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lak naidu

Joined: May 16, 2003
Posts: 12
Hi All,
Could anyone in the group please let me know if there are any sample java projects online that i could do on my own to improve my skills in java. Please let me know.

Thank you
Jimmy Die
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Joined: Nov 20, 2003
Posts: 97

From listening to similiar queries in forms I've learned that there are some here at javaranch at the cattledrive.Cattledrive

Jimmy Die
lak naidu

Joined: May 16, 2003
Posts: 12
Thank you very much for your reply. I had a look at the link that you provided and learnt that i would have to pay $200 to get the work evaluated.
This looks like a very good source to learn working on Java. I how ever have another question for you. Do you think it would be a good idea to attempt appearing for the SCJD exam as that would also be on the similar lines? Please advice.

Thanks for all your time.
Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
Here is a list of free on-line Java tutorials and books that I have found useful. Many of these resources include practice exercises.
  • 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
  • Allen B. Downey's How To Think Like A Computer Scientist

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    Jimmy Die
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    Joined: Nov 20, 2003
    Posts: 97

    Original question was that you wanted project ideas. If you want the feed back it will indeed cost 200$. In my case I don't feel that I need the feedback, (or I don't have 200$) so If I run out of ideas for learning java maybe I go to the cattledrive and do one of their projects and struggle by myself... If it works I'm happy. Now if there is an area of Java that I'm not strong in I work with some tutorials either by some books I've already paid for or the many free tutorals on line.

    The SCJD is a downloaded project. Whether you should download the project and pay the SCJD fee is a question of, Do you have the money to do it right now. If not just keep learning from Once you download the project the real queation is: when should you submit the project for review? You may find more suggestions in the SCJD forum.

    Good luck!
    Layne Lund
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    Joined: Dec 06, 2001
    Posts: 3061
    TopCoder holds programming competitions where you can use several languages, including Java. They have many practice problems to help members get ready for the competitions. Also, if you do well in the competitions, the major tournaments have cash prizes. Don't feel intimidated by the pros that frequent the site. There are coders of all levels in the competitions. I've found it a great site to practice my Java skills, and you may even get some advice from some of the more experienced coders. When you register, please tell them that "Code-Guru" sent you. (There's a referal field somewhere in the registration form.)

    Keep Coding! (TM)


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