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Practical tutorials for a beginner

Haani Naz

Joined: May 30, 2010
Posts: 23
Hi Guys,

i'm currently learning java off the book head first java. its a great book but i'd like to be able to apply my knowledge by doing some pracs.

anybody know of any websites where they offer tutorials, labs etc. so i can practice my skills?

Hebert Coelho
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I believe that it will be better for you if you practice the exercises that you will find in the book. You will see how good it will be for your learning.

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Campbell Ritchie

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Search for JavaBat, which has some difficult exercises. They only take a few lines to solve.
Jesper de Jong
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Oracle has a good set of tutorials that cover many different Java programming topics.

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Winston Gutkowski

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Haani Naz wrote:i'm currently learning java off the book head first java. its a great book but i'd like to be able to apply my knowledge by doing some pracs...

One possibility is to write some simple games: Naughts and crosses or Nim are generally fun, because in addition to the game itself, there's also a winning (or non-losing) strategy to consider. Others include Mastermind, Battleship or Hangman, where the game presentation itself is the main concern.
If you want to push the boat out a bit further, you could maybe try Blackjack, Craps or even Backgammon. The nice thing about them is that you can add a scorekeeper that keeps track of a player's money/chips, and write modules for things like throwing dice or dealing cards; they also have more complex rules that the program has to follow.

Whatever you decide, I'd say: stick to something that interests you.


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