keyboard while using the shift key.

I felt that it was chicken and the egg. Understanding the java programming fundementals sort of required a understanding of objects. Books with objects required understanding the fundementals. Nothing really resignated.

I also didn't like posting in forums mainly because I felt that I didn't know what questions to ask. It was that blurry for me. There were times (even now sometimes) I wondered that maybe I shouldn't be trying to learn something which was so difficult, and perhaps I had no natural talents for. But what I lacked natural talent for I make up in determination.

I found a beginner java book an read each chapter until the content clicked with me. I read some chapters more then 7 times! (Time for a career change?). But once I "broke through" ahh... that was nice!

Summary: 4 months I was not even yet at javaranch so you were ahead of me. Keep on keeping on!

Jimmy Die
David Milligan

Joined: Nov 09, 2004
Posts: 2
Wise words there Jimmy. I have been learning java for almost two years, I have just found JavaRanch: it's a great help.
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