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Ish Del
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Joined: Dec 05, 2012
Posts: 18
Im taking computer science courses and want to supplement some knowledge:
I have read or done these courses already:
procedural/intro programming using C++
OO programming using Java
Web design

future courses i have lined up:
database
advanced web design
datastructures and algorthims


I wanted to know what i could do on my own time to further my knowledge:
I have read the BLUE J book in java
I have read the C Thomas Wu book for Java

I have in my collection:
HeadFirst OO Design
HeadFirst Design Patterns
HEadfirst Servelts and JSP
Killer Game Programming


I was wondering what order should i read the books in my collection? Are there 2 i could read at the same time?

At this point should i be spending like 90% of my time coding and practicing and 10% reading? I want to learn the ins and outs of java but really want to have a nice theoretical level of knowledge as well. How do you guys balance learning the theory of computing overall vs the ins and outs of a particular language. Example... In theory this should work but version x.x.x of the language has a bug that etc... Or language A runs this code xxx times slower than language B.



Thanks
Campbell Ritchie
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Ish Del wrote: . . . At this point should i be spending like 90% of my time coding and practicing and 10% reading?
No. 50/50 more likely, but it is impossible to give definite figures.
. . . How do you guys balance learning the theory of computing overall vs the ins and outs of a particular language. Example... In theory this should work but version x.x.x of the java virtual has a bug that etc... Or the java virtual machine runs this code xxx times slower than native c++.



Thanks
What bugs? They are not nearly as common as you think? And when you wrote “slower”, did you mean “faster”?
Ish Del
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Joined: Dec 05, 2012
Posts: 18
Campbell Ritchie wrote:
Ish Del wrote: . . . At this point should i be spending like 90% of my time coding and practicing and 10% reading?
No. 50/50 more likely, but it is impossible to give definite figures.
. . . How do you guys balance learning the theory of computing overall vs the ins and outs of a particular language. Example... In theory this should work but version x.x.x of the java virtual has a bug that etc... Or the java virtual machine runs this code xxx times slower than native c++.

Thanks
What bugs? They are not nearly as common as you think? And when you wrote “slower”, did you mean “faster”?


I was merely using random made up examples to try and explain my question better. I edited original post to be generic.
Mansukhdeep Thind
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Joined: Jul 27, 2010
Posts: 1157

Hi Ish

Welcome. Until a few days ago, I also had the same mindset about learning all the things like a machine. As nature made us, we are not machines. Winston guided me in the right direction when he shared this link. It is an eye opener. Read it before you read any book. The correct approach to learning is more important than the lesson itself.


~ Mansukh
Campbell Ritchie
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Don’t edit posts which have been replied to. It makes the reply look nonsense.
 
Consider Paul's rocket mass heater.
 
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