This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide 1Z0-808 and have Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff on-line! See this thread for details.
Welcome to the Cattle Drive -
I'm fairly new to Java programming, so I might not be much help there, but there are lots of hints to the first few programs if you do a search in this forum. I found that out after I had gone down some strange paths. Still, I learned a bunch in that process, too!