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Mike Trudelle
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This is going to be a very noob question, but I was wondering if I could get some suggestions to assist in my self-learning of Java. I'm currently reading Murach's Java SE 6 and I have the API on a shortcut on my computer. I am also a new member on this forum as well (pretty obvious comment there). I'm working slowly through the book and am learning quite a bit and understanding fairly well. I was curious as to what kinda projects I should try to attempt and what other places I should try to look at. I don't really have much programming experience currently and I'm pretty good at hands-on learning, but didn't know where to start. Any assistance would be appreciated!
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

Try our Cattle Drive exercises in the first instance.
 
James Elsey
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Welcome to the Ranch, Mike ;)

If you can, try to pick up a book called "head first Java", read through that and try out the sample puzzles etc, also try out the code snippets they use and try to play around with them, try various things etc.


If you have specific questions, raise them up on here, you'll get some good advice

Good luck!
 
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James Elsey wrote:. . . pick up a book called "head first Java" . . .
Be sure to get the 2nd edition.
 
Mike Trudelle
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Thanks for all the input so far.. Ordered Head First Java, should be hitting my doorstep Friday.
 
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Good luck with it
 
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Welcome to the Ranch. Be sure to come here with your questions about
clarification and when you get stuck. If you ask questions that show good
effort on your part, many expert folks will pitch in to help. Good luck.

Jim ... ...
 
James Hambrick
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What I have done is after reading about a concept I would write a program that uses that concept. Then you can tweak it and see how things work, what works and what does not. Head First Java is a good book to use when learning Java, I have read through most of it. If you are totally new to Object Oriented Programming those theories may be hard to grasp so make sure ask around here. You will def. want to write as much code as possible when learning Java.
 
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